Information on Cuadrilla's Preston New Road Site

Closes 31 Jan 2019

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

The conditions also require approval of an Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan. We have now completed a detailed technical assessment of the plan and are satisfied that Cuadrilla has demonstrated that it has appropriate monitoring arrangements in place.

  • Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan

PO2 Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan v5.1

  • Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 18.05.2018

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 18.05.2018

We are still carrying out a detailed technical assessment of the submitted Hydraulic Fracture Plan and relevant information from the Environmental Statement documents. 

 

Standard Rule Permit Application- Storage and Handling of Crude Oil

We have received an application for a new Standard Rule Permit under SR2015 No 2: storage and handling of crude oil and have published the details of the application onto our gov.uk website at the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pr4-3pj-cuadrilla-bowland-limited-eprkp3731jra001-environmental-permit-application-advertisement. As this is a Standard Rule Permit, we are not seeking comments on the application but are publishing the details for information only as we have already consulted the public on the content of this Standard Rule Permit. More information about this standard rule, including a copy of the rules as well as the associated Generic Risk Assessment, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sr2015-no-2-storage-and-handling-of-crude-oil

Cuadrilla are not expecting to extract oil from the well. The definition of crude oil in the standard rules permit includes gas condensate, which can arise when liquid hydrocarbons held in gaseous form at high reservoir temperatures are produced to the surface.  As the liquid hydrocarbons cool they condense out of the gas. The standard rules permit will allow Cuadrilla to store and handle this gas condensate should it occur.

Below are links to the application documents:

Part A Application Form

B1 Application Form

F1 Application Form

HSE-Permit-CO-PNR-DRW-001 Green Line Drawing

HSE-Permit-CO-PNR-SCR-002 Site Condition Report

 

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

Preston New Road Complinace with Permit Assessment Report 06.02.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 14.06.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 02.03.17

Preston New Road Background Groundwater Quality Monitoring 2016 - 2017

Water Quality at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road Site Report 2 - Feb 2017 to June 2017

Groundwater Quality Monthly Monitoring Data Q1 and Q2 2017

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 25.08.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 28.09.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Asessment Report 18.07.16

Preston New Road Variation Notice 11 Dec 17

Preston New Road Decision Document 11 Dec 17

Consultation on application for variation to environmental permit  - 13 Dec 17

Groundwater Results Graph - Acrylamide - to Sept 2017

Groundwater Results Graph - Benzene - to Sept 2017

Groundwater Results Graph - Chloride - to Sept 2017

Groundwater Results Graph - Methane - to Sept 2017

Preston New Road Air Quality Monitoring - Dec 2017

Preston New Road Waste Management Plan

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report CQA Validation Report Review 10.11.17

Water Quality at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road Report 3

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - January 2018

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring Q3 2017 - 2018

Information about Compliance Assessment Report (CAR) Forms

Preston New Road Variation Notice 1 May 2018

Preston New Road Decision Document 1 May 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - March 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - April 2018

Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring Programme Report 4 - Q3 2017-18

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

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