Cuadrilla to search for shale gas in Fylde, Lancashire

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Cuadrilla Resources will apply for a planning permission to search for shale gas on two sites in the Fylde area, Lancashire, after completing a public consultation.

Cuadrilla Chief Executive Francis Egan commented in a statement: “Cuadrilla is committed to being a good neighbour and to talking to local residents and community representatives at every stage of the process.”

“We announced in February the proposed locations for two new exploration sites in the Fylde as part of our work to understand the full potential of Lancashire’s shale gas resources. We’re currently speaking with local communities about our proposed new exploration sites and are listening to people’s feedback on our proposals.”

“We have received many comments from local people through the consultation events we have run, via our website and direct correspondence. Through the community liaison groups, publications and other meetings and methods, we will continue to engage with local residents to listen and continue to explain our proposals.”

Cuadrilla’s other UK sites include:

  • Weeton, Lancashire – currently the only well that was hydraulically fractured by Cuadrilla in the UK
  • Elswick – drilled and hydraulically fractured by a previous owner in 1993
  • Becconsall, Banks – drilled in 2011. Cuadrilla plans further testing of the well.[9]
  • Grange Hill, Singleton – drilled in 2011,[10] permit to hydraulically fracture applied for in July 2013.[11]
  • Kirkham – planning permission only.
  • Westby – Cuadrilla plans to apply for permission to drill a horizontal well and test with hydraulic fracturing.
  • Hale Hall Farm, Wharles – planning permission only
  • Balcombe in West Sussex – Cuadrilla announced in January 2014 that the well will not be fracked due to particular geology
  • Cowden, Kent – originally drilled by another company in 1999. Cuadrilla has no current plans for the site.
  • Lingfield, Surrey – expired planning permission only

Cuadrilla also holds  licences for research of hydrocarbons in tight sands and shale in Holland and Poland.

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