A week of Public Information Days

March 14, 2012

t has been a busy fortnight for Cuadrilla. We have been out and about in the local community meeting hundreds of people from across the Fylde.

Some of you will have attended one – or more – of our recent Public Information Day events held across the borough. Thank you for taking the time to come and visit us, and for putting your questions to the team. We welcome your feedback, and hope we have been able both to provide you with reassurances about our operations and to excite you about the investment and employment opportunities our future work could bring to Lancashire.

Now that the series of information days held between Saturday 25 February and 2 March has concluded, I wanted to post my thoughts on those events and what we are doing more generally as part of our wider community engagement work.

I hope you find this interesting, and please do get in touch with your views on this blog. If you attended one of the events let us know what you thought, and alternatively if you were unable to attend but would like to come to any future events we hold, please let us know your details so we can record them and ensure you’re sent an invitation.

The Cuadrilla team was out in force at the events held in Lytham St Annes, Elswick and Wesham. Senior members of the company were there throughout the sessions, on hand to answer our guests’ questions.

We invited over 30,000 households from across the Fylde, and we were lucky enough to welcome over 600 people across the three days. It was great to see you all.

Our information day events were not in the style of a traditional public meeting where the company lectures to the attendees. Instead we wanted to keep them more informal and have a discussion, often on a one to one basis, with the visitors.

We put up display materials at each of the events which we hope explained clearly each of the key areas of our activity, from the exploratory work we have been conducting since early last year – that is the drilling, hydraulic fracturing and now the Geophysical Survey work – to the potential future production phases, when the gas is extracted and becomes part of the UK’s energy supply.

We also had a television playing an animation video of how the hydraulic fracturing process works.

The information on the display boards, and the animation video, can be found on the pages of this website. So if you missed the events, you should be able to find what you need on these pages.

Those who came along to our events engaged us in a series of highly informed discussions. We received questions on just about every aspect of Cuadrilla’s work.

Reflecting on some of key areas of interest I was pleased that we were able to cover some important issues.  These areas included:

•    The safety measures Cuadrilla has in place to protect the environment
•    The employment and investment benefits associated with any future production of natural gas from shale,
•    And the geomechanical report on seismicity published by Cuadrilla in November last year.

When looking back on the three days I was also reassured to talk particularly to those who live close to the active site we have at Elswick. Many had not noticed the site, or felt that its activities were not of concern. We believe that Cuadrilla’s work will lead to limited impact on the environment, and will not be visually intrusive. The site at Elswick proves that what we do has – as a key objective – the minimisation of the impact on the local community.

Overall, the events over the last few days were a success. They are part of our wider programme of engagement with the local community. Keep a look out for future events, and do get in touch if you would like to be invited.

I, or one of my colleagues will write another post in the next couple of weeks, to update you on what we’ve been doing. I hope you find this blog interesting, and that it is a helpful way of keeping in touch with Cuadrilla’s work.

As ever, we continue to staff our Freephone community helpline 0800 170 1115, so please do get in touch with us with any questions you have.

Many thanks for reading, and in particular to those of you who attended the events.

Best wishes,