It is possibly the biggest planning decision Lancashire will ever take. And probably the most controversial.
But shale gas exploration – or fracking – is coming to a field near you soon, if councillors approve it by October.
The first of two huge applications has landed on the table at County Hall with a thud. It is thousands of pages thick and reveals for the first time the full extent of what explorers Cuadrilla intend to do with the green pastures between Preston and Blackpool and, more importantly, beneath them.