Plans for new gas exploration drill on Fylde

The drilling rig when it was in place at Singleton.
The drilling rig when it was in place at Singleton.
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The company drilling for gas on the Fylde has announced it is to apply to drill a new exploration well near Freckleton.

Cuardilla Resources is set to step up its exploration and hydraulic fracking for gas in the county following the government’s announcement at the end of June that it wanted to accelerate the industry.

It is planning to drill to the south of Clifton Business Park off the A584.

The site would not be hydraulically fractured, and would be returned to its former condition afterwards.

The proposed well would allow rock samples to be extracted from deep below the surface for analysis.

Specialist tools would be lowered into the well to examine the rock layers, before being retrieved to the surface.

A planning application for the well is expected to be submitted later in the summer.

The company has drilled vertical exploration wells at its exploration sites at Becconsall, near Banks; Grange Hill, near Singleton; and Preese Hall, near Weeton. Its Preese Hall well was partially hydraulically fractured and flow-tested in 2011 but work was halted when two earth tremors occurred.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive, said: “We’re committed to working with the community and are keen to take on board the views of local people as we continue to assess the full potential of Lancashire’s Bowland shale.”

Cuadrilla is set to hold drop-in sessions for residents alongside planning consultant Arup, which will be carrying out environmental impact assessments on the wells.One is to be held at Freckleton Sports and Social Club from 4 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, July 23.

The second is to be at Elswick Village Hall from 5 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, July 24.

Meanwhile opponents of fracking are to hold their own public meeting tomorrow at Lytham Green.

Local groups Frack Free Fylde and Residents Action on Fylde Fracking are inviting people to join them at 2pm in front of Lytham Windmill.

Frack Free Fylde spokesman Gayzer Frackman said people are invited to go along with picnics. There will be information, speakers, updates and children’s entertainment.

He said: “After last year’s gathering on the green we decided to do it again.”

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