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Cuadrilla halts drilling plans at contested site Balcombe

The company withdrew extension applications, which Greenpeace view as a victory for anti-fracking

Cuadrilla Resources has withdrawn applications to extend its license at a contested drilling site in Balcombe, southeast England, because of legal ambiguity over whether planning permission for the site was correctly granted three years ago. On 2 September Cuadrilla withdrew two applications it had lodged with West Sussex County Council that sought a six-month extension on its conventional oil drilling licence in Balcombe. Cuadrilla had also applied to increase the height of gas flares allowed during flow rate tests at the well. When Cuadrilla submitted its planning application in 2010 it showed only the above-ground layout of the one-acre drilling site. The company says it will now also s

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