New figures show benefits and costs to Lancashire from shale exploration

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Lorries queueing at Preston New Road. April 2018 Photo: Ros Wills

Cuadrilla announced today that the Preston New Road shale gas project had generated total spending of £8.6m in Lancashire economy since the start of 2016.

Meanwhile, figures from Lancashire Constabulary show that total costs for policing outside the well site at Preston New Road reached almost £7m by the end of March 2018.

Details of Cuadrilla’s spending in Lancashire are contained in the company’s quarterly “Lancashire Commitments Tracker“.

The latest version showed total spending from the start of 2016 up to the end of March this year.  In addition to the £7.58m spent directly by Cuadrilla in Lancashire, the tracker said the company’s contractors have now spent over £1 million in the local economy.

Cuadrilla tracker Q1 2018

The document also showed that Community Benefits payments by Cuadrilla have now reached the £200k figure promised after drilling two wells at Preston New Road.

Direct and indirect spending by Cuadrilla in the Lancashire economy Q1 2018

With the drilling phase nearing completion, Cudrilla’s direct spend fell by 12.5% over the quarter while the indirect spend from sub-contracting was the lowest recorded.  The total number of Lancashire-based contractors who have worked for the company increased by 5 to 37.

DrillOrDrop report on previous Lancashire Commitments Tracker

Total Policing costs approach £7m

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Protest outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 15 March 2018. Photo: Reclaim the Power

The latest data from Lancashire Police said the total cost of policing outside the site in the first quarter of 2018 was £1.02m.  This was slightly more than the figure for the first quarter of 2017, but a larger proportion of the costs was accounted for by overtime rather than normal hours (which are shown as Officer Plain Time on the chart).

lancs police figures

Other costs include non-staff costs such as equipment, cars and welfare vans and time.

The total cost of policing outside the Preston New Road site up to the end of March 2018 was £6.94m.

The Government had said it would contribute £1.4m, or around 20% of the bill, leaving the local force to bear the rest of the cost.  DrillOrDrop report

Reaction to the figures

Francis Egan, CEO of Cudrilla, said:Francis Egan 9 Lancashire for Shale

“Having completed drilling the first horizontal well into UK shale, and currently finishing the second, we are delighted that our important exploratory work at Preston New Road has benefited the local economy by nearly £9 million to date.

“We are also very encouraged to see even more businesses in the county registering to work with Cuadrilla via the Supply Chain Portal, especially as working with Lancashire suppliers remains a key priority and commitment for us, and that our suppliers have in turn generated over £1 million of revenue for other Lancashire companies.”

Frack Free Lancashire said:Frack Free Lancashire

“Cuadrilla would do well to consider offsetting their so-called “benefits” into Lancashire’s economy, with the spiralling expenditure that they have created by their imposition onto our community. For example, the policing bill alone has a price tag upwards of £7m and is estimated at nearly double that. Since the government are only returning 20% of this figure, we can clearly see the burden on taxpayers to publicly fund Cuadrilla’s private activities. That alone is a shocking fact.

“We would suggest they should concentrate their PR efforts upon respecting democracy and the crisis that is climate change. Fracking has zero future within the UK’s energy requirements nor its carbon budget. Renewables are our only option for a clean future.”

Lancashire for Shale

Lee Petts, Chair of Lancashire for Shale, said:
“It’s very pleasing to see that Cuadrilla and its contractors continue to favour Lancashire suppliers, and that local spend in the last quarter rose to £8.6 million – dwarfing the additional £2.7 million it’s cost Lancashire taxpayers to police the protests outside the Preston New Road site beyond the pay of those officers that would have been on duty anyway, and accounting for the fact the Home Office is footing £1.4 million of the policing bill too.”
Updated 2/5/2018 to include comment from Lee Petts of Lancashire for Shale

40 replies »

  1. The attack poodles are trying to behave like pack hounds. You clearly have some skin in the game Gregoryyy. What’s your line of business?

      • Pretty innocent so far Gregoryyy but if symptoms persist e.g. the compulsive urge to intimidate using playground name-calling, or other character assasination techniques, or playing fast and loose with the truth (where truth becomes merely an instrument for whatever promotes the rush to profits) then help may be at hand. The Catholics are spending (‘investing’) money getting their priests trained up in the art of exorcism. There are probably other ways of leaving the dark side though e.g. challenging Martin to a duel (even if he was your father). 😉

  2. Can’t quite understand your point. You state police are short of funds and nothing to do with fracking, yet Ruth clearly indicates the cost for Lancashire to police PNR. Yes, there would probably still be a precept but it might just be available to spend on positive things like saving lives by more police available to deal with motoring offences-preventing tragedy to families and cost to the NHS.

    For all the twaddle about “we say no”, the “we” is a minority and getting smaller and Cuadrilla are drilling away, paying out to the local community, and creating revenue for the local economy, whilst the antis seem to simply want to attack those who don’t agree with them to keep their colleagues excited.

    Within all of that, the local who might have genuine concerns, is exploited, but that is their line of business. Fracking is no different to many other “campaigns” that have been conducted over the recent past. The campaign follows a pretty predictable course, and when it is over a new “evil” is found to challenge. Plastic?

    • ‘ and Cuadrilla are drilling away, paying out to the local community, and creating revenue for the local economy’ – yes, with other people’s money….

      Now let me see……

      Hey guys, I’ve got a good idea. Wan’t to invest?
      Will it make money?
      What is it?
      Time travel.
      Time travel?
      Yes, I’ve been told it’s theoretically possible, we can build a time ship and go back and win the lottery….
      How much do you need?
      Ooh about 7.58mill for now.
      Won’t the locals object?
      Nah, they won’t know we are using highly toxic, radioactive material; [until it’s too late and we’ve sailed off into the sunset]
      Okay, I’m in. When will I expect a return?
      Err, some time in the future, [lol] Thanks for the dosh, now be seein’ yeh….
      Hey Brian!
      Yeh Stewie.
      Dish this money out, create a couple of jobs and pay for some stuff, make it look like we’re legit; don’t forget my director salary; forward it to the Cayman’s….gotta go, time ‘n tide wait for no one……

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