Cuadrilla drills first UK shale well in Lancashire

The company plans to apply for consent to start fracking at the completed well in the “very near future”

Council rejects Cuadrilla’s fracking traffic plans

Lancashire County Council has unanimously voted to reject Cuadrilla’s traffic proposals for its Roseacre Wood exploratory fracking site. The committee will now submit evidence against Cuadrilla at the Public Inquiry regarding the site in April. Councillors stated all three proposed routes were unsafe and unsuitable for large trucks to use, with one saying he was […]

Cuadrilla gets permission for exploratory oil work

Energy firm Cuadrilla has been granted permission to conduct oil exploration at a controversial location in Balcombe. West Sussex County Council’s planning committee voted to grant temporary permission for flow testing and monitoring of an existing well at the Lower Stumble site near Haywards Heath, where fierce anti-fracking protests took place in 2013. Cuadrilla said […]

Fracking firm Cuadrilla starts drilling for shale gas

Cuadrilla has started drilling at a fracking site in Lancashire. The pilot well will be drilled 3,500 metres deep and samples will be taken at various levels within the shale rock to decide where best to drill the horizontal wells. The first two horizontal wells will be drilled at depths of between 2,000 metres and 3,500 […]

Cuadrilla breached planning rules at Lancashire fracking site

Cuadrilla has breached its planning permission by delivering a drilling rig at its Lancashire site overnight. The rig was disassembled at the Plumpton Close site at around 4.45am on Thursday, instead of the permitted time from 7.30am. It will be used to drill a pilot well, around 3,5000 metres deep, to identify the best place […]

Protesters block Cuadrilla fracking site in Lancashire

Campaigners have blockaded a fracking site in Lancashire in protest against the controversial drilling process. They say Cuadrilla’s plans to frack around five miles away from the Springfields nuclear fuel production plant could pose a risk. Six demonstrators initially locked themselves to a car and other heavy objects at 3am this morning, preventing vehicles from […]

Divestment protest kicks off at fracking facility

Environmentalists have today staged a protest at the gates of a controversial fracking site in Lancashire. Local community members and environmental campaigners met outside the gate of Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road facility, which is intended to be home to the first full-scale fracking operation in the UK. The action marks the start of the Global Divestment Mobilisation, a global wave […]

Anti-fracking campaigners lose High Court battle

Campaigners have lost a battle against fracking in Lancashire after a High Court ruling. Preston New Road Action Group had challenged Communities Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to give the go-ahead for Cuadrilla to frack. It followed Lancashire County Council refusing the application in 2015, following which Cuadrilla launched an appeal. The government then overturned the […]

Animal protest makes a mess at fracking PR firm

Activists have staged an animal-themed invasion of a public relations firm to protest against fracking. Around 40 environmental campaigners from Reclaim the Power dressed as animals, threw leaves, spread manure and sprayed ink during the occupation of Bell Pottinger’s offices. The group said they targeted the firm because it previously helped protect Cuadrilla’s reputation following an earthquake allegedly […]

Fracking protest party held in Centrica offices

Campaigners today occupied energy firm Centrica’s main office to throw an anti-fracking protest party. Reclaim the Power aimed to draw attention to CEO Iain Conn’s controversial £1.4 million bonus. The group says it also targeted the company because it holds a 25% stake in Cuadrilla’s fracking operations in Lancashire. The protesters awarded a giant cheque, sprayed champagne and threw confetti. One of the activists, dressed as a Cuadrilla […]