Cuadrilla has confirmed it won’t be using the controversial technique of fracking at its site in West Sussex.
The firm said it won’t need to frack anymore as the rocks are “naturally fractured” but it still plans to test the site’s oil supply suitability using flow testing.
Flow testing is done to check the quantity and rate at which oil flows to the surface.
Cuadrilla said in a statement: “The presence of these natural fractures and the nature of the rock means that we do not intend to hydraulically fracture the exploration well at Lower Stumble now or in the future.”
The Balcombe site attracted hundreds of anti-fracking protestors after the company started exploratory drilling last year.
Last week the Government said local councils will be able to keep all of the cash they collect from fracking companies under new government plans to keep them sweet for shale gas.
Cuadrilla has submitted a new planning application to West Sussex County Council to complete the testing from the exploration well drilled at the site. It said the testing would be done within three years if the application is approved.
David Cameron today said that copying North America’s shale gas boom is central to Europe and the UK clawing back jobs and investment.