Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cuadrilla Resources Applies for Shale Gas Fracking Permit

On July 5, 2013, Cuadrilla Resources announced that it was applying for a hydraulic fracturing permit for an exploration well in northwest England. In 2011, Cuadrilla began hydraulic fracturing, but operations were stopped after seismic activity occurred in the region. The British government ordered a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing, and the Royal Academy of Engineers conducted a study into the effects of using hydraulic fracturing in onshore wells. In June 2011 the RAE released the study, and six months later, the minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced changes to the permit process and operation regulations for wells undergoing hydraulic fracturing.

The new permit from Cuadrilla comes on the heels of a British Geological Survey (BGS) study of the Bowland shale in northwest England that found larger recoverable reserves of shale gas than previously estimated. The Cuadrilla permit is still being reviewed by the British government.

Written by: Garrett Lent, Research Assistant
Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
July 2013

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