Cuadrilla’s Permit Application for Roseacre Wood

Cuadrilla have applied to the Environmental Agency for permits associated with the exploratory drilling and fracturing at Roseacre Wood. They need these permits to proceed if they manage to get planning permission.

The EA are seeking comments on the permit application,with the consultation period from now until 22nd July.

To view the application (which also contains much of the documentation submitted to Lancashire County Council as part of the planning application) and to input your comments/objections use the link below.

Link to Environment Agency Consultation page

This link will also provide access to the equivalent for Preston New Road consultation which closes on the 9th July.

Don’t forget the EA are running a drop in session at Elswick village hall on Thursday 3rd July from 2:00 pm til 7:00 pm

Lancet article by Mike Hill

A MILESTONE IN THE DEBATE SURROUNDING THE HEALTH RISKS OF FRACKING:

Oil and Gas engineer Mike Hill has strongly criticised the burgeoning fracking industry and government in the UK for failing to properly assess the health implications of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in dense populations.  Today his opinions are being published in the world’s leading medical journal The Lancet.

Mike says “After a very thorough review of my correspondence on Shale gas regulation in the UK and health implications of fracking The Lancet will publish online this Friday and then it goes into the journal shortly after. Can I take this opportunity to thank The Lancet for their scrutiny of this piece and rigorous approach to ensure that the details were as accurate as possible. I am, of course, delighted and humbled that such a journal, with such a reputation throughout the world, has chosen to publish my words.”

The correspondence brings the reader up-to-date with the lack of regulation and monitoring in the UK at this time. The health studies emerging from the US are now opening up the debate on the health implications of fracking with some serious results (abnormality in new borns, low birth weights, chronic health conditions). The UK Gov is constantly re-assuring the public that fracking is safe and strictly regulated. The reality seems to be somewhat different. With just 1 out of 10 Royal Society recommendations implemented in 2 years despite the governments acceptance that all are needed and fracking about to resume in Lancashire,  then this letter explains just how far we have to go in the UK before we can possibly think of fracking again.

Fracking involves pumping millions of gallons of chemicals, silica and water down a borehole and raising the pressure to thousands of psi to fracture the shale rocks. The silica acts to hold open the tiny cracks and this then allows gas trapped at a microscopic level in the rocks  to flow back to the surface along with approx. half the waste material in the form of liquid flowback (approx. 12 million litres/well). The main operator in the UK is Cuadrilla Resources. They have fracked one well in the UK at Weeton near Blackpool, Lancs. in 2011 causing two earthquakes and damage to the well. No fracking has occurred in the UK since. The UK Gov recently announced a new law to make fracking easier for the operators by allowing them to drill underneath anyone’s property with no permission required. Cuadrilla now intend to drill 8 wells with vertical and horizontal sections ( approx. 4 miles)  in Lancs this year and have recently applied for planning permission to do so.

Mike says ” We are not ready to resume fracking in the UK. Our regulatory regime is inadequate, we have not implemented the necessary recommendations and the health impacts which are now becoming known through serious research in the USA are being ignored by the UK Gov.  I hope that the letter assists the government, health professionals and public in knowing just how serious the situation is and the risks we are presently facing.

Mike Hill is a chartered electrical engineer with many years’ experience in the oil and gas industry both direct (wireline, seismic) and indirect (process automation). Mike is an expert advisor to the EU Commission BREF Committee on Management of  Tailings and Waste Rock (inc shale gas). He has written and presented several papers on the subject of regulation and monitoring of shale gas – most recently to the Institution of Engineering & Technology (old IEE) President, UK Gov and Royal Society Report authors on 20th May , assisted the DECC on inspection matters and was a contributor to the Royal Society/RAE Report on Shale Gas. He has also been a contributor to BBC Newsnight, BBC Inside Out, Private Eye, The Times, BBC Radio Big Fracking Debate and The Guardian. Mike has also worked with Friends of the Earth UK, Friends of the Earth Europe and The Greens in the EU Commission – advising on well integrity and engineering aspects of regulation.

Mike Hill :Lancet article

Confirmation of Roseacre Wood exploration site planning application submission

Cuadrilla Resources

Cuadrilla has submitted a planning application to Lancashire County Council (LCC) for its proposed Roseacre Wood shale gas exploration site. The proposal covers the works required to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells on the site.

A detailed Environmental Statement (ES), resulting from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) produced by consultants at Arup has been submitted with the planning application. Both the ES and the application will be available to the public once validated by the council, which is expected to be within two weeks. Following this LCC will launch a formal consultation process in order to allow the public to comment. We anticipate that the application to LCC will be decided within a 16 week determination period which will start on the validation date.

More info from Cuadrilla site

More info from RAG facebook

Fracking and Earthquake Hazard

A REPORT PUBLISHED BY DECC that includes a BGS co-author concludes that the earthquakes near Blackpool in April and May 2011 were induced by hydraulic fracture treatments at the Preese Hall well (PH1), operated by CUADRILLA RESOURCES LTD. The report also concludes that further small earthquakes cannot be ruled out, however the risk from these earthquakes is low, and structural damage is extremely unlikely.

