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Preston New Road

Our current operational shale gas exploration site is Preston New Road (PNR), which is in the parish of Westby-with-Plumptons, in the Fylde, Lancashire.  We were granted planning permission in October 2016 to develop PNR as a temporary exploration site with permission to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of natural gas from up to four horizontal wells at the site.  Site construction began in early 2017 and drilling began in mid 2017. In 2018, Cuadrilla completed drilling the UK’s first two horizontal shale gas wells. To learn more about horizontal drilling watch the short video here. Hydraulic fracturing of the shale rock adjacent to these two wells started in October.

Historical information can be found here and please check the Latest News tab below for more recent updates.

High Court Injunction

Cuadrilla, along with local farmers, was awarded on 11th July 2018 an injunction covering PNR until June 2020. The High Court Order can be viewed here 

All papers regarding the application to the High Court can be found here

 

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