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Fracking starts on UK soil after seven-year suspension

Fracking rig

 

 

 

 

Fracking has resumed on UK soil after a seven-year hiatus.  

Energy firm Cuadrilla began fracking at its site in Lancashire on Monday following a seven-year legal battle with climate activists.  

A high court bid on Friday by environment campaigners failed to prevent the start of works. The extraction process was set to start on Saturday but was delayed by strong winds from Storm Callum.  

Protesters blocked the road into the site using a van and have chained themselves to large tires on Monday morning in an effort to delay the process further.  

Cuadrilla said that the site was already fully equipped however, and workers walked onto the site without serious issue. 

It was revealed during a previous court hearing in September that it costs Cuadrilla £94,000 a day to keep the equipment needed for fracking on site in Lancashire.  

Fracking originally began in the UK on the Fylde coast seven years ago but was suspended following the detection of small tremors. 

Lancashire county council turned down planning permission twice for Cuadrilla in 2015, but in 2016 they received permission from the government to extract the shale gas.  

Cuadrilla currently has two wells drilled at the site, as an exploration phase, and Monday’s work represents the first fracking since the suspension seven years ago.  

For commercial-level extraction, more wells would need to be drilled, Cuadrilla would need new licences to do so.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Excellent, the UK ups its CO2 and methane emissions even higher!

    So much for moving to a renewables carbon free country the day after the UN screamed at governments to do more to cut these gases.

    Good old Tories ruining the planet even more. :(

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