240+ households share Cuadrilla’s shale gas community payment

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Cuadrilla’s rig at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, 1 January 2018. Photo: Ros Wills

Cuadrilla said this morning more than 240 households living near its Preston New Road shale gas site near Blackpool have received a share of a £100,000 community benefit payment.

The company said 85% of entitled local residents had applied for the money. The payment is linked to the second shale gas well drilled at Preston New Road.

The £100,000 was split proportionately between households living within 1.5km of the site, Cuadrilla said. Households within 1km were entitled to about £2,000. Those between 1km and 1.5km were entitled to £150.

Money linked to the first well was paid into a community benefit fund. Grants from this fund will be paid to community projects local to the site in early spring this year, the company said.

Cuadrilla’s Chief Executive, Francis Egan, said in a statement:

“We are delighted to have made these payments directly to local householders after listening to their views on how the community payment should be distributed.

“It was encouraging to see so many of those entitled for a share of the £100,000 applying, with over 240 households local to the Preston New Road exploration site benefiting.

“Together with over 50 local jobs created and nearly £5m being invested to date in Lancashire, our community benefits initiative is another important example of how we are committed to putting Lancashire first from our shale gas exploration.”

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  1. TW

    The proposed Igas , CBM site in Davyhulme and proposed Igas Fracking site at Barton Moss would of brought MANY thousands of homes within the 1.5km perimeter .

    Whether it be one or ten thousand homes, the numbers are immaterial if there are genuine health or environmental risks associated with the project.

  2. More b&llo8ks from the governance:

    ‘“In years to come, I think people will be shocked at how today we allow so much plastic to be produced needlessly”‘ – good start TM

    ‘She will say the 2042 pledge to eliminate avoidable plastic waste – that which it is “technologically, environmentally and economically practical” to do so – will be met through a string of measures..’ oops there it is, the oil and gas lobbyist statement from the puppeteers.

    For those who like numbers
    2042 – 2018 = 24 years; thank the stars this lot will have imploded by then and a better person centered group will take the reins.

    ‘It is estimated that 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, with research indicating that without urgent action to cut demand this is likely to be 34 billion tonnes by 2050’ yep, that’s what your shale gas is for; unless of course we stop buying plastic packaging and start buying food!

    For the stats people that’s 8.3 b t divided by 68 years = avg 0.12 b t pa to date; predicted 0.8 b t pa an eight fold increase. So the fish that are ingesting the current waste will melt in your oven by 2050 as they will be completely made of plastic. Just to remind you, current scientists studying plastic ingestion in the food chain no longer eat fish….

    Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said the Prime Minister had shown a “complete lack of ambition”, adding: “The Conservatives should be eliminating all avoidable plastic waste now – a target of 2042 beggars belief.”. It sure does Vince, it sure does….

  3. I wonder Jack, how many of the households you are worried about have a car on their drive? Better contact them and tell them you want them all banned as they will not be allowed the risk to their health of taking them on the roads. Good luck with that.

    (maybe some of them have a new one!) Before you fall in the trap, remember many new cars are now leased.

    Shame old Vince did nothing when he had some power to do so. Nothing as attractive as whinging from the sidelines once you have no responsibility.

  4. So my family live 4.4 road miles away from the Cuadrilla fracking site at Preston New Road.

    The August Bank Holiday Monday 2.9 Hydrofrac Earthquake, along with it’s hundreds of smaller brothers, caused damage to my family home estimated to require several thousands pounds worth of repairs.

    Cuadrilla are fighting this obligation at the moment. I’m wondering how much damage was inflicted on those 240plus homes whose owners have accepted a few hundred pounds payout?

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