The company which wants to extract shale gas beneath the Fylde has officially submitted an application to drill test wells at a site outside Blackpool.
Cuadrilla has submitted a planning application to Lancashire County Council (LCC) for its proposed Preston New Road shale gas exploration site.
The proposal covers the works required to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells on the site.
A detailed Environmental Statement (ES), resulting from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) produced by consultants at Arup has been submitted with the planning application.
Both the ES and the application will be available to the public once validated by the council, which is expected to be within the next two weeks.
Following validation LCC will launch a formal public consultation process, and it is expected a decision will be made on the site by the authority within a 16 week determination period.
Fracking is the process of injecting water and chemicals into the ground at high pressure to release the gas inside rock.
Cuadrilla says it will submit a separate planning application for its other proposed shale gas exploration site at Roseacre Wood shortly.
The second application and its accompanying ES will also be made available to the public once validated by LCC.