Cuadrilla will not revise Lancashire shale gas estimate

A fracking plant in operation in Lancashire

A fracking plant in operation in Lancashire

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DRILLING company Cuadrilla will not be revising the estimate of shale gas in Lancashire upwards.

A geologist with the company had told the Shale UK conference, in London, that there could be almost twice as much shale gas in Lancashire than previously thought.

But a Cuadrilla spokesperson said: “Cuadrilla has always said that we believe our licence contains at least 200Tcf of gas in place.

“We are not proposing to revise that estimate upwards notwithstanding the understandable enthusiasm of our geologist.

“The key next step remains to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the rate of gas flow from a number of exploration wells, so we can start assessing how much of that huge quantity of gas in the ground can be safely and sensibly recovered for use in UK homes and businesses.

“We are progressing our plans to do just that.”

Huw Clarke told the Shale UK conference, in London, that there were 330 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in place in its licence area.

Based on data from two wells that it had fracked in 2011, Cuadrilla estimated that there were around 200 tcf in its licence area.

Fracking has been hailed as having the potential to create new jobs by unlocking millions of tons of shale gas lying underneath Lancashire.

A map showing areas where fracking could take place has highlighted possible options along the M65 corridor north of Blackburn through Burnley to Colne and the Rossendale Valley.

Mike Damms, chief executive of East Lancashire Ch-amber of Commerce, has backed economics professors Jim Taylor, Alasdair MacBean and Robert Rothschild, of Lancaster University, calling on politicians to stop using fracking as a ‘political football’, and work towards safely developing it as an alternative energy source.

However, concerns have been raised about possible negative effects it could have on the environment, and water supply.

Cuadrilla is looking to expand its operation in Lancashire, announcing recently that it was seeking planning permission for two new sites at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road on the Fylde coast.

It plans to drill and hydraulically fracture four exploration wells at each site.

In January, Cuadrilla announced that Lancashire com-munities where it drills for shale gas will get £100,000 each to spend on local projects.

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2:13pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Rumpole says...

Double the gas= double the amount for local bribes!
Double the gas= double the amount for local bribes! Rumpole
  • Score: 11

2:49pm Thu 6 Mar 14

POW WOW says...

Aye and the Russian commies will want a share in this too !!!!!!!!!!!!
Aye and the Russian commies will want a share in this too !!!!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: -4

3:11pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jack Herer says...

POW WOW wrote:
Aye and the Russian commies will want a share in this too !!!!!!!!!!!!
How would the Russians possibly get a share?!? Are you genuinely so ignorant that you don''t have a clue?

If there was ever a reason to go for shale gas - NOW - it is the current actions of Russia.

We should never be dependent of dodgy foreign countries for our energy. Nothing would guarantee that better than tapping our shale gas reserves.
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: Aye and the Russian commies will want a share in this too !!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]How would the Russians possibly get a share?!? Are you genuinely so ignorant that you don''t have a clue? If there was ever a reason to go for shale gas - NOW - it is the current actions of Russia. We should never be dependent of dodgy foreign countries for our energy. Nothing would guarantee that better than tapping our shale gas reserves. Jack Herer
  • Score: 1

3:16pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jack Herer says...

It's amazing how people look wistfully back on our coal mining years. Yet coal mining was a dirty, dangerous business. Not to mention unprofitable. Even today millions have to be spent making former mines safe.

Whilst shale gas has its downsides - everything does - it is far safer for its workers and the environment than coal mining.

Shale gas has the potential to make Lancashire rich and productive.

It's madness therefore that people would happily see the coal mines reopened, but don't want to see our shale gas potential achieved.
It's amazing how people look wistfully back on our coal mining years. Yet coal mining was a dirty, dangerous business. Not to mention unprofitable. Even today millions have to be spent making former mines safe. Whilst shale gas has its downsides - everything does - it is far safer for its workers and the environment than coal mining. Shale gas has the potential to make Lancashire rich and productive. It's madness therefore that people would happily see the coal mines reopened, but don't want to see our shale gas potential achieved. Jack Herer
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jack Herer says...

Rumpole wrote:
Double the gas= double the amount for local bribes!
= double the benefits to communities
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: Double the gas= double the amount for local bribes![/p][/quote]= double the benefits to communities Jack Herer
  • Score: -1

3:23pm Thu 6 Mar 14

caballo says...

The only way any locals will benefit Jack, is if already have shares in Cuadrilla.
The only way any locals will benefit Jack, is if already have shares in Cuadrilla. caballo
  • Score: 6

3:43pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jack Herer says...

caballo wrote:
The only way any locals will benefit Jack, is if already have shares in Cuadrilla.
So all those communities that used to benefit, nay rely, on coal mining, only did so from corporate connections?

Pull the other one caballo.

We live in a capitalist society. You need to get over that fact.
[quote][p][bold]caballo[/bold] wrote: The only way any locals will benefit Jack, is if already have shares in Cuadrilla.[/p][/quote]So all those communities that used to benefit, nay rely, on coal mining, only did so from corporate connections? Pull the other one caballo. We live in a capitalist society. You need to get over that fact. Jack Herer
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Thu 6 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Could be and estimate are not facts have you noticed its all the poor areas targeted ,,, fracturing the bed rock will cause the silt to go into the water table and contaminate it , millions of years it's took to settle and become clear water , so camoron knows once water is contaminated we will have to build more treatment plants and water prices will shoot up,,, so waters going to be next on the tax agenda ,, or drink the contaminated stuff ,, Watch this happen , free fuel my asss when this goes wrong and it will you will only have your pure greed and bribes to blame
Could be and estimate are not facts have you noticed its all the poor areas targeted ,,, fracturing the bed rock will cause the silt to go into the water table and contaminate it , millions of years it's took to settle and become clear water , so camoron knows once water is contaminated we will have to build more treatment plants and water prices will shoot up,,, so waters going to be next on the tax agenda ,, or drink the contaminated stuff ,, Watch this happen , free fuel my asss when this goes wrong and it will you will only have your pure greed and bribes to blame phil kernot
  • Score: -2

7:34pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jack Herer says...

phil kernot wrote:
Could be and estimate are not facts have you noticed its all the poor areas targeted ,,, fracturing the bed rock will cause the silt to go into the water table and contaminate it , millions of years it's took to settle and become clear water , so camoron knows once water is contaminated we will have to build more treatment plants and water prices will shoot up,,, so waters going to be next on the tax agenda ,, or drink the contaminated stuff ,, Watch this happen , free fuel my asss when this goes wrong and it will you will only have your pure greed and bribes to blame
Jeez, does everything have to be a conspiracy?

Why should Cameron ever want water prices to go up? At that point, in your head, will he cackle like a maniac as he toasts evil?

James Bond isn't real you know.

Why not look up the facts rather than wallowing in your sea of ignorance and conspiracies?
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Could be and estimate are not facts have you noticed its all the poor areas targeted ,,, fracturing the bed rock will cause the silt to go into the water table and contaminate it , millions of years it's took to settle and become clear water , so camoron knows once water is contaminated we will have to build more treatment plants and water prices will shoot up,,, so waters going to be next on the tax agenda ,, or drink the contaminated stuff ,, Watch this happen , free fuel my asss when this goes wrong and it will you will only have your pure greed and bribes to blame[/p][/quote]Jeez, does everything have to be a conspiracy? Why should Cameron ever want water prices to go up? At that point, in your head, will he cackle like a maniac as he toasts evil? James Bond isn't real you know. Why not look up the facts rather than wallowing in your sea of ignorance and conspiracies? Jack Herer
  • Score: -1

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