At Last: Work Starts For Shale Gas Extraction In Britain
Work has begun at a controversial fracking site in Lancashire, it was revealed today.
Fracking work like this is on the way
Gas exploration firm Cuadrilla has announced the start of initial surface construction works on its shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.
Planning consent was granted in October 2016 and Lancashire County Council recently discharged the planning conditions and approved Cuadrilla’s associated management plans for the works.
The surface site, which is roughly the size of a rugby pitch, will take approximately three months to build and prepare before drilling can commence.
These early works will include a new site entrance, access road and well pad. The top soil on the well pad will be cleared so a protective membrane can be installed to create an impermeable barrier underneath the site.
The sudden announcement by Cuadrilla seemed to take protesters by surprise, with just a lone man on a bike protesting at the site this morning.