Latest News: 31st July, 2012
Colorado report “a red herring”
A US report suggesting air emissions from gas production sites can cause illness is seriously flawed and irrelevant for operations under UK regulations says Cuadrilla Resources, currently exploring for natural gas in Fylde.
And the research paper from the Colorado School of Public Health has been widely criticised – having been based on old data from a study which was decommissioned by a US public health authority.
The Colorado report published in March and highlighted in Monday’s Gazette (30.07.12), stated that air emissions due to natural gas development is greater for residents living closer to wells.
However Cuadrilla has pointed to the fact that health-risk study has been criticised by multiple stakeholders in the US including local and state health officials as “overstating” people’s exposure to emissions.
A Cuadrilla spokesman said today:
“The Colorado report is not new. It is also a red herring. As we informed the Gazette in March, the report sets out a set of circumstances that simply don’t apply to Cuadrilla’s operations. It describes what can happen when a well vents into the atmosphere. Cuadrilla’s operating practice is not to vent producing wells to atmosphere and UK regulations also prohibit direct venting. In addition, the report refers to venting of fumes from oil wells, and Cuadrilla wells would produce natural gas, not oil.
Since March, the Colorado report has been widely criticised for its methodology and public health officials in the state have distanced themselves from the report and its findings.”
Notes to Editors
Report from the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (local newspaper in Colorado):