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. 

 

Environmental Permits

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

Preston New Road Variation Notice 11 Dec 17

Preston New Road Decision Document 11 Dec 17

Preston New Road Variation Notice 1 May 2018

Preston New Road Decision Document 1 May 2018

  • 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.

Storage and Handling of Crude Oil - Standard Rules Permit Notice_KP3731JR

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

 

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.

  • 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.

PO2 Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan v5.1

Compliance with Permit Assessment Report 18.05.18

  • Hydraulic Fracture Plan

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:

PNR1z Hydraulic Fracture Plan

PO3 Approval Compliance Assessment Report  020718

The Environment Agency is reviewing the hydraulic fracture plan for the second well at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site. The hydraulic fracture plan is at the link below:

PO3 Hydraulic Fracture Plan PNR2 under Environment Agency Review

  • Well Integrity Tests

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

 

Waste Management

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

Preston New Road Waste Management Plan

Preston New Road Compliance with Permit Assessment Report Waste Audit 07.12.17

Waste stream audit warning letter 25 July 2018

The following 2 Compliance Assessment Report (CAR) forms cover inspections on 24 July (UP3431VF/0311247) and 24 September (UP3431VF/0315454) which review the Mining Waste Facility Annual Report. Publishing the CAR form from the 24 July was held pending completion of the report from 24 September. Both CAR reports are available below.

 

Water Quality

  • Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring

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

Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring Programme Report 1 - Dec 2016 to Feb 2017

Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring Programme Report 2 - Feb 2017 to June 2017

Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring Programme Report 3 - July 2017 to Sept 2017

Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring Programme Report 4 - Oct 2017 to Dec 2017

Carr Bridge Brook Monitoring Programme Report 5 - Jan 2018 to March 2018

  • 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

 

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

 

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 Inspection 05.09.18

 

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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