Future fracking sites to be independently monitored

The British Geological Survey is to conduct independent monitoring at future fracking sites and intends to monitor two sites in Lancashire over their whole operational life-span

Sites that are rich in shale gas and oil and are therefore likely to be fracked in the future will be independently monitored by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in a bid to provide much needed baseline data.

In a UK first, BGS will also independently monitor the two fracking sites licensed to Cuadrilla at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood in Lancashire.

The Environment Agency (EA) granted Cuadrilla permission to explore for shale gas at Preston New Road on 16 January. A final decision from the EA is also expected soon on Cuadrilla's application for a licence at the Roseacre Wood site.

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