Shale gas firm cuadrilla has been given the green light from the government to begin hydraulic fracturing at the well site in Lancashire, after the Minister of energy issued the first permit for the hydraulic fracturing because it introduced a new regulatory regime.
The PIU is expected to start in late August or early September on a new road Preston, between Blackpool and Preston, which was the focus of 18 months of protests as the work on the site began.
What is fracking?
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations, often deep underground. It involves pumping water, chemicals and sand usually underground under high pressure to fracture shale – hence the name – and release the gas trapped inside to be collected back to the surface.
The technology developed in the energy sector of the United States in the last decade, thanks to the combination of a large volume of the reservoir is 1.5 m gallons of water per well, on average and relatively modern ability to drill horizontally in the Shale.
The energy Minister said that shale gas is an important potential new source of energy, and she was bad enough that they comply with the conditions of the government for the issuance of permits for hydraulic fracturing.
“Our world-class regulations will ensure that shale exploration will adhere to strict environmental standards and meet the expectations of local communities,” Clare Perry.
The official approval of the Ministers rubber-stamping previous audits of public bodies, including the Agency for environmental protection and health and safety, and is an important milestone for the industry, which is suffering from delays.
Activists have vowed to fight the industry of fracking, which critics have said risks of air pollution and water, and can aggravate climate change.
Bad that provides new ban on fracking protesters
Liz Hutchins, Director of campaigns for friends of the Earth said: “it took the industry seven long years just to get to this point.
“In those seven years, renewable energy has gone from providing a tenth of the electricity to supply it. There is no need to force fracking on a community in Lancashire, when alternatives are not so simple”.
Six protesters on Thursday locked themselves together outside of the scene, violating a restraining order. Tells bad that he will take legal action against them.
Firm stated that he is very satisfied with the decision of the Government, calling his testimony “our extensive experience in world-class shale gas on the territory of the Preston new road in accordance with good health, security, environment and planning regulation.”
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The government granted permission on the condition that one of the sponsors of the project, the spiritual Energy, a joint venture company “centrica” and the Norwegian firm Bayerngas norge, which is accounts for the last financial year, or transfers of £557,000 to the escrow account.
Treasury considered bad to have sufficient financial stability to undertake the work.
Application to hydraulic fracturing after drilling the second well in town New road is expected to be submitted in the near future, and hydraulic fracturing of wells is expected to take three to four months.