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UK's Cuadrilla shale gas fracking plan delayed by bad weather

Gasoil News - Published on Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Reuters quoted British energy company Cuadrilla as saying that the planned start of fracking a shale gas well at its Lancashire, north west England, site has been delayed by poor weather. The privately owned company had said on Friday it would commence fracking at the site on Saturday after a court removed the final hurdle to the first hydraulic fracturing in Britain in seven years. But heavy rain and strong winds halted the works. A Cuadrilla spokesman said that "We won't actually be starting the hydraulic fracturing pumps today due to a brief delay with the weather conditions yesterday and this morning, so we'll therefore be starting on Monday."

The firm will spend three months fracking two horizontal wells, which involves injecting sand, water and chemicals to split the tightly packed shale rock and induce gas to flow out. This will be the first fracking of a horizontal shale gas well since a 2011 attempt by Cuadrilla caused earth tremors, prompting protests, tighter regulations and delays.

A local resident wanted the fracking suspended to allow for a judicial review of the local council's safety procedures, but a High Court judge dismissed the case on Friday.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Tue, 16 Oct 2018
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