Information on Cuadrilla's Preston New Road Site

Closes 31 Jan 2020

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:

Onshore oil and gas regulation 

Gov.uk information

Oil and Gas Authority

Health and Safety Executive

 

Latest Information

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - September  2019

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report - 25.07.19 - Site Set-up

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 31.07.19 -  HFP pre-frac. This audit was of the micro seismic monitoring equipment at Preston New Road. It took place before fracturing started at the site. At the time of the audit, the micro seismic monitoring array had not yet been fully installed in well 2 and the test shots had not been carried out. This being the case, the audit looked at the processing and interpretation of the data, data flow and the management systems surrounding these. There were no environmental permit breaches recorded during the audit. The further 2 audits referred to in the CAR form are yet to be carried out.

The CAR forms mentions P and S waves. These are the Primary (P) and Secondary (S) seismic waves that the monitors detect and are used to check that the monitors have been set up correctly.

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 31.07.19 - HFP Pre Frac CAR

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 14.08.19 – MSM1. This audit was the first of two audits following the replacement of the down hole micro seismic monitoring array. The monitoring array was replaced before fracturing started because it was not sending signals back to the surface properly. No non-compliances of the permit were recorded during the audit.

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 14.08.19 - MSM Assurance CAR 1

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report  16.08.19 – MSM2. This audit was the second audit following the replacement of the micro seismic monitoring array. This audit was carried out for further assurance that the monitoring array met the requirements of the hydraulic fracture plan and environmental permit. No non-compliances of the permit were recorded during the audit.

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 16.08.19 - MSM Assurance CAR 2

As part of their Environmental Permit for their site at Preston New Road, Cuadrilla is required to send us specified groundwater monitoring data. In the 5 August Preston New Road Community Update, we highlighted that we were investigating Cuadrilla’s failure to report elements of the required groundwater monitoring data.

Our investigation has now been completed, the company notified under the regulators code and we have issued Cuadrilla with a warning letter for failing to comply with permit conditions by:

  • Collecting an incomplete data set for groundwater analyses between December 2018 and May 2019.
  • Failing to notify us of the missing data.
  • Having inadequate communication and training in relation to supervising contractors with regard to the sampling requirements and quality control.

 We have classed these permit breaches as Category 4, as subsequent data from Cuadrilla shows that there has been no environmental impact. We have spoken to the company’s management team directly about our concerns and the seriousness of ensuring their monitoring and quality assurance is robust and beyond reproach.
 
A follow up audit by our inspectors in August confirmed that the company have put in place all corrective measures we have asked for.

The following two Compliance Assessment Reports set out the findings of both our initial investigation and our follow up audit.

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report - 05.08.19 - Groundwater Investigation

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report - 29.08.19 - A5 & Groundwater Audit

 

Preston New Road Community Updates

Preston New Road Community Update 1 - 23 October 2018

Preston New Road Community Update 2 - 30 October

Preston New Road Community Update 3 - 6 November

Preston New Road Community Update 4 - 14 November 2018

Assessment of seismic activity - 6 November 2018

Preston New Road Community update 5 - 28 November 2018

Preston New Road Community Update 6 - 19 December 2018

Preston New Road Community Update 7 - 16 January 2019

Preston New Road Community Update 7 - control of waste

Preston New Road Community Update 8 - 11 March 2019

Preston New Road Community Update 9 - 5 August 2019

Preston New Road Community Update 10 - 28 August 2019

 

Environmental Permits

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. 

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

Standard Rules Permit - 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.

  1. Storage and Handling of Crude Oil - Standard Rules Permit Notice_KP3731JR
  2. Storage and Handling of Crude Oil - Decision Doc_KP3731JR

More information about this standard rules permit, 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

 

Permit variations

  1. Preston New Road Variation Notice 11 Dec 17
  2. Preston New Road Decision Document 11 Dec 17

 

  1. Application for Permit Variation-February 2019
  2. Preston New Road Variation Notice 11July 2019
  3. Preston New Road Decision Document 11 July 2019
  4. Block Process Flow Diagram
  5. Flowback Fluid Diversion Instruction
  6. Waste Management Plan 

 

  1. Preston New Road Variation Notice 1 May 2018
  2. Preston New Road Decision Document 1 May 2018
  3. Proposed Permit Variation Information July 2019

 

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.

  • Shut Down Procedure

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 03.12.18 Pre-Operational Condition 1

  • Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan

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.

