Energy firm Cuadrilla has secured environmental permits from the UK Environment Agency for the proposed shale gas exploration site at Roseacre Wood, near Elswick in Lancashire, the UK.

The environmental permits, which follow assessment of Cuadrilla’s applications and two periods of extensive public consultation since June 2014, enable the company to perform operations safely at the proposed shale gas exploration site.

Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan said: "We are pleased that the Environment Agency has granted our permits for our proposed exploration site at Roseacre Wood which follows the approval for permits at our other proposed site at Preston New Road.

"Following such a rigorous review and public consultation of all of our permit applications by the regulator, this unequivocally demonstrates that, as we have committed, our proposed exploratory operations will be carried out responsibly ensuring the local environment is protected."

Cuadrilla, as per the permit conditions, must protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and should ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of waste.

Environment Agency Lancashire environment manager Steve Molyneux said: "Over the past six months we have rigorously assessed Cuadrilla’s applications and carefully considered all of the public comments received."