Drilling Starts At Blackpool Fracking Site As Firm Launches £100,000 Community Fund

  • Date: 17/08/17
  • Blackpool Gazette

Shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla has begun drilling at its Preston New Road site in its bid to tap into reserves of natural gas in deep lying rocks known as the Bowland Shale.

Preston New Road site land owners, Rosalyn, left, Andrew, Pam and Allan (seated) Wensley start the drilling rig, with Cuadrilla driller Thorsten Strathmann

And the company has made a donation of £100,000 to an independent Community Benefit Fund, managed by the Community Foundation for Lancashire, to share some of the profits, and benefit the area around the drill site.

The Cuadrilla drilling rig at Preston New Road Residents are set to receive a survey carried out by Membership Engagement Services, an independent research company.

They will be asked their views on which types of local community issues or projects should be aided by grants from the fund. The residents will also be consulted on whether they wish the funds for the other three wells Cuadrilla has planning consent to drill and hydraulically fracture to be paid into the independent Community Benefit Fund, managed by the Community Foundation for Lancashire, or proportionately directly to individual local households via a separate scheme. If all three wells are drilled, this would total another £300,000.

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