Picture Post: Storm Callum delays Cuadrilla’s first frack

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Preston New Road site 13 October 2018 Photo: DrillOrDrop

Cuadrilla confirmed this  morning it had postponed the start of fracking at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool until Monday.

A company spokesperson said:

“Due to weather conditions yesterday and this morning we will now start pumping on Monday. In high winds we couldn’t use the crane to manoeuvre some equipment into place.”

Today’s start for the first high volume hydraulic fracture in the UK since 2011 had been announced by Cuadrilla yesterday after the lifting of a High Court injunction.

This morning journalists and anti-fracking campaigners gathered outside the site on Preston New Road at Little Plumpton.

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Craig Bennett at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 13 October 2018. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Friends of the Earth chief executive, Craig Bennett, who was at the site this morning, said:

“If a bit of Lancashire weather can stop fracking it raises questions about the suitability of this site.  The wind may delay fracking but it won’t blow away the protesters.”

Opponents of the process said they would be back on Monday to mark the start of fracking at the site. This will be the first UK frack of a horizontal shale gas well. The most recent high volume fracturing – also carried out by Cuadrilla in Lancashire – was linked to small earthquakes.

Under the terms of the planning permission, fracking can be carried out at Preston New Road from 8am-9pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

Cuadrilla is due to carry out about 45 separate fracks on the first horizontal well. Each frack takes about 90 minutes.

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Fence at Preston New Road site 13 October 2018 Photo: DrillOrDrop

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Protestors at Preston New Road site 13 October 2018 Photo: DrillOrDrop

“Fight goes on”

Anti-fracking campaigners said they would continue the fight against fracking at Preston New Road, despite losing a legal challenge at the High Court this week.

Retired businessman, Bob Dennett, had sought an injunction against fracking after arguing that emergency plans for the Preston New Road site were not adequate to protect local people in an incident.

The injunction was not extended and Mr Dennett was refused permission for a judicial review of Lancashire County Council’s  emergency planning. But he said yesterday he would seek to challenge two points in the ruling at the Court of Appeal. DrillOrDrop report

The anti-fracking campaigner, Dame Vivienne Westwood, and her son, Joe Corre, are expected to visit people at the site entrance at about 12 noon on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Reporting from outside Preston New Road this morning was made possible by donations from individual DrillOrDrop readers

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  1. Jack-whilst you can continue with your nonsense, if I respond to it I am moderated. Hardly surprising therefore that you continue but I will not bother to respond whilst Paul gives you an uneven playing field.

    So, if you still are interested, you will have to scroll back through previous posts to get your answer.

    There are many sources of information you have previously identified you are unable to access Jack, so excuse me for not taking you through that again. I have given you plenty of references in the past but it seems that you are still unable to access them, and we know the reason for that. Whilst you might not identify that information many ladies and gentlemen will.

    • Ladies and Gentlemen are we ALL sitting comfortably ????? I can see with your above post , you have decided to treat us all to another episode of MARTIN’S.. …… JACKANORY TIME .

      I’m truly amazed how you can fly of at tangent with such complete and utter twaddle, whilst never addressing the issue in question .

      I put it to you, forum members

      (1) Has MARTIN EVER provided a link ???…… NO
      (2) Does MARTIN pretend he cann’t see difficult and uncomfortable evidence from world leading scientist that I directly put to him ??? ……..YES
      (3) Has MARTIN ever and I mean EVER presented me with any evidence , except the ONE AND ONLY time when he suggested I should ” pop on down to my local library ” and try and find some twaddle he said ????
      (4) Does MARTIN go strangely right of topic when not wanting to answer a difficult question ??? ……. YES

      ONCE AGAIN , I ask the members of this forum , don’t take my word for it. Read JACKTHELADS and MARTIN’S comments on this page …. YOU then decide who is a dreamer

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      • [Edited by moderator]

        When it comes down to the simple basics.

        It’s all about money , power and a twisted sense of superiority that some feel they have over others . With these sort of people , the well-being of other humans always comes a distant second .

        [Moderator:] References to the Second World War are usually removed as they tend to generate more heat than light in the discussion. [/moderator]

        • MARTIN ,

          To use the site Moderator as your reason why you Duck and Dive from answering uncomfortable questions and then continue with insinuations that I somehow have an unfair advantage because of the Moderator, is quite outrageous and totally OF THE CUFF .

          Members of the forum , read the content of MARTIN’S and my correspondence on this page and tben make your own minds up .

          [Typo corrected at poster’s request]

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