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”

Lancashire Council to get 150 EV chargers

  Lancashire County Council is to install 150 electric vehicle (EV) charging points. They will include 18 rapid chargers and 66 dual-socket fast chargers, with the first units to be installed in early 2018. They will be part of Chargemaster’s EV charging network POLAR, which already has more than 5,500 chargers nationwide. The project follows […]

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 […]

Fracking in Lancashire: Reactions

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Minister to decide on Lancashire fracking decision

The final decision on whether fracking in Lancashire should proceed or not is to be made by the UK Government. Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, sent a letter to Lancashire County Council of his intent yesterday. It comes as fracking firm Cuadrilla appealed against the council’s decision to reject the […]

Compensation due after UK water health scare

Households in Lancashire affected by a bug in their water supply will get compensation from United Utilities. A spokesperson from the company told ELN: “We will be writing to all our customers with details of compensation after the water supply is back to normal.” Routine tests at Franklaw Water Treatment Works in Preston detected traces […]