Information on Cuadrilla's Preston New Road Site

Closes 31 Jan 2018

Opened 30 Jan 2017

Overview

Regulation of Cuadrilla's Site at Preston New Road

We will regularly update this page with information we receive through our audits, site inspections, check monitoring and sampling work. The latest information can be found using the links under the heading 'Related Documents'. This includes data collected through Cuadrilla's groundwater monitoring programme from July 2016.

This page is intended to provide access to information on site operations. For general questions or advice and guidance about the oil and gas industry, the following links may be useful:

Gov.uk information

Oil and Gas Authority

Health and Safety Executive

Previously, this information would only have been held on the public register at our offices.  We would appreciate it if you could let us know what you think about this new, additional way of giving you access to the documents. You can do so via the email address on this page. This information will still be available on the public register.

The Environment Agency is the environmental regulator for onshore oil and gas operations in England. We ensure that people and the environment remain protected by requiring operators to hold environmental permits that set out legally binding conditions. We have previously consulted on environmental permits for the Preston New Road site and want to provide access to information as operations start.

The permits set out the conditions for operation and will include conditions on groundwater, surface water, emissions, safe storage of waste, noise and air quality. They also include pre-operational conditions and monitoring and reporting requirements. 

Pre-Operational Conditions

The permit for operations at Preston New Road granted in January 2015 includes a number of pre-operational conditions that have to be met before Cuadrilla can carry out hydraulic fracturing operations.

Pre-operational condition 3 requires our approval of a written Hydraulic Fracture Plan. This plan sets out how the operator will control and monitor the fracturing process. The plan will also need approval from the Oil and Gas Authority.

Background briefing

Hydraulic Fracture Plan

Hydraulic Fracture Plan Well 2

Environmental Statement

Environmental Statement Appendix L

Environmental Statement Appendix B

We will now carry out a detailed technical assessment of the submitted Hydraulic Fracture Plan and relevant information from the Environmental Statement documents. 

Related Documents:

Cuadrilla Preston New Road Mining Waste Permit AB3101MW

Cuadrilla Preston New Road Decision Document and Annex Mining Waste Permit AB3101MW

Cuadrilla Preston New Road RSR Permit KB3395DE

Cuadrilla Preston New Road Decision Document RSR Permit KB3395DE

Cuadrilla Preston New Road Radioactive Waste Sampling, Analysis and Pollution Inventory Reporting Specification

Water Quality Background Information at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road Site

PNR Groundwater Monitoring July to December 2016

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 30.01.17

Water Quality at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road Site Report 1 - Dec 2016 to Feb 2017

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report PO4 04.07.16

Groundwater Monitoring Plan 2016   -   This document provides details for Environment Agency approval of the monitoring objectives, conceptual model and risk assessment, borehole location, design and construction method, monitoring parameters, frequency of sampling and reporting.

Preston New Road WR11 Method Statement and the Environment Agency Acknowledgement   -   This document provides details of the drilling methodolgy for the installation of the conductor casing. 

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 07.04.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 01.08.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 17.07.17

 

 

We will regularly update this page with information we receive through our audits, site inspections, check monitoring and sampling work.

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