The U.K. government has approved a horizontal fracking permit at a Cuadrilla site in Lancashire, northern England, in a ruling that could have far-reaching consequences for the shale gas industry.
The Department for Communities and Local Government said that it was also minded to approve a second permit, Reuters reported, but required more evidence on road safety. The decision overrules one made by Lancashire County Council against the permits last year, Reuters added.
Fracking involves fracturing shale through an hydraulic process to obtain oil or gas. A ban on fracking in the U.K. was lifted in 2012.
In a statement, exploration and production company Cuadrilla said that it welcomed the decision.