Fracking firm’s monitoring site bid set for approval

The Cuadrilla Resourses site at Grange Hill, Singleton in 2011

The Cuadrilla Resourses site at Grange Hill, Singleton in 2011

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County council officers have recommended approval for gas exploration firm Cuadrilla’s application to carry out seismic and pressure monitoring at a site at Singleton, near Blackpool.

The council’s development control committee will meet on February 25 to discuss granting planning consent for the firm’s application for a site at Grange Hill.

Planning permission was originally granted for the site in 2010, and the well was safely drilled to its target depth of 10,700ft in 2011.

The county council has adjourned a decision on Cuadrilla’s applications to frack at sites in Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.

A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “The monitoring works at Grange Hill would complement the seismic monitoring arrays that we plan to install around our proposed new shale gas exploration sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road. The work complies with the recommendations made by the Royal Society and The Royal Academy of Engineering for the monitoring of background seismicity, before during and after hydraulic fracturing. The site would then be fully restored.

“The proposed monitoring does not entail further drilling or hydraulic fracturing at the Grange Hill site.”