Update: Geophysical Survey, DECC Report and Public Information Days

May 11, 2012

I hope you’re finding these blogs interesting to read. We’re trying to give you an insight into our work in the area and we’d welcome your feedback.

In this post, I wanted to report on three things:

  • The progress of the Geophysical Survey
  • The publication of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s scientific experts’ report on the seismic events  of April and May last year
  • The Public Information Days we continue to hold

Geophysical Survey

In the last post I wrote about the start of the Geophysical Survey in the Fylde. The survey is now underway and is mapping the subsurface geology (the rock), helping to improve our knowledge of the area’s geology. We expect the survey to take around three months to complete and so we are roughly half way through it.

Surveying activities move from location to location, lasting just days at most in a specific place. If you have seen the team in your area, they will have now moved on, or will be doing so soon.

Perhaps the most obvious feature of the Survey is the orange and red cables, which are laid out across the area. These cables are part of the network of receivers that help to produce the ‘map’ of the local geology that the Survey is creating.

The cables should all be secured where they cross roads, driveways and footpaths, and we regularly check the coverings. They can be walked and driven over safely, and carry no charge so it is safe to come in to contact with them – although we ask you don’t handle them without contacting us first.

If you do happen to come across our surveying operations – perhaps our vehicles using the roads – please be assured we’re working hard to make sure there’s as little impact on local people as possible.

You can find out more about the survey process here.

DECC’s Report

While most of you will not have seen the work of the Geophysical Survey team, many of you will have seen Cuadrilla in the news over the last few weeks. There has been increased interest in our activities following the publication of theDepartment of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) scientific experts’ report into the seismic activity in May and April 20011, in the Bowland Basin, Lancashire.

Cuadrilla welcomed the report’s publication, and we were pleased that the experts came to a clear conclusion that it is safe to allow us to resume hydraulic fracturing. The report recommended a number of precautionary procedures to ensure that no seismic activity will be felt by local residents. Many of these recommendations were in the expert studies (on the seismic activity) we published in November last year, and the subsequent information we sent to DECC.  We have already started to implement a number of the experts’ recommendations, in the pursuit of best practice.

It is important to bear in mind that this report does not itself give the go-ahead for us to continue with hydraulic fracturing; it is a recommendation to the Government and the Energy Minister, who will ultimately make the decision.  Before the minister can do this, the report must go through a six-week public consultation period which we are currently in the middle of.

Many of you reading this will know that Cuadrilla suspended hydraulic fracturing following the minor tremors of April and May last year. We await the decision of the Government on whether hydraulic fracturing can resume.

Public Information Days

As part of our commitment to being an open company, we are always happy to discuss our work with the communities that we work within. We enjoyed meeting over 600 people at our three Public Information Days held at the end of February and start of March, at locations across the Fylde. Following interest from local elected representatives and the communities we held a further Public Information Day on Thursday 3 May, for the communities of Staining and Weeton.

We are now planning another Information Day on Wednesday 6th June at Singleton Village Hall, from 2.30pm until 7.30pm.

As usual, members of the Cuadrilla management team will be on hand to explain our work and talk visitors through the information displays. If the last events are anything to go by they will be a great opportunity not only for the local people to find out more about Cuadrilla’s work, but also for us to establish strong links with these important communities.


Thanks for reading.

Best wishes,

Mark Miller