Cuadrilla update on Bowland exploration programme
Cuadrilla Resources is continuing to consult with residents on proposals for two shale gas exploration sites in the Fylde.
The company has been carrying out an extensive programme of public consultation for the two sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road, writing to over 9,000 households and holding a variety of events to give residents the opportunity to find out more about their plans.
As part of the consultation process, planning and environmental consultants at Arup have produced two new brochures detailing the emerging findings of the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) that will accompany planning applications for the two sites.
Two dedicated Community Liaison Groups have also been established for Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road, providing community representatives with an additional forum to meet Cuadrilla’s project team, discuss the proposals and make recommendations.
Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said:
“Cuadrilla is committed to being a good neighbour and to talking to local residents and community representatives at every stage of the process.
“We announced in February the proposed locations for two new exploration sites in the Fylde as part of our work to understand the full potential of Lancashire’s shale gas resources. We’re currently speaking with local communities about our proposed new exploration sites and are listening to people’s feedback on our proposals.
“We have received many comments from local people through the consultation events we have run, via our website and direct correspondence. Through the Community Liaison Groups, publications and other meetings and methods, we will continue to engage with local residents to listen and continue to explain our proposals.”
Following the consultation, Cuadrilla intends to apply for planning permission to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells at each of the Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road sites.
Residents have until Thursday (April 24) to comment on proposals by email, letter or using the feedback form on Cuadrilla’s website.
Following submission of our planning application, residents will also be able to make further comments during the statutory consultation period, which will be organised by Lancashire County Council.
A works programme is also underway to restore the exploration sites at Anna’s Road and Preese Hall. Site restoration plans for these two sites were approved by Lancashire County Council at a planning committee earlier this year.
As part of Cuadrilla’s review of sites, the company will also be applying for planning permission to carry out seismic and pressure monitoring at the Grange Hill site. The well will not be hydraulically fractured.