Energy firm Cuadrilla resumes fracking

Posted: August 15, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, fracking, News, Shale gas

Note the deep shaft

Another attempt to convince a so-far reluctant UK government that shale gas work is far from being the pantomime villain that protesters want them to imagine it is. Insisting that ‘tremors’ far smaller than allowed in other comparable UK industries merit stoppages is unreasonable to say the least.

Energy firm Cuadrilla has resumed fracking at its site in Lancashire, it has confirmed.

Drilling began at the Preston New Road site in October but operations were halted on a number of occasions due to underground tremors, reports BBC News.

No fracking has taken place on the site since December.

The Little Plumpton site has been the focus of repeated demonstrations, with protesters saying fracking is harmful.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said the UK has “world-leading regulations that ensure shale gas exploration happens in a safe and environmentally responsible way”.

However, campaign group Friends of the Earth is calling on the government to ban fracking and support renewable energy.

Spokesperson Jamie Peters said: “Fracking just isn’t part of the future if we are serious about avoiding climate breakdown.”

Cuadrilla has been calling for a review of the threshold of seismic activity at which fracking must stop.

Currently tremors measuring 0.5 magnitude or above mean fracking must be temporarily stopped while tests are carried out.

The BEIS has confirmed there is currently a review by the Oil and Gas Authority of recent industry data which it “will consider once completed”.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Not that we’re impressed by ‘carbon footprints’, but anyway…

    UK shale gas could have a lower carbon footprint than much of the gas that is currently imported.

    More to the point, if it’s under our feet it’s ours and can’t be diverted elsewhere or cut off.

  2. stpaulchuck says:

    shale gas is an order of magnitude “kinder” than burning wood chips shipped all the way from the US. But then that is fact based not emotion based. My bad.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Funny how there’s only 12 years left to save the world, but getting our own gas out of the ground in the UK to fuel existing power plants takes longer than that.

    Then they will want the CO2 put back in the ground – unless it’s from incinerated trees. Logic fail :/

  4. oldbrew says:

    First oil flows from giant $7.7bn UK North Sea development
    Thursday 15 August 2019

    The Mariner field is estimated to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years

  5. It doesn't add up... says:

    To judge from the location of the microseismic event recorded by BGS they are reworking one of the wells they drilled last year.

    Let’s hope that Natascha Engel’s resignation over the absurdity of the regulations was not in vain.

  6. phil salmon says:

    It makes no sense for any technology company to invest in the UK unless they have shareholders who enjoy having the financial rug pulled from under them just for laughs. Cuadrilla should cut their losses and leave and so should everyone else.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Latest non-event…

    Fracking suspended in Blackpool after biggest earthquake yet

    Operations were paused for 18 hours from Wednesday evening while Cuadrilla monitored the site near Blackpool after a “micro seismic event” with a magnitude of 1.55.

    Most people who live near the site would not have felt the movement, which a spokesman for the firm claimed would have felt similar to someone dropping a large bag of shopping on the floor.

    “Minor movements of this level are to be expected and are way below anything that can cause harm or damage to anyone or their property,” he added. The “integrity” of the Preston New Road site has been confirmed by regulators, he added. [bold added]