UK-focused shale gas driller Cuadrilla Resources said Wednesday that it is continuing to consult with residents on proposals for two shale gas exploration sites in the Fylde area of Lancashire, England. The firm said that following the consultation it will apply for planning permission to drill and hydraulically fracture gas from up to four exploration wells at both the Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road sites.
Cuadrilla said it has been carrying out an extensive program of public consultation for the two sites, writing to more than 9,000 households and holding a variety of events to give residents the opportunity to find out more about the company's plans. The firm has also established community liaison groups dedicated to the sites.
Cuadrilla Chief Executive Francis Egan commented in a statement:
"Cuadrilla is committed to being a good neighbor and to talking to local residents and community representatives at every stage of the process.
"We announced in February the proposed locations for two new exploration sites in the Fylde as part of our work to understand the full potential of Lancashire's shale gas resources. We're currently speaking with local communities about our proposed new exploration sites and are listening to people's feedback on our proposals.
"We have received many comments from local people through the consultation events we have run, via our website and direct correspondence. Through the community liaison groups, publications and other meetings and methods, we will continue to engage with local residents to listen and continue to explain our proposals."
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