Cuadrilla to begin shale drilling in “couple of months” 

Posted: April 17, 2017 by oldbrew in Energy, Shale gas
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It’s been a bumpy road so far for UK shale gas and there could be more of the same ahead, but for now it’s progress. The US has shown that big economic benefits to the nation are there for the taking if the drilling is as successful as predicted.

British unconventional exploration company Cuadrilla plans to start the drilling stage of its shale gas exploratory plans in northwest England within the next “couple of months,” company CEO Francis Egan said this week.

Egan welcomed the UK’s High Court decision dismissing two claims made against Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid’s approval of planning for Cuadrillla’s Preston New Road site.

Last year, the company had its planning application denied by the local Lancashire councillors, but that was overruled by Javid, following a recommendation to approve from the council’s planning officers.

Opponents to Cuadrilla’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) plan, the Preston New Road Action Group, legally challenged the grant, and asked the High Court to rule against the government’s approval of the project.

“We respected the democratic right of those opposed to this consent to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision. However we always remained confident that the planning consent would stand,” said Egan, in a statement sent to Kallanish Energy.

The CEO, who a number of times expressed frustration with the lengthy permit application process, is “very pleased” with the outcome. “Work continues on the construction of the exploration site and we look forward to move to the drilling stage of our operations within the next couple of months,” he added.

Source: Cuadrilla To Begin Shale Drilling In “Couple Of Months” | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. AlecM says:


  2. ren says:

    Today blizzards in the UK, Germany, Poland.

  3. oldbrew says:

    No blizzards on Met Office forecast for UK today or next 5 days.

    But parts of the Scottish highlands did get a dusting.

  4. ren says:

    “Regional forecast

    London & South East England

    Cold overnight with frost possible. Fine with sunshine on Wednesday.

    This Evening and Tonight:

    Dry but cold overnight, with lengthy clear periods and light winds allowing temperatures to dip. This will lead to frost in some rural areas to end the night, and perhaps a few mist patches. Minimum Temperature -1C.”

  5. John H. Harmon says:

    Back to fracking: Southeastern Illinois had fracking when I was very young. At least by the very early 50s.Largely using explosives to generate the extreme pressure. Never heard a disparaging word on the practice until “Global Warming” became PC.
    On low temps: I now live near the Northern border of Illinois. I was here for -27F (-33C). Most years reach -20F. Visit us in January. You will LOVE England after the visit.

  6. ren says:

    Temperatures in Europe in the morning.

  7. ren says:

    Temperature above the North Pole is close to the average from the period 1958-2002.

  8. ren says:

    The total daily contribution to the surface mass balance from the entire ice sheet (blue line, Gt/day). Bottom: The accumulated surface mass balance from September 1st to now (blue line, Gt) and the season 2011-12 (red) which had very high summer melt in Greenland. For comparison, the mean curve from the period 1990-2013 is shown (dark grey). The same calendar day in each of the 24 years (in the period 1990-2013) will have its own value. These differences from year to year are illustrated by the light grey band. For each calendar day, however, the lowest and highest values of the 24 years have been left out.

  9. ren says:

    Distribution of ozone in the stratosphere shows that circulation in the stratosphere affects tropospheric circulation (they are compatible).

  10. ren says:

    Ozone particles are heavy.
    Molecular weight O3 = 16 + 16 + 16 = 48
                                O2 = 16 + 16 = 32
                                 N2 = 14 + 14 = 28

  11. oldbrew says:

    Fracking Sweeps Into China

    China has turned to hydraulic fracturing to decrease its dependency on foreign natural gas, according to state-run media.

    Read more:

  12. oldbrew says:


    Matt Lambert, director of government and public affairs at Cuadrilla, says the county can become a European hub for the controversial fracking industry

    11:01am 20th Apr 2017