Microseismic event stops Preston New Road operations

Cuadrilla was forced to halt fracking at its shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire on Wednesday night after triggering the largest tremor recorded at the location.

A spokesman for Cuadrilla confirmed that micro seismicity had been detected at 8.46pm by the highly sophisticated monitoring system in place at the shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, Lancashire.

He added: “We can confirm that a micro seismic event measuring 1.55ML (local magnitude) on the Richter scale occurred after we had completed the hydraulic fracturing programme for the day at our Preston New Road site. Most local people will not have felt it due to its small size. The equivalent ground motion would be similar to a large bag of shopping dropping to the floor. Well integrity has been verified and we will now pause operations and continue monitoring for the next 18 hours.

“The Preston New Road exploration site is the most regulated and monitored site in Europe and the systems in place are working as they should. Minor movements of this level are to be expected and are way below anything that can cause harm or damage to anyone or their property. All the relevant regulators were informed and we have verified that the well integrity is intact”

Cuadrilla has now pumped £16million directly into the Lancashire economy as it works to establish a new industry in the North West.

Cuadrilla, which is based in Bamber Bridge but operates its flagship fracking site from Preston New Road, near Blackpool, revealed its latest spend as part of a longstanding corporate commitment to ‘Putting Lancashire First’.

The leading shale exploration operator in the UK also revealed it had employed more people both directly and as contractors between April and June than earlier this year – and that was before hydraulic fracturing of the operator’s second horizontal well got under way.

Source / More : Cuadrilla

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