First British shale gas 'to fuel homes next year’

Cuadrilla is preparing to submit planning applications by the end of this month to frack at two sites in Lancashire next year.

Shale gas could be fuelling British homes for the first time by late 2015, under plans from fracking firm Cuadrilla.
 
The company is preparing to submit planning applications by the end of this month to frack at two sites in Lancashire next year.
Francis Egan, Cuadrilla chief executive, said that, if successful, it planned to connect the test fracking sites up to the gas grid, in what would be a milestone first for the fledgling British shale gas industry.
 
He also suggested homeowners hostile to fracking beneath their land should be entitled to only minimal compensation, if any.
 
Cuadrilla hopes to gain planning permission for its two sites, near the villages of Roseacre and Little Plumpton, in time to start drilling at the end of this year. They could then be fracked next summer “in a best case scenario”.