LONDON (Reuters) – Shale fuel developer Cuadrilla Resources will begin fracking for fuel at its Preston New Road web site in northwest England subsequent week, the company stated on Friday.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, includes extracting fuel from rocks by breaking them up with water and chemical compounds at excessive strain. It was halted in Britain seven years in the past after inflicting earth tremors.
But the British government, eager to chop its reliance on imports, which have soared to greater than 50 p.c of British fuel provides, has tightened regulation of the business.
This 12 months it gave consent for Cuadrilla to start out fracking at two wells at Preston New Road.
Results from a six-month check interval are anticipated within the first quarter of subsequent 12 months, which Cuadrilla stated would offer data on how a lot fuel it might doubtlessly get well.
“This will allow us to make an assessment of the commercial viability and future of this exploration site,” Cuadrilla chief govt Francis Egan stated in a press release.
The British Geological Survey estimates shale fuel sources in northern England alone might quantity to 1,300 trillion cubic ft (tcf) of fuel, 10 p.c of which might meet the nation’s demand for nearly 40 years.
The apply of fracking has been opposed by environmental and area people campaigners involved in regards to the potential impact on the surroundings and floor water. They additionally argue that extracting extra fossil gasoline is at odds with the nation’s dedication to decreasing greenhouse fuel emissions.
Three protestors got jail sentences in September for blocking a convoy of vans carrying drilling tools to the location.
Reporting by Susanna Twidale; modifying by Jason Neely and Jan Harvey