Cuadrilla Names Drilling Sites For Fracking
Fracking firm Cuadrilla Resources has announced it will resume drilling up to eight bores in England, in a search for gas reserves.
The company said it intends to apply for planning permission to drill, hydraulically fracture and test gas flows from up to four wells at each of two sites in Lancashire.
It said the two locations are Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.
Cuadrilla said it has started talking to residents near the two sites, between Blackpool and Preston.
The firm faced anti-fracking protests last year over its exploratory drilling plans at Balcombe, West Sussex, with some activists arrested.
Cuadrilla said it is applying for permission to instal two seismic arrays in Lancashire that would be used to monitor the hydraulic fracturing process.
An environmental impact assessment report for each of the exploration sites would be published by consultancy group Arup.
Cuadrilla's chief executive Francis Egan said: "We've been working hard to assess our site options and have undertaken extensive technical and geological analysis.
"As a result of this work, we have decided to focus on just two sites at this time.
"This will allow us to reduce the potential impact on the local area during exploration while still gathering the important information we need to determine how much gas could be recovered.
Mr Egan added: "We're committed to being a good neighbour and to talking with the community at every stage of the process."
The firm said it had decided not to apply for permission to carry out fracking at its existing Grange Hill site for the time being.
Instead, the existing well will be used as the base for a seismic monitor station to complement the seismic arrays around the proposed new drill sites.
This follows recommendations made by the Royal Society and The Royal Academy of Engineering.
Fracking involves high pressure liquid being pumped deep underground to split shale rock and release gas supplies.
There have been concerns that it causes ground tremors and contamination of water.
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