Groundwater Monitoring in PEDL area 164

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Dear Environment Agency,

Can you please :-
1. Tell me how many groundwater monitoring points/stations there are in PEDL area 164?
2. Provide (or direct me towards) a map showing their location?
3. Indicate whether their readings have to be taken manually or can be accessed remotely?
4. If the former, indicate how frequently the readings would be taken if fracking is approved in this PEDL area?

Yours faithfully,

John Wilkinson

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Reynolds, Helen A, Environment Agency

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Dear John

 

The attached pdf map and excel spreadsheets provide the locations and
details of the groundwater monitoring within PEDL164.  We have provided
details of groundwater quality and level monitoring. There are 5
groundwater quality sites and 4 groundwater level sites. The readings at
all the sites are taken manually and cannot be accessed remotely.

 

It is unlikely that we would change the frequency of our monitoring at
these locations if fracking were approved in the PEDL area.  However, if
permits were granted for fracking, the operator would be required to
install and monitor a number of boreholes before any fracking took place.
The purpose of these would be to gather baseline information. This
monitoring would continue during the fracking process. We would agree the
details, such as locations of boreholes and frequency of monitoring, with
the operator before any permit was granted.

 

Regards.

 

Customer and Engagement Team.

 

 

 

 

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Dear Reynolds, Helen A,

Thank you for your response dated 20th July.

Could you though please indicate how often readings are currently taken at the monitoring sites you located?

Could you also please indicate how many boreholes you are likely to require an operator to provide in the event of the approval of Fracking in PEDL 164, and how widespread these are likely to be e.g. whether they would be clustered around the well or spread across the area in view of the extensive network of vertical faults known to exist across the Formby basin?

Yours sincerely,

John Wilkinson

CMBLNC Info Requests, Environment Agency

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Dear John

 

Enquiry regarding monitoring at the Preston New Road site

 

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 24 July 2017.

 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The groundwater quality monitoring is scheduled to take place twice a
year. However, our groundwater quality samples are taken from third party
abstraction boreholes, including some that are used for public water
supply by United Utilities (UU). The UU ones are not always in use and so
there are some occasions when samples from these boreholes cannot be
taken.

 

The groundwater level monitoring takes place four times a year, every
three months.

 

We cannot comment in general on the number and location of boreholes
needed for any application to frack. This would depend on the details
within any specific application if we were to receive one.

 

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