Fracking firm Cuadrilla will appeal two planning decisions which refused permission for shale gas exploration in Lancashire.
The sites, at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, were denied planning permission by Lancashire County Council’s development control committee, a high profile move.
Cuadrilla will also appeal a separate decision which refused an application for seismic and ground water monitoring stations around the proposed Preston New Road site.
In a statement, Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said: "We have given careful consideration to appeal the planning decisions taken by Lancashire County Council. This is a natural step in the democratic process for deciding any planning application.
"I understand some people would prefer we did not appeal but I am confident we will demonstrate to Lancashire and the UK shale gas exploration and fracking is not only safe but represents a very real opportunity to create jobs, fuel businesses, heat UK homes and stimulate significant local economic growth.”
LCC’s decision to refuse the Preston New Road last month came despite planning officers recommending the proposals be approved. The Roseacre Wood site was recommended for refusal due to traffic implications and Cuadrilla has claimed it will review these in its appeal.