Cuadrilla pulls out of Lancashire site
Cuadrilla has announced it is pulling out of a fracking site near Weeton in Lancashire previously linked to two earth tremors.
A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “As part of its ongoing evaluation of its exploration sites in Lancashire, Cuadrilla has today announced that no further work will take place at its Preese Hall site, near Weeton. “The company will apply for an extension to the current planning permission, in order to allow time to seal the well and return the site to its former condition.”
He further stated that the existing planning consent at Preese Hall was due to expire and it was “prioritising new horizontal wells that will provide better data about the amount of gas that can be recovered from the shale rock”.
He said the firm would apply for an extension to the current planning permission at Preese Hall so it can seal the well and return the site to its former condition.
Cuadrilla was not pulling out of Lancashire and it was investigating new sites for exploration in the area, he added.
Fracking is a technique where water and chemicals are pumped into shale rock at high pressure to extract shale gas.