Cuadrilla is “confident” that the Government will this week approve its plans to frack in Lancashire, in a “pivotal moment” for the UK shale gas industry, its chief executive Francis Egan has said. Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, is expected to announce on Thursday whether he will overrule local councillors and grant the company permission to frack at two sites between Blackpool and Preston. In a make-or-break week for UK frackers, councillors in Nottinghamshire will also vote on Wednesday on whether to open up a new exploration front in the East Midlands by approving proposed drilling by IGas. Cuadrilla’s plans were thrown out by Lancashire council last summer, despite one site, Preston New Road, being recommended for approval by local planning officials. The company’s appeal against th e rejections was heard at a public inquiry earlier this year, with the secret verdict of the planning inspector referred to the communities secretary in July.
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