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Fracking timeline January-May 2013


Bolney Resources Ltd changes its name to Cuadrilla Balcombe Ltd. https://www.duedil.com/company/06811588/cuadrilla-balcombe-limited


Balcombe Parish Council meets Cuadrilla. The company informs the council it intends to drill but not frack an exploratory well. The results will be analysed with three possible outcomes: 1. there is negligible oil flow and the well will be capped and abandoned; 2. there is sufficient natural flow and further exploration wells may be drilled at other locations to assess how much oil might be extracted without fracking; 3. there is insufficient natural flow and consideration will be given to applying for permission to frack. Options 2 and 3 would require a new application process and for option 3 an Environmental Impact Assessment. http://balcombeparishcouncil.com/2013/05/08/meeting-with-cuadrilla-2/ and http://balcombeparishcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/meeting-bpc-cuadrilla-on-03-05-133.pdf


Balcombe Parish Council criticises Cuadrilla. The council opposes the company’s use of market researchers to conduct a survey in the village. The council accuses the researchers of being disingenuous with parishioners about who commissioned the survey and its purpose. Cuadrilla says if this happened it was against the instructions given to surveyors. The company gives assurances that it will not undertake another survey in the village without notifying the council.

The parish council also asks Cuadrilla if it has approached Balcombe Estate about an extension to their lease of the site; apparently discussions have taken place. http://balcombeparishcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/meeting-bpc-cuadrilla-on-03-05-133.pdf


Cuadrilla announces plans to drill an exploratory well at Balcombe later in the year. “The company intends to commence discussions with local residents to explain exactly what this work will involve.” Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: “During the coming months, we will discuss our plans with residents and they will be able to visit the site to see for themselves what our work involves.” http://www.cuadrillaresources.com/news/cuadrilla-news/article/cuadrilla-commences-local-discussions-concerning-balcombe-test-drilling-plans/


Cuadrilla writes to residents. Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla Resources Ltd informs Balcombe residents that the company plans to drill, but not hydraulically fracture, an exploration well at its site in Balcombe in the summer. The company invites residents to a drop-in meeting on Thursday 23rd May from 4pm-8.30pm at Bramble Hall, Balcombe. http://balcombeparishcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/cuadrilla-residents-letter_0001_new.pdf


Strength of acid used in well. Balcombe Parish Council confirms the concentration of hydrochloric acid used to stimulate the exploratory well will be not more than 10%. http://balcombeparishcouncil.com/2013/05/14/cuadrilla-update-14513/


Cuadrilla holds a public information event in Bramble Hall, Balcombe to inform local residents about work planned for summer 2013.


Vehicle movements. Balcombe Parish Council confirms 60 vehicles will be involved in delivery and removal of the drilling rig (ie 120 vehicle movements). http://balcombeparishcouncil.com/2013/05/14/cuadrilla-update-14513/


Cuadrilla clarifies speed limits and air monitoring. Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla Resources Ltd, issues a statement to Balcombe Parish Council which aimed to “clarify some key points that have been brought to my attention”. The statement said Cuadrilla had decided to impose a 20 mph speed limit on all its traffic movements through the village and monitor air quality and make those results publically available. Mr Egan denied that the operations will or could result in the release of “toxic or carginogenic gases”. He said the company was not “aware of one single documented case of any member of the public or indeed workforce drilling those wells becoming ill as a consequence of natural gas flaring”. http://www.cuadrillaresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Statement-to-Balcombe-Parish-Council.pdf


More on speed limits. Cuadrilla agrees to operate a self-imposed speed restriction of 40 mph on the B2036 north of the village between The Cowdray pub and the start of the 30 mph limit on Church Hill. http://balcombeparishcouncil.com/2013/06/03/cuadrilla-speed-restrictions/

Timeline June 2013

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