“We welcome the decision by Lancashire County Council’s Planning Officers to recommend to the Council’s Development Control Committee the approval of planning consent for our application for our Grange Hill site. Planning permission was originally granted for the site in 2010, and the well was safely drilled to its target depth of 10,700ft in 2011. Cuadrilla would now like to use the existing well to carry out seismic and pressure monitoring, and the current planning application, to be determined on 25th February, was submitted to enable us to do this.
“The monitoring works at Grange Hill would complement the seismic monitoring arrays that we plan to install around our proposed new shale gas exploration sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road. The work complies with the recommendations made by the Royal Society and The Royal Academy of Engineering for the monitoring of background seismicity, before during and after hydraulic fracturing. The site would then be fully restored.
“The proposed monitoring does not entail further drilling or hydraulic fracturing at the Grange Hill site.”