UK: Cuadrilla moving out! “Frack Free Lancashire is delighted to learn that 35 days after they caused a 2.9ML earthquake which shook the Fylde and the confidence of their investors, Cuadrilla are finally demobilising…. The seismic activity which they provoked has not stopped though, with the 133rd event being recorded on Saturday, five weeks after they last fracked.”

Cuadrilla ends 2019 fracking plans by Emily Gosden, October 1 2019, The Times UK
Cuadrilla’s experimental fracking operation near Blackpool has provoked fierce opposition and protests from local people

No more fracking is expected to take place in Britain this year after Cuadrilla Resources said that it was removing equipment at the UK’s only active site.

Cuadrilla removes equipment from Lancashire site by BBC News, 30 September 2019

Fracking equipment is to be moved off a site in Lancashire where operations have been suspended due to earthquakes, an energy firm has confirmed. … Cuadrilla said no fracking would take place before its licence ends in 30 November and has no plans to extend it.

A review of seismic activity at the site is yet to be published.

The Oil and Gas Authority halted fracking indefinitely at the site following the 26 August tremor pending the review.

Cuadrilla has now said it was “demobilising hydraulic fracturing equipment” at the Little Plumpton site.

Its current licence covered 30 weeks of fracking but it had only fracked for 21 weeks when operations were suspended.

Cuadrilla said it has no plans to apply to extend its existing licence.

Anti-fracking campaigners Friends of the Earth welcomed the announcement.

“With no more fracking taking place before planning permission expires, and Cuadrilla yet to apply for an extension, work at this site could soon be at an end.”

Fylde’s Conservative MP Mark Menzies demanded an end to fracking in the area after the tremor, saying it was “unsafe”.

It was stronger than those that forced Cuadrilla to suspend test fracking in 2011 and came two days after a number of other smaller seismic events.

Any tremor measuring 0.5 or above means fracking must be temporarily stopped while tests are carried out. …

Lancashire fracking firm Cuadrilla to test for gas from second well, but actual fracking will not restart before planning permission runs out by Tim Gavell, Sept 30, 2019, Blackpool Gazette

Fracking firm Cuadrilla is to test the flow of gas from its second horizontal well at its Preston New Road site over the next few weeks.

But no further fracking will take place there until the company gets the go-ahead from the Oil and Gas Authority which is investigating the spate of earth tremors which followed the fracking of the well at the end of August.

The Bamber Bridge-based onshore exploration operator said the flow testing would be accompanied by the demobilisation of some of the equipment at the site near Little Plumpton.

And it said a timeframe had not yet been agreed with the OGA for the investigation work to be completed which effectively means that further hydraulic fracturing will not take place at the Preston New Road drill site before current planning permission for fracking expires at the end of November.

Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said: “Our second horizontal shale well was partially fractured in August and I am pleased that we are moving to flow test it in the next few weeks.

“We believe that this will further demonstrate the huge commercial opportunity here. Given the lower carbon footprint of UK shale gas compared to that of gas imported by ship from overseas, it clearly makes sense to look to develop this local resource rather than increasing reliance on imports.

“In addition UK shale gas has the potential to act as a domestic feedstock for Hydrogen production which can help the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

The company also said that the results of the flow testing of the first horizontal well drilled at Preston New Road from February this year, confirmed that there was a high quality natural gas resource in the Lower Bowland Shale under the county, which was capable of flowing to surface.

It said the initial exploration programme also confirmed that the Bowland Shale formation fractures in a way that was typical of “an excellent shale gas reservoir”.

The fracking of the second well drilled horizontally deep in the underlying Bowland Shale rock, resulted in a spate of earth tremors widely felt across the Fylde coast culminating in one of strength 2.9 ML (local magnitude) on August 26, the largest associated with fracking and larger that the two in 2011 which caused the Government to halt fracking for seven years. …

A spokesman from Frack Free Lancashire, one of the organisations opposing fracking, said:

“Frack Free Lancashire is delighted to learn that 35 days after they caused a 2.9ML earthquake which shook the Fylde and the confidence of their investors, Cuadrilla are finally demobilising the Preston New Road site.

“We are not surprised to hear this as if their claims are to be believed it has been costing them £94,000 a day to do very little while they waited in vain for the green light to carry on rocking our local community.

“The seismic activity which they provoked has not stopped though, with the 133rd event being recorded on Saturday, five weeks after they last fracked.

“We await the results of their flow test with interest as we have seen no evidence of any gas being flared from this well so far and we know that they have only fracked seven stages of the planned 47 (15 per cent) and they have only managed to inject 289 tonnes of proppant of the 3,525 tonnes that they were permitted to use (8 per cent).

“This flow test looks as though it has more to do with trying to maintain investor confidence rather than being a meaningful data gathering exercise and we hope that it won’t be too much longer before local people are able to stand by the gates at Preston New Road and point towards yet another failed fracking site.”

Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire, security jobs not for locals!

2013: Screen Capture Cuadrilla Intent to Restart Fracing in a Cautious Manner using a very safe conservative traffic light system

Refer also to:

World’s Biggest Fund Manager, BlackRock, lost $90 Billion investing in fossil fuel companies over last decade

“A Murderer’s Row: Maturities are coming year after year.” Bankruptcies rising in U.S. oil patch as Wall Street’s disaffection with frac’ers reverberates through industry. 26 producers file for bankruptcy so far in 2019; 28 filed in all of 2018. Bankruptcies expected to rise, “Debt levels are just too high and they’re going to have to take their medicine.”

Watch your money Argentina! Frackers have spilled billions of dollars in red ink. Fracked oil & natural gas have been financial disasters. “Cash flows from fracking-focused oil and gas companies across the US have been negative for decades — even when oil and gas prices were higher than they are now.”

Alberta: More corporate welfare stench! 65,000 shallow gas wells qualify to get more than $23M in freebies from taxpayers. Again, not a penny for Albertans suffering frac quake damages, drinking water loss/contamination, health harm, loss of livestock etc.

BNN Interviews Alberta Oil Patch Consultant Brent Nimeck on Lexin and AER’s Orphan Wells: “This problem is 30 years in the making. … I would call it a Ponzi Scheme…. This is an orchestrated fraud from multiple angles: Industry, CAPP and the Alberta Energy Regulator have enabled this to happen. … Through our independent analysis and we’ve confirmed this at multiple sources within the energy regulator, the liabilities are over $300 billion. That’s what’s on the hook for Alberta taxpayers right now – $300 billion.”

And the scam goes on and on and on, decade after decade, across Canada: B.C. energy regulator faces possible $90-million tab for orphan wells (it’s going to cost much more than that)

Scientific American: Even if Injection of Frac Wastewater Stops, Quakes Won’t; Oklahoma’s state seismologist, Jacob Walter: 900 fold increase in earthquakes in past decade of oil & gas frac boom is “unprecedented in human history”

Lancashire UK: Cuadrilla apologises over quakes while trivializing the damages to homes and wants to keep frac’ing. What will the frac-greedy politicians and regulator do? “The whole house went backwards and forwards. [It] was a really strong movement.”

2012: The Geological Society, The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain Submission to DECC Consultation: Preece Hall Shale Gas Fracturing – Review & Recommendations for Induced Seismic Mitigation

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