Cuadrilla to start fracking in England in weeks 

Posted: September 22, 2018 by oldbrew in fracking, News, Politics
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UK fracking regulation – a very slow process

It’s been a long time with many obstacles to overcome, but UK fracking seems finally to be close to the start line.


LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Shale gas developer Cuadrilla will start fracking at its Preston New Road site in northwest England in the next few weeks, it said on Wednesday as it announced government approval for a second well.

Hydraulically fracturing, or fracking, involves extracting gas from rocks by breaking them up with water and chemicals at high pressure and was halted in Britain seven years ago after causing earth tremors.

But the British government, keen to cut its reliance on imports as North Sea supplies dry up, has tightened regulation of the industry and gave consent in July for Cuadrilla to start fracking a first well at Preston New Road.

After approval for a second well at the site, Cuadrilla said on Wednesday that it would begin work “in readiness to start hydraulically fracturing both wells in the next few weeks.”

Cuadrilla said it would run an initial flow test of the gas produced from both wells for approximately six months.

The British Geological Survey estimates shale gas resources in northern England alone could amount to 1,300 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, 10 percent of which could meet the country’s demand for almost 40 years.

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  1. ivan says:

    They should start on Monday and get a jump on all the rent-a-mob protesters rather than allow said rent-a-mob to get organised.

    If Cuadrilla has been working for a few weeks without problems (shouldn’t be any) the rent-a-mob won’t have much to protest about. The government department responsible for holding up the go ahead should have the minister and top civil servants handed their P45s.

  2. Bitter@twisted says:


  3. oldbrew says:

    If there are any more ‘earthquakes’ (= mild tremors), expect a few more years of dithering.

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    “Frack ’em Dan-O!”

  5. JB says:

    Whether they frack or not, this is the era of tremors. People should just as well get their land-legs.

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    If there are any tremors claim they are caused by CLIMATE CHANGE © due to too many greenies flying to Climate conferences.