Work begins at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site


Cuadrilla announced this morning it was starting surface construction work at its shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton in Lancashire.

Preston New Road Action Group, which opposes the development, said on Twitter that residents had not been informed that work had begun.

Lancashire Police has confirmed

“We have been made aware that road works will be commencing today on the A583 with temporary traffic lights near the Plumpton site”

A statement from the Cuadrilla said:

“Planning consent was granted in October 2016 and Lancashire County Council recently discharged the planning conditions and approved Cuadrilla’s associated management plans for the works.”

Two legal challenges have been submitted against the consent by the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, but no date for any hearings has been confirmed.

Cuadrilla said the Preston New Road site would take approximately three months to build and prepare before drilling can commence.

The statement added:

“These early works will include a new site entrance, access road and well pad. The top soil on the well pad will be cleared so a protective membrane can be installed to create an impermeable barrier underneath the site.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla said:

“The start of work on our new shale gas exploration site is an important milestone for Lancashire, bringing new economic growth and jobs for the County. The work will be undertaken to the highest safety and environmental standards. The operations are also underpinned by comprehensive site monitoring programmes undertaken separately by ourselves, regulators and independent academics. Twelve months from now we hope this work will prove the economic viability of this indigenous shale gas resource in Lancashire which will help improve energy security for the nation.”

Preston New Road Action Group said

“Cuadrilla have permission to start work on the road outside PNR site. Obviously ignoring any legal fracking challenges they are facing”

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  1. PhilipP-I suggest there is absolutely no need for me to disprove claims by FOE. They have been INDEPENDLY examined by the ASA, who were in receipt of all data submitted (I am not) and their determination is quite clear. ASA are not a fracking support group, they look at all complaints against false advertising claims within many industries. I have worked in advertising and I know how they work and always took care to make certain not to fall into such a situation. Everything seems to be a conspiracy to you. Perhaps you should forget conspiracy and just try to make a valid argument, without trying to put falsehoods in the mouths of those you argue with. FOE obviously could not make a valid argument-how much more time did they need? If you make a claim in advertising, you should have the independent proof to support that immediately you are challenged. Otherwise you have lots of posters showing super models holding a branded drink, saying drink this and look like me!
    PhilipP-have a look at recent fracking in India, where they utilised the good experience out of the USA, and refined to the local circumstances. (I do admit a small shareholding in that venture, but the lesson there is to be wary of investing in overseas operations acting within India. I should have noted Vodaphone’s experience.) Absolutely no problems whatsoever (apart from a little delay because of machinery adjustment.) No contamination, all fluids fully recovered-they measured it in, they measured it out and it created no road jams to do so. Gas was produced in good volumes from an area where gas has been extremely difficult to extract previously, although it is determined large reserves are in place. Huge requirement for gas in India, growing at a fast rate, such progress could help to reduce deforestation, and how could that help control climate change. But, of course, the tiger population in India is under stress so I am sure you could manufacture a link to the risks of fracking on the tiger. Perhaps Janet could measure their pregnancies!

    Don’t assume others know nothing about fracking because they have a different view to yourself. My point to John about industrialisation is that alternative energy facilities are just as industrialised, and that existing land based oil and gas extraction within UK are pretty discrete. Why do you think vast numbers of sites would be developed if fracking in UK was a technical success? Prices for gas and oil are already pretty low, (largely due to the success of fracking in USA which has meant the worlds largest user is no longer a major importer, and just might be why their interest in the Middle East has suddenly evaporated) and over development would simply drop those prices below what the companies concerned would desire. Supply +demand=price. That is a formula which it is extremely difficult to counter, but it seems the antis just want to ignore it. There are pretty strong indications that some of the UK geology would yield much higher returns than in the USA, so the chances of thousands of huge sites, extracting very little are zero. Pipelines? I suppose north sea gas goes via the internet? There are more pipelines under the UK than many are aware of, but it doesn’t mean more could not be easily constructed-by English workers rather than Chinese making solar panels!

    I quite liked your rant. It probably demonstrated the level of ignorance in so many posts on this site. Do you really think that what might be done in the fracking sites in the USA in the past will be what is done in the UK? If you actually did a little unbiased research you would easily find that the technical aspects are determined by the geology underground. This is one of the key reasons that test wells are required in new areas. Not because the drilling companies are experimenting, but because they wish to produce the best effect, for all concerned. No, they are not saints, but they are not economically illiterate either. But, then if they only employed yourself they could avoid all of that and just follow your one size fits all approach, that you can acquire by cutting and posting.

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