13 new photos of the Preston New Road fracking site in Blackpool as a recent order to permanently seal the shaft has been put on hold

In the latest decision to open the well, chemical and energy company Ineos offered to drill the shale gas test site in a bid to show that extracting gas by fracking can be safe.

It comes after the government published its energy strategy which focuses on securing the UK’s energy supply, as Western countries consider how to reduce their dependence on Russian oil and gas.