CUADRILLA is set to meet residents ahead of submitting plans to begin fracking in Banks.
The firm recently revealed that its shale gas well, off Marsh Road, will be the first site “fracked” after the Government lifts its ban on the controversial drilling technique last month.
Having already drilled a vertical well at the site, Cuadrilla is now planning to submit an application to Lancashire County Council to advance its exploration programme by fracking and flow testing the well.
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Ahead of the plan’s submission, senior management from the firm will meet residents at a public information day on Wednesday to detail what is involved in the hydraulic fracturing process.
Cuadrilla CEO, Francis Egan, said: “Hydraulic fracturing is a key part of the ongoing exploratory process of determining how much shale gas we can viably recover.
“It is important that residents feel well informed about our operations, and our public information day gives the opportunity for them to talk to us about our work.
We are committed to engagement with, and being part of, the communities we work in, while maintaining the highest environmental standards.”
Work to exploit the unconventional gas at Banks by Cuadrilla Resources was put on hold 18 months ago after it caused two small earthquakes in Blackpool.
Following the lifting of the Government ban, Eve McNamara, of Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, said: “I am not convinced the full implications of a commercial shale gas industry have been considered and the legacy it will leave.”
The public information day will be held at Mere Brow Village Hall, from 4pm to 8pm, on Wednesday, January 23.