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

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Oil and Gas Authority should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

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.
 
 
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.
 
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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 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.

peter k. roberts

Dear OGA Correspondence,

As the approval to carry out Extended Well Pressure Testing of PNR Well2 expires very shortly, August 4th to be precise,, please could you explain what happens to the build up of gases created in Well2?

Do Cuadrilla need to apply for permissions to proceed further ie. to commence flaring it venting?

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

peter k. roberts left an annotation ()

I have asked the Oil and Gas Authority a follow up question namely,

'As Cuadrilla's permission to carry out Extended Well Pressure Testing at Preston New Road Little Westby expires on the 4th August, 2020 at midnight, what happens to the build up of gases created?'

Somewhat urgent I must say as that is next Tuesday!

OGA Correspondence, Oil and Gas Authority

Dear Mr Roberts,
 
Thank you for your email of 27 July, to the OGA Correspondence mailbox,
further following up on a request from last year. I note that you have
also put “Freedom Of Information” in the title, however, as your question
does not specifically ask for information actually held by the OGA, rather
it requests an explanation of policy or procedure, we shall deal with it
as ordinary correspondence.
 
In regard to your first question, about build-up of gasses in Well 2, we
are able to inform you that the well has been left save in a Completed
(Shut-in) state, with valves closed off. For any further information about
how to better understand HSE well engineering and construction criteria
you may wish to contact the Health and Safety Executive (HSE
[1]https://www.hse.gov.uk/ ) or the Operator.
 
For the second question, regarding permission to proceed further (i.e.
flaring and venting), an operator would need to apply for an extension to
the Extended Well Test consent if they wished to continue beyond the
currently consented time period.
 
I hope that this is helpful.
 
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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peter k. roberts

Dear OGA Correspondence,
Thank you for your response to my recent concerns.

When you say that that PNR Well 2 gas been left 'save' would I be correct to deduce that was a typo and should have said 'safe'?

Also have Cuadrilla requested an extension to the now expired time period of 12 months permission to carry out Extended Well Pressure Testing? If not do Cuadrilla need to apply for such an extension within a specified time period in order to have that request considered or is there a deadline that applies?

Once again many thanks for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

OGA Correspondence, Oil and Gas Authority

 
Dear Mr Roberts, thank you for your further follow up of 7 August.
 
We can confirm that the word "save" was indeed a typo and was meant to say
"safe" and that Cuadrilla would need to apply for an extension for
permission to carry out Extended Well Pressure Testing.
 
As for your final question on whether Cuadrilla have applied for an
extension, we will be treating this as a Freedom of Information request
and you will receive a reply in due course. The FOI number for this will
be FOI-2020-0050.
 
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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peter k. roberts left an annotation ()

Many thanks to the OGA for their explanations and patience.

Trouble is one answer leads to another question so please don't blame them for seeming to be slow in answering my initial FOI Request.

OGA FOI requests, Oil and Gas Authority

Dear Mr Roberts,
 
Further to our last email of 7 August, please be advised that the correct
number for your FOI case is, in fact, FOI-2020-0055.
 
We apologise for the error.
 
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.
 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: OGA Correspondence
Sent: 07 August 2020 12:27
To: '[FOI #609998 email]'
<[FOI #609998 email]>
Subject: Flow testing at Preston New Road fracking site, Little Westby.
Lancashire.
 
 
 
Dear Mr Roberts, thank you for your further follow up of 7 August.
 
We can confirm that the word "save" was indeed a typo and was meant to say
"safe" and that Cuadrilla would need to apply for an extension for
permission to carry out Extended Well Pressure Testing.
 
As for your final question on whether Cuadrilla have applied for an
extension, we will be treating this as a Freedom of Information request
and you will receive a reply in due course. The FOI number for this will
be FOI-2020-0050.
 
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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peter k. roberts left an annotation ()

Clerical error by OGA corrected.

OGA FOI requests, Oil and Gas Authority

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Dear Mr Roberts,
 
Further to our last email, please find attached a response to your Freedom
of Information request.
 
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.
 
_____________________________________________
From: OGA FOI requests
Sent: 18 August 2020 15:37
To: '[FOI #609998 email]'
<[FOI #609998 email]>
Subject: Correction of number - now FOI-2020-0055 Flow testing at Preston
New Road fracking site, Little Westby. Lancashire.
 
 
Dear Mr Roberts,
 
Further to our last email of 7 August, please be advised that the correct
number for your FOI case is, in fact, FOI-2020-0055.
 
We apologise for the error.
 
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.
 
 
 
_____________________________________________
From: OGA Correspondence
Sent: 07 August 2020 12:27
To: '[FOI #609998 email]'
<[1][FOI #609998 email]>
Subject: Flow testing at Preston New Road fracking site, Little Westby.
Lancashire.
 
 
 
Dear Mr Roberts, thank you for your further follow up of 7 August.
 
We can confirm that the word "save" was indeed a typo and was meant to say
"safe" and that Cuadrilla would need to apply for an extension for
permission to carry out Extended Well Pressure Testing.
 
As for your final question on whether Cuadrilla have applied for an
extension, we will be treating this as a Freedom of Information request
and you will receive a reply in due course. The FOI number for this will
be FOI-2020-0050.
 
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 Oil and Gas Authority,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Oil and Gas Authority's handling of my FOI request 'Flow testing at Preston New Road fracking site, Little Westby. Lancashire.'.

I would like this to be based on the effects on the local population of having continued uncertainty about the consequences of renewed fracking related activities being permitted by the Gold Standard Monitors.

This uncertainty has many unpleasant effects on the physical and mental well-being of nearby residents which in my opinion far outweigh any possible financial effects on the fracking companies involved.

May I refer you to the outstanding study by Anna Szolucha titled The Human Dimension of Shale Gas Developments which contains many personal statements to back up my concerns.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

peter k. roberts

peter k. roberts left an annotation ()

Submitted request for an Internal Review based on my concerns that the adverse effects on local residents physical and mental well-being of continued uncertainty about Cuadrilla's fracking activities far outweigh any possible financial damage to the already bankrupt fracking companies involved.

OGA FOI requests, Oil and Gas Authority

Dear Mr Roberts,
 
Many thanks for your email.
 
We acknowledge receipt of your Internal Review request.
 
Its official number is IR2 and it will be a review of your original FOI
request which had the number FOI-2020-0055 (which reference we will also
include for clarity).
 
Yours sincerely,
 
FOI Manager.
 
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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peter k. roberts left an annotation ()

Acknowledgment received to my request for an Internal Review of the refusal of the Oil and Gas Authority to divulge whether Cuadrilla have applied for an extension to their permission to carry out Extended Well Pressure Testing of PNR Well2.

I asked the Oil and Gas Authority why consideration to the physical and mental well-being of nearby residents should not rank above the financial well-being of a new, unwanted and proven to be dangerous industrial process that has actually already been closed down?

OGA FOI requests, Oil and Gas Authority

Dear Mr Roberts,

Further to your request, of 5 September, for an internal Review of case FOI-2020-0055.

This Internal Review is currently being considered.

If we are unable to provide you with a response within the next 20 working days, we will provide you with a further update.

Yours sincerely,

OGA FOI Manager.

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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peter k. roberts left an annotation ()

Acknowledgment received that my request for an Internal Review of their handling of my request is underway.