Flow testing at Preston New Road fracking site, Little Westby. Lancashire.

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Dear Oil and Gas Authority,

Please could you confirm as a matter of URGENCY whether flow testing of the two previously fracked horizontal wells at this location is actually permitted now that your department have closed down the fracking process itself ?

If so please could you explain where this activity is approved and what is the point of subjecting local residents to more distress and possible harm from additional seismic activity and the release of more quantities of toxic gaseous emissions?

Yours,

Peter K Roberts.

OGA FOI requests, Oil and Gas Authority

Dear Mr Roberts,
 
Thank you for your email of 8 October 2019, regarding the Flow testing at
the Preston New Road site.
 
As your email is not requesting specific information actually held by the
OGA, it is being dealt with as ordinary business rather than under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Environmental Information Regulations
(EIRs).
 
The OGA can confirm that approvals for the Extended Well Tests on Preston
New Road-1z and Preston New Road 2, for a period of 1 year, were granted
to Cuadrilla Bowland Limited on 24th September 2018, and 5th August 2019
respectively.
 
Additionally, just to clarify, the Extended Well Test operations do not
involve hydraulic fracturing. As per our latest announcement on 30th
September 2018, hydraulic fracturing at the Preston New Road site remains
suspended, and we note that Cuadrilla has now decided to demobilise this
equipment, in order to perform an extended well test on the Preston New
Road-2 well.
 
I hope that this answers your question.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
OGA Correspondence.
 
 
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Dear OGA FOI requests,

Many thanks for your reply to this Freedom of Information Request.

My ongoing concern is concerning the current state of play regarding the Cuadrilla Preston New Road fracking site at Little Westby. Lancashire.

Please confirm WHETHER the position is that ALL fracking related activities are closed down permitting only essential or routine maintenance to continue OR only the actual hydraulic fracturing process itself is suspended pending ongoing investigation?

The former would mean that flow testing previously fracked wells would not be permitted, the latter would permit flow testing causing more distress and potential harm from the release of airborne toxins or more siesmic events causing culmulative property damage.

Please clarify as the difference for local residents is massive.

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

OGA Correspondence, Oil and Gas Authority

Dear Mr Roberts,
 
Thank you for your further email of 14 October 2019, again regarding the
ongoing extended well test at the Preston New Road site.
 
As we have previously said, the extended well test operations do not
involve hydraulic fracturing and that hydraulic fracturing at the Preston
New Road site remains suspended. Non hydraulic fracturing operations,
including an extended well test and any ongoing maintenance, can continue.
 
Yours sincerely
 
OGA Correspondence
 
 
Oil and Gas Authority is a limited company registered in England and Wales
with registered number 09666504 and VAT registered number 249433979. Our
registered office is at 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1B
3HF.
 
For information about how we process data and monitor communications
please see our privacy statement and for terms of use please see our Terms
and Conditions, both available on our website.
 
 
 
 

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Dear OGA Correspondence,
Many thanks for this latest explanation. Sorry to keep bugging you but things are somewhat fraught around here nowadays.
Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.