  1. PO2 Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan v5.1
  2. Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 18.05.18
  • Hydraulic Fracture Plan

Well 1

Pre-operational condition 3 requires our approval of a written Hydraulic Fracture Plan.

The Environment Agency has agreed the hydraulic fracture plan for the first well at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. We are satisfied that the company has demonstrated that it has the necessary arrangements in place for subsurface monitoring during and after hydraulic fracturing. 

The related documents are below:

  1. PNR1z Hydraulic Fracture Plan
  2. PO3 Approval Compliance Assessment Report  020718

Well 2

The Environment Agency has now agreed the Hydraulic Fracture Plan (HFP) for Well 2 for Preston New Road. The compliance assessment report below details our assessment of the plan.

Preston New Road Compliance Assessment report - hydraulic fracture plan 29.07.19

  • Well Integrity Tests

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report PO5 and PO6 - Review of Well 1

  • Flaring

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report Pre- Op Condition 10

  • Surface water 

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 07.06.19 – Pre-Operational Condition 11.

 

Seismicity

Assessment of seismic activity - 6 November 2018

 

Waste Management

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

Preston New Road Waste Management Plan

Waste stream audit warning letter 25 July 2018

 

Water Quality

  • Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring

Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring Programme to May 2019

Carr Bridge Brook Surface Water Quality Data Dec 2016 - July 2018

Car Bridge Brook Surface Water Quality Data - Q2 2018  to  7 May 2019

  • Inspection of surface water on 1 May 2018

Preston New Road Surface Water Quality Visit Report 01-05-18

 

Groundwater Monitoring

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 Background Groundwater Quality Monitoring 2016 - 2017

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring - July 2016 to Dec 2016

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring - Jan 2017 to June 2017

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring - July 2017 to Sept 2017

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring - Oct 2017 to Dec 2017

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring - Jan 2018 to Mar 2018

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring - April 2018 to June 2018

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring Data Q3 2018

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring Data Q4 2018

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring Data Q1 2019

Preston New Road Groundwater Monitoring Data Q2 2019

 

Air Quality Monitoring

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - Dec 2017

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - January 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - February 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - March 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - April 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - May 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - June 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - July 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - Aug 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - September 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - October 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - November 2018

Preston New Road - Air Quality Update on Methane- December 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - Dec 2018

Preston New Road Air Quality Update on Methane - January 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Update on Methane - January 2019 report 2

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - January 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - February 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - March 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - April 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - May 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - June 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - July 2019

Preston New Road Air Quality Report - August 2019

 

Site Inspections

Information about Compliance Assessment Report (CAR) Forms - Version 2

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report PO4 04.07.16

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Asessment Report 18.07.16

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 30.01.17

Preston New Road Complinace with Permit Assessment Report 06.02.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 02.03.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 07.04.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 14.06.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 17.07.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 01.08.17

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 Assessment Report CQA Validation Report Review 10.11.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 31-01-18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 19.04.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 01-05-18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 04.07.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report Mining Waste  Facility Annual Report 24.07.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report Mining Waste Facility Annual Report 24.09.18

Preston New Road Compliance Assessment Report 08.08.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report Inspection 05.09.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 27.09.18 - Groundwater & Surface Water Annual Review - Drilling

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 04.10.18 - Pre-fracturing set-up inspection

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 08.10.18 - Pre-fracturing set-up inspection

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report - 12.10.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report - 15.10.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report -  17.10.18

Preston New Road Compliance Assessment Report 22.10.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report - 19.10.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 29.10.18

Well Pad Integrity Inspection - 29.10.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 02.11.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 07.11.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 13.11.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 23.11.18_Oil Storage

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report  23.11.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 06.12.18_Oil Storage

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 06.12.18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report Waste Audit 07.12.17

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report PO5 and PO6 Review of Well 2 - 06.03.19

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 24.10.18 - Operating Techniques

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report LDAR 15 Jan 19

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report RAS 20 Dec 18

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 27.02.2019 _ Flare Operations

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 27.02.19 - Flare Operations - Additional Information

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 11.04.19 _ site inspection radioactive substances activity

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 23.04.19 _ flowback management and disposal

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report  03.06.19

 

Drilling methodolgy for the installation of the conductor casing

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. 

 

Water Use

Water usage briefing

 

 

 

 

 

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