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Fracking due to resume at Preston New Road

There's been no activity since December, but that's about to change.

Energy firm Cuadrilla has announced fracking is due to resume at Preston New Road, just outside Blackpool.

Fracking began last October but had to stop on numerous  on occasions due to underground tremors measuring at more than 0.5 on the Richter scale.

No fracking has taken place on site since December but Cuadrilla said the process would get under way again by the end of August.

The Little Plumpton site has been the subject of repeated protests, and a number of arrests.

The company are now returning equipment to the site and are hoping to complete the work by November.

Cuadrilla is also planning to collect information about how the ground reacts to the process when fracking resumes.

The firm's chief executive Francis Egan said he was "looking forward to demonstrating over coming months that this remains an entirely safe and hugely exciting opportunity for the UK".

Cuadrilla hopes to trigger a technical review in order to raise the seismic operating limit.

Currently any tremor measuring 0.5 magnitude or above means fracking must be temporarily stopped while tests are carried out.

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