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Cuadrilla pulls out of Lancashire fracking site

4 October 2013 - BBC - Shale gas company Cuadrilla has pulled out of one of its potential fracking sites in Lancashire.

The company said it would not seek consent to frack for gas at Anna's Road in St Annes and would restore the site to its previous condition.

Cuadrilla's chief executive Francis Egan said the background to the move included "technical constraints related to wintering birds".

Anti-fracking campaigners said the company was not welcome in Lancashire.


From the Cuadrilla website:

"In 1986, energy company Conoco drilled an exploration well on the same site that Cuadrilla will use, situated half a mile from Balcombe village. According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) records, more than 50 oil and gas wells have already been drilled in the county."

Ahem!George Mitchell - the Father of Fracking -
 invented the modern fracking process in 1998!


Cuadrilla signs new 30-year lease on Balcombe site

4 November 2013 -BBC - Energy company Cuadrilla has signed a new 30-year lease on land in West Sussex where it carried out test drilling for oil in the summer.

Campaigners who protested against the drilling in Balcombe in August fear that fracking might be needed to extract the oil found at the site.

Cuadrilla says the new lease was "normal practice" and will allow it to continue with "exploration plans".

Cuadrilla dismantled its equipment at Balcombe in September but has submitted a request to West Sussex County Council for permission to test the flow rate of extraction at the Balcombe well.