Drill sites frenzy

The drilling equipment used by Cuadrilla Resources at its site in Singleton
The drilling equipment used by Cuadrilla Resources at its site in Singleton
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A CONTROVERSIAL gas drilling company are set to start surveying for new sites which could see rigs springing up throughout Lytham and St Annes.

Cuadrilla Resources – who have been slammed for their shale gas fracking techniques – will begin a geophysical survey across Fylde over the next three months.

They are launching a series of roadshows, beginning in St Annes this weekend and have written to residents.

There are to be three public information days. The first is at the Church Road Centre, Church Road Methodist Church, St Annes, on Saturday, 3-5.30pm.

The other two are at Elswick Village Hall on March 1, 5-8.30pm and at Wesham Community Centre on March 2, 5-8.30pm.

A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “We are carrying out a geophysical survey of the Fylde area to get a better understanding of the area’s geology.

“The survey will mean that future work can be better targeted with fewer well pads extracting more gas.

“This would mean less infrastructure and visual impact if we were to move to a production phase.

“If Cuadrilla move to production of gas we would have exclusive rights to extract gas from our licence area. Under the licensing system, it is simply not possible for other firms to set up their own operation between our sites within licence.

“Any future extraction of gas would be regulated by the Department of Energy and Climate Control, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive and would be subject to planning permission under Lancashire County Council.”

More details in this week’s Express.