Lancashire County councillors unanimously agreed to reject the application for the Roseacre Wood site, near Fylde.
A second application by Cuadrilla for a similar test well at nearby Little Plumpton – which has been recommended for approval – will be considered by councillors on next week.
In response, Ken Cronin, chief executive of UKOOG – the trade association for the onshore oil and gas industry – said today: “We are saddened Lancashire County Council has rejected this application but it was expected given the officials’ report.
“The objections to this development are on narrow, local, site specific issues related to traffic, and on all the substantive environmental and safety matters relating to drilling of the well and hydraulic fracturing, the officials supported this application.”
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