Cuadrilla announces two new fracking exploration sites
4 February 2014 Last updated at 20:21 GMT
Cuadrilla, one of the energy firms hoping to exploit the UK's shale gas resources, has announced two new exploration sites in Lancashire.
The company says it intends to apply for planning permission to drill and frack at two sites at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton near Blackpool.
It has to carry out an environmental impact assessment and apply for planning permission before fracking can take place.
John Moylan reports.