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Shale gas developer aims to start commercial drilling by 2015

Developer Cuadrilla hopes to have commercial scale shale gas drilling underway in Lancashire by 2015, the firm said today.

Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan told the Shale Gas Summit conference that he hoped to have “pads of up to 10 wells up and running by 2015”. Each pad will be about the size of a football pitch, according to Egan.

The firm has been drilling two test wells in Lancashire, but halted its activities last year following two small earthquakes.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has subsequently proposed stricter guidelines on drilling, and has not allowed Cuadrilla to carry out any. The drilling is commonly called fracking. It releases shale gas from the bedrock.

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