Live updates from Fylde fracking meeting

More than 450 people filled Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion Theatre for the first town-hall style meeting on fracking in Fylde for more than two years. The event has been organised by Fylde resident and engineer, Mike Hill, and chaired by Charles Metcalfe. DrillOrDrop is reporting live from the meeting. We will try to add the full presentations where they are available.





A meeting took place between the council and Cuadrilla last night and they were forced to admit at last that they have in fact hit an underground well and that is where the water is coming from.
The trench they have built round the edge to collect rain water is now overflowing and spilling in to the surrounding fields (that cows are grazing in) and we believe that they are mixing their own drilling mud on site as they have shipped in their own bentonite and we have seen drone photographs of tanks full of brownish fluids, so unless they are making their own teeth whitener down there we can only assume that they are mixing the mud right now….possibly mixing with well water and seeping in to the aquifer below and/or spilling out in to the fields.

Gold standard regulations? These fu#ke%s~couldn’t even dig a long drop toilet without causing a catastrophe,

Drone pictures raise concerns over surface water at Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site

Drone pictures taken yesterday morning show surface water at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool.

Opponents of operations at the site reported that four tankers had entered the site yesterday to collect rain water and another two had gone in by lunchtime today.

Live updates: eviction of Leith Hill protection camp

An eviction is underway at a protection camp at the site earmarked for Europa’s oil exploration well at Bury Hill Wood, near Leith Hill in Surrey. The Camp was established on 28 October 2016 and an eviction order was issued by the High Court on 23  January 2017.





The call to ‘Fraxit’ and six stress tests the fracking industry fails

The US Environmental Protection Agency released a definitive study this week concluding that hydraulic fracturing can impact drinking water at each stage in the shale gas production process.

Do we really want to see 16,000 or more shale gas wells drilled in the British countryside carrying the same and other risks, ask Professors Peter Strachan and Alex Russell?  

In the latest of’s occasional series, they assess the case for fracking in the UK against six “stress tests” and conclude that it fails in each case. 





Cuadrilla cuts costs to stem losses as shale project faces further opposition

The company’s latest financial result shows it managed to narrow losses to $11.54m last year from $17.7m in 2015 by cutting $5.5m from its operating and administrative expenses, which include staffing and overheads and the costs of the planning process, to $11.7m last year.