Cuadrilla said this morning it had finished drilling the UK’s second horizontal shale gas well and would soon prepare for hydraulic fracturing at the site in Lancashire. The announcement coincided with news that a hose pipe ban for residents in the county would begin on 5 August.
The Green Party Co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, said today he would be raising community concerns with Cuadrilla about what would happen in an emergency at the company’s fracking site.
As expected, Cuadrilla has been allowed to dispose of rainwater collecting on its Preston New Road fracking site in a nearby stream.
The oil exploration company, UKOG, has had no right of access for operations at its site at Markwells Wood near Rowlands Castle for eight months, DrillOrDrop has learned.
Plans by the UK’s biggest shale gas licence holder to drill on the edge of the village of Woodsetts are to be decided in the morning by Rotherham Council’s planning board.
Fracking Week in Parliament The Government has disclosed that an estimate of 155 UK shale gas wells by 2025 is now considered to be out of date and there are no new figures.
The Environment Agency spelt out today what it sees as the risks to water from a shale gas industry.
Research by scientists at Manchester University has found that shale gas is one of the least sustainable choices for generating electricity.
A report released this afternoon recommends approval of plans by Cuadrilla to test the flow of oil at its well in Balcombe, West Sussex.
Researchers at Edinburgh University have warned that cost of waste treatment and a shortage of specialist facilities could limit the development of fracking in the UK.