The report also recommends a number of measures to reduce the likelihood of earthquakes associated with hydraulic fracturing in future

See more from the British Geological Society on Earthquake Hazard (here)

Environmental Agency Permits for Little Plumpton

Cuadrilla have applied to the Environmental Agency for 3 permits associated with the planning application for Preston New Road (Little Plumpton).  Comments/objections are invited before 8th July

 

Cuadrilla Bowland Limited – Preston New Road

The aim of this consultation is to ask members of the public whether you have any comments relevant to the permit application
We want to make the best decision when permitting. Listening to the views of others helps us to take account of concerns, or local environmental factors, that we may not be otherwise aware of.
We are seeking comments on the applications from Cuadrilla Bowland Limited for the Preston New Road exploration site, Plumpton, Fylde, Lancashire PR4 3PJ. Please use the reference numbers below when making comments on this application.
1. Environmental Permit for onshore oil and gas exploratory operations.
Permit Number: EPR/AB3101MW/A001
Regulated facility type: Permit for the management of mining waste involving waste facilities, the flaring of gas in plant with a capacity of over 10 tonnes per day and a groundwater activity.
2. Environmental Permit for a radioactive substances activity permit
Permit Number: EPR/KB3395DE/A001
Regulated facility type: Radioactive Substances Activity – Accumulate radioactive waste and Dispose of radioactive waste.
3. Environmental Permit for a groundwater activity.
Permit Number: EPR/BB3093RH/A001
Regulated facility type: Permit for the discharge, from oil and gas exploratory operations, of pollutants that might lead to an indirect input of those pollutants to groundwater.

NGR discharge point: A groundwater activity centred on SD 37408 32740

More info

New action group formed against fracking proposals – Lancashire Evening Post

New action group formed against fracking proposalsVisualisation of the Preston New Road exploration site with Cuadrillas drilling rig.

 

Visualisation of the Preston New Road exploration site with Cuadrillas drilling rig.

Published on the 15 June 2014

Neighbours closest to a proposed fracking site in Lancashire have formed an action group, fearing the area is “unacceptably close” to their homes.

An application for drilling up to four exploratory wells on Land off Preston New Road, to the west of Little Plumpton, has been lodged with County Hall chiefs.

But members of the newly-created Preston New Road Action Group (PAG) say they are “deeply concerned” about the impact of shale gas exploration so near to their community.

Patricia Davies, who helped form PAG, said: “The group is designed to raise awareness in the area – a lot of people don’t seem to understand what fracking is about.

“The main concern is that Fylde is a tourist location, and the first thing you’re going to see coming off the M55 will be these drills which will flare methane gas.”
She also said residents had health concerns about the plans.

Cuadrilla said they listened hard to local people before submitting their plans, but Patricia said families were concerned about the proximity of their homes to the proposed site.

She said: “There are 10 families within 230m of the drill site, and at the moment it’s just green fields with cattle and sheep grazing.”

Patricia described the site as “unacceptably close” to the homes, and she said 300 elderly residents would be living within 1,000m of the site.

She said: “Because this is the first real fracking site in the UK, the impacts are unknown so to do it so close to family homes is an unnecessary risk.

“From my home, everywhere you look you see fields.

“We bought into a lifestyle – we’ve got birds, foxes, rabbits – it’s all very rural.

“But that will all change once it becomes industrialised.”
She added: “The real concerns are the health impacts of siting something so close to the community.”

Cuadrilla said they had worked hard to take on board feedback received during their consultations with local groups.

Chief executive Francis Egan said: “Where it has been reasonably practical to do so, we have amended our plans to incorporate feedback and suggestions.”

via New action group formed against fracking proposals – Lancashire Evening Post.

Planning Application for Preston New Road Validated

 

Application Number:LCC/2014/0096

Applicants Name:

CAUDRILLA BOWLAND LIMITED

 

Location:

AGRICULTURAL LAND THAT FORMS PART OF PLUMPTON HALL FARM TO WEST OF THE FARM BUILDINGS, NORTH OF PRESTON NEW ROAD, OFF PRESTON NEW ROAD, LITTLE PLUMPTON, PRESTON

Proposal:

CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A SITE FOR DRILLING UP TO FOUR EXPLORATION WELLS, HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OF THE WELLS, TESTING FOR HYDROCARBONS, ABANDONMENT OF THE WELLS AND RESTORATION, INCLUDING PROVISION OF AN ACCESS ROAD AND ACCESS ONTO THE HIGHWAY, SECURITY FENCING, LIGHTING AND OTHER USES ANCILLARY TO THE EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PIPELINE AND A CONNECTION TO THE GAS GRID NETWORK AND ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE TO LAND TO THE NORTH OF PRESTON NEW ROAD, LITTLE PLUMPTON

VALIDATED

Growing Evidence of Fracking’s Health Risks

Growing Evidence of Fracking’s Health Risks

  • By Jennifer J. Brown, PhD, @jjunebrown
  • Experts are saying that extraction of natural gas by fracking may have health risks we are only beginning to understand. Here’s why they’re pushing back against the fracking boom.

Links between fracking and potential health risks raise concerns.

NEED TO KNOW

Among water contaminants found at fracking sites are chemicals that can disrupt normal hormone function.

Polluted air is potentially dangerous for people with health problems like asthma.

Radioactive materials can contaminate water after fracking.

A growing body of medical evidence links fracking, the politically controversial process of natural gas extraction, to specific health risks, said a group of health professionals in a recent open letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and acting state health commissioner Howard Zucker.

Fracking, also called hydraulic fracturing, uses water and chemicals mixed with sand to blast open hidden gas reserves deep under the earth’s surface.

Fracking has faced opposition around the globe because the chemicals used in the process may contaminate air and water, and also affect the food supply, according to the nonprofit advocacy group Food and Water Watch. One public health concern about fracking is the potentially toxic and hormone-disrupting chemicals Continue reading Growing Evidence of Fracking’s Health Risks