• 4 minutes Tariffs to derail $83.7 Billion Chinese Investment in West Virginia
  • 9 minutes Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 17 minutes Kaplan Says Rising Oil Prices Won't Hurt US Economy
  • 3 hours Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 2 hours Saudi Arabia plans to physically cut off Qatar by moat, nuclear waste and military base
  • 18 hours Corruption On The Top: Netanyahu's Wife Charged With Misuse of Public Funds for Meals
  • 7 hours Saudi Arabia turns to solar
  • 4 hours Why is permian oil "locked in" when refineries abound?
  • 11 hours Russia's Energy Minister says Oil Prices Balanced at $75, so Wants to Increase OPEC + Russia Oil by 1.5 mbpd
  • 1 hour Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 7 hours Teapots Cut U.S. Oil Shipments
  • 6 hours Oil prices going down
  • 7 hours Hot line, Macron: Phone Calls With Trump Are Like Sausages Best Not To Know What Is Inside
  • 23 hours Sell out now or hold on?
  • 23 hours Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 24 hours Gazprom Exports to EU Hit Record
  • 22 hours "The Gasoline Car Is a Car With a Future"
  • 8 hours Putin Says 'Fierce' U.S. Politics Hindering Summit With Trump
  • 17 hours EU Confirms Trade Retaliation Measures vs. U.S. To Take Effect on June 22
The Last Oil Frontier In The Gulf Of Mexico

The Last Oil Frontier In The Gulf Of Mexico

The potential of the U.S.…

Rig Count Falters Amid Oil Price Correction

Rig Count Falters Amid Oil Price Correction

The rig count slipped on…

Cuadrilla Begins Drilling in the UK, Despite Fracking Protests

Cuadrilla Resources has announced that it has finally begun to drill for oil in Balcombe, West Sussex, completing a 3,000ft well. Having managed to deliver its equipment past the protestors that had been obstructing all transport for more than a week, Cuadrilla were able to complete safety checks on Friday morning and then begin boring their exploratory well at around 10.30am.

A spokesman for the company confirmed that they had “commenced drilling at the Balcombe site.” Stating; “We have full planning and regulatory approval for this work from the Department for Energy and Climate Change, West Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.”

Cuadrilla’s drill site at Balcombe
Cuadrilla’s drill site at Balcombe. (BBC)

The 3,000ft well will now be followed by a 2,500ft horizontal bore in search of oil and gas.

Related article: $1 Billion of Natural Gas Wasted in North Dakota through Flaring in 2012

Environmentalists are protesting at the site, worried about the possible negative effects that any hydraulic fracturing, used to release natural gas from shale rock, could have on the local environment.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla’s chief executive officer, told the BBC that “the community should not really notice much activity at all unless they want to walk down to the site and see it.”

He explained that his company does not really expect to find natural gas whilst drilling in West Sussex, and stated that no fracking is planned for the area. If any shale reserves were discovered that required fracking to develop them, Cuadrilla would have to apply for additional permits.

Protestors outside the Balcombe site
Protestors outside the Balcombe site. (RTCC)

Daniel Lee, the campaigner in charge of the protestors at the Balcombe site, explained of the police that “they seem to be getting tired and they’ve got Pride this weekend too so I think they’re trying to shift us because they are understaffed.

Related article: This Week in Energy: Saudi Prince’s Panicked Tweet Over U.S. Shale Boom

Ten more tents arrived today and a couple of minibuses full of protesters so our camp is definitely growing not diminishing.

So far we’ve been using obstruction as a main tactic, but now the majority of the equipment is in the site, there’ll be a switch in emphasis.

We’ll be focussing on creative demonstrations to keep the media spectacle alive to raise awareness – like a mass bike ride we have planned which will see people from London and all over join us.”

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News