Work starts at fracking site in Lancashire

Work has begun at a controversial fracking site in Lancashire, it was revealed today.

Thursday, 5th January 2017, 11:11 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 1:01 pm
Fracking work like this is on the way
Fracking work like this is on the way

Gas exploration firm Cuadrilla has announced the start of initial surface construction works on its shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

Planning consent was granted in October 2016 and Lancashire County Council recently discharged the planning conditions and approved Cuadrilla’s associated management plans for the works.

The surface site, which is roughly the size of a rugby pitch, will take approximately three months to build and prepare before drilling can commence.

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Cuadrilla Chief Executive Francis Egan

These early works will include a new site entrance, access road and well pad.

The top soil on the well pad will be cleared so a protective membrane can be installed to create an impermeable barrier underneath the site.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla said: “The start of work on our new shale gas exploration site is an important milestone for Lancashire,

bringing new economic growth and jobs for the County. The work will be undertaken to the highest safety and environmental standards. The operations are also underpinned by comprehensive site monitoring programmes undertaken separately by ourselves, regulators and independent academics.

A lone protester on a bike at the site today. Picture: BBC

Twelve months from now we hope this work will prove the economic viability of this indigenous shale gas resource in Lancashire which will help improve energy security for the nation.”

Cuadrilla Chief Executive Francis Egan
A lone protester on a bike at the site today. Picture: BBC