One of the flare stacks at Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site was no longer visible this morning.
A photo taken from outside the Preston New Road site near Blackpool showed just one of the two flares stacks above the noise barrier.
Local people reported the company was at the site yesterday (22 February 2022).
Two flares have been part of the view of Preston New Road since 2018.
Cuadrilla announced a fortnight ago (9 February 2022) that it would plug and abandon the two shale gas wells at the site.
A statement from the company said the work would comply with Oil & Gas Authority regulations.
Cuadrilla carried out the UK’s first high volume fracks on onshore horizontal wells at Preston New Road.
The fracks in autumn 2018 and summer 2019 caused earthquakes of a strength that breached UK regulations.
On 26 August 2019, the site was responsible for the UK’s largest fracking-induced seismic event, measuring 2.9 on the local magnitude scale.
The Oil & Gas Authority suspended fracking at Preston New Road that day. A moratorium on fracking was imposed across in England in November 2019 and remains in force.
DrillOrDrop asked Cuadrilla what had happened to the flare stack. We’ll update with any response.