CUADRILLA DECISION ON ROSEACRE WOOD

Cuadrilla have announced they will not appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision, made on 12th February, to refuse planning permission at Roseacre Wood. Amazing news. We have waited so long!

Our statement.
Roseacre Awareness Group are delighted to hear this news. We have been saying for years that the traffic issues, relating to the Roseacre Wood site are insurmountable, a fact recognised by LCC and two independent Planning Inspectors and ultimately by the Secretary ofState.
However, we should never have had to go through this stressful process. We have spent thousands of unpaid man hours, and tens of thousands of pounds, producing evidence to support our case which now all seems worthwhile but it has cost us much stress and anxiety.
At last we can breathe a sigh of relief and know that our community is safe and no longer under threat from this insidious industry. 
We would like to thank everyone for all their hard work and support including those at LCC, and all 7 town and parish councils, who worked with us. 
However, we are still very concerned about this government’s intention to push fracking on unwilling communities and we will do whatever we can to support other communities faced with this threat. 
We will continue to raise awareness and support our friends at Preston New Road and elsewhere.
Fracking is not wanted and not needed. It is neither safe or sustainable. There is no social license and communities will not be bought. 
We do not believe fracking for shale gas, a dirty carbon intensive fossil fuel industry, has any place in our energy mix. We must encourage and invest in renewable, green energy future for the sake of future generations.

Cuadrilla Press Release

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New questions as oil company rules out acid injection in Weald wells

Did UKOG use matrix acidising?

The UKOG statement implies that matrix acidisation may have been used at Broadford Bridge. A coiled tubing unit was used at the site, which could indicate that the process was carried out. But a company review of the Broadford Bridge operation said “acidisation was not selectively administered to any specific limestone horizon”.   Drill or Drop asked UKOG twice to clarify whether or not it carried out matrix acidising at Broadford Bridge. UKOG did not reply.

Did UKOG have permission to use matrix acidising?

UKOG said in its statement that the process that it referred to as matrix acidisation “was fully permitted and approved by the Environment Agency”.  We asked the Environment Agency (EA), which is responsible for regulating the use of acid, whether UKOG had permission for matrix acidisation. It said:

“No such groundwater activity was applied for and was therefore not included within the environmental permit for the site.

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It’s not nimbyism to question the value of fracking

There were 39 small earthquakes in the second half of October 2018 across the UK. Thirty-three of them were within a few miles of Blackpool Tower. We found out later that the company trying to frack had gotten less than 10 per cent through its planned industrial processes. As a result, the industry immediately threw its toys out of the pram and demanded the government raise the level of earthquakes it was permitted to generate from its activities.

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Technical terms in fracking consultation “misled the public” over harm from chemicals.

People have been excluded from a public consultation over fracking chemicals by the use of technical language, an industrial chemist has complained.

Dr Duncan Coppersthwaite, a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a chartered chemist, accused the Environment Agency, which organised the consultation, of failing to provide a fair and open process.

His complaint centres on Cuadrilla’s use of the phrase “non-hazardous” for two additives it wants to use in fracking at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool.

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