The ArgusCuadrilla will not frack in Balcombe 'now or in the future', residents told (From The Argus)

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Cuadrilla will not frack in Balcombe 'now or in the future', residents told

The Argus: Cuadrilla will not frack in Balcombe 'now or in the future', residents told Cuadrilla will not frack in Balcombe 'now or in the future', residents told

Energy company Cuadrilla has said it will not frack in Balcombe "now or in the future".

A letter was sent to residents of the village.

During the summer hundreds of anti-fracking protesters gathered while the firm carried out test drilling.

The protestors feared it could lead to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said the rock where hydrocarbons had been found was "naturally fractured".

Earlier this week Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner said the total cost of the fracking operation was around £4m.

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1:18pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Barney123 says...

These sort of protests will obviously happen everytime an oil or gas firm want to carry out exploratory drilling from now on. Bit of a shame, but it keeps the trustafarians busy.
These sort of protests will obviously happen everytime an oil or gas firm want to carry out exploratory drilling from now on. Bit of a shame, but it keeps the trustafarians busy. Barney123
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1:44pm Thu 23 Jan 14

whatone says...

I believe we will find that all those wild government claims of how much gas can be extracted will be proven wrong.

And hopefully given the opposition so far, there will be a major rethink of this misguided policy!
I believe we will find that all those wild government claims of how much gas can be extracted will be proven wrong. And hopefully given the opposition so far, there will be a major rethink of this misguided policy! whatone
  • Score: -1

3:44pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sad-old-git says...

Does this mean they have finished with the site completely, or are they just saying that fracking will not be the process used to extract whatever they may or may not have found.

Could this be a smokescreen?
Does this mean they have finished with the site completely, or are they just saying that fracking will not be the process used to extract whatever they may or may not have found. Could this be a smokescreen? sad-old-git
  • Score: -1

5:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

whatone says...

sad-old-git wrote:
Does this mean they have finished with the site completely, or are they just saying that fracking will not be the process used to extract whatever they may or may not have found.

Could this be a smokescreen?
It could be that they are trying to diffuse the situation.

They may well still drill for oil anyway.

Or they may just hand the site over to another company!
[quote][p][bold]sad-old-git[/bold] wrote: Does this mean they have finished with the site completely, or are they just saying that fracking will not be the process used to extract whatever they may or may not have found. Could this be a smokescreen?[/p][/quote]It could be that they are trying to diffuse the situation. They may well still drill for oil anyway. Or they may just hand the site over to another company! whatone
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Thu 23 Jan 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Clearly they are saying they do not need to Frack to get to the Gas
Up to them if they drill for it or not.
No doubt the Great unwashed will be back to protest....
Clearly they are saying they do not need to Frack to get to the Gas Up to them if they drill for it or not. No doubt the Great unwashed will be back to protest.... upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 1

6:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

whatone says...

Who are the 'great unwashed'?...

Are there any other cliches that the troll department wishes to expand upon?
Who are the 'great unwashed'?... Are there any other cliches that the troll department wishes to expand upon? whatone
  • Score: -3

10:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

OrdinaryJo says...

They are talking about oil, not gas.
They are not abandoning, but probably going back to the original terms of the planning application and seeking an extension on time most likely because it won't officially be fracking for oil from Cuadrilla.
They will still want to pump chemicals in to the ground to stimulate the flow of oil, at lower pressures, but it still carries many of the risks associated with fracking, just a fraction less (if you pardon the pun) risk.
They are talking about oil, not gas. They are not abandoning, but probably going back to the original terms of the planning application and seeking an extension on time most likely because it won't officially be fracking for oil from Cuadrilla. They will still want to pump chemicals in to the ground to stimulate the flow of oil, at lower pressures, but it still carries many of the risks associated with fracking, just a fraction less (if you pardon the pun) risk. OrdinaryJo
  • Score: 2

10:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

We ALL use energy so if its on our doorstep it should be used fracking or not.The protesters in there clapped out polluting vehicles should also accept we all have energy needs.Ive worked offshore on oil and gas rigs and in the nuclear industry if things are managed correctly there are few problems.The south coast should also have its fair share of windfarms too in many parts of the country they are all over but do gooders around here object to everything even solar farms.I say lets get fracking so we can stabilise our energy needs.
We ALL use energy so if its on our doorstep it should be used fracking or not.The protesters in there clapped out polluting vehicles should also accept we all have energy needs.Ive worked offshore on oil and gas rigs and in the nuclear industry if things are managed correctly there are few problems.The south coast should also have its fair share of windfarms too in many parts of the country they are all over but do gooders around here object to everything even solar farms.I say lets get fracking so we can stabilise our energy needs. clubrob6
  • Score: 1

11:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Ambo Guy says...

whatone wrote:
Who are the 'great unwashed'?...

Are there any other cliches that the troll department wishes to expand upon?
Oh my god. You're really not very bright are you?
[quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: Who are the 'great unwashed'?... Are there any other cliches that the troll department wishes to expand upon?[/p][/quote]Oh my god. You're really not very bright are you? Ambo Guy
  • Score: 2

9:31am Fri 24 Jan 14

Plantpot says...

whatone wrote:
I believe we will find that all those wild government claims of how much gas can be extracted will be proven wrong.

And hopefully given the opposition so far, there will be a major rethink of this misguided policy!
Highly unlikely as in the NW of England alone there is enough shale gas to meet our needs for 100 years.
[quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: I believe we will find that all those wild government claims of how much gas can be extracted will be proven wrong. And hopefully given the opposition so far, there will be a major rethink of this misguided policy![/p][/quote]Highly unlikely as in the NW of England alone there is enough shale gas to meet our needs for 100 years. Plantpot
  • Score: 0

9:33am Fri 24 Jan 14

Plantpot says...

clubrob6 wrote:
We ALL use energy so if its on our doorstep it should be used fracking or not.The protesters in there clapped out polluting vehicles should also accept we all have energy needs.Ive worked offshore on oil and gas rigs and in the nuclear industry if things are managed correctly there are few problems.The south coast should also have its fair share of windfarms too in many parts of the country they are all over but do gooders around here object to everything even solar farms.I say lets get fracking so we can stabilise our energy needs.
Forestry Commission figures show more than five million trees have been felled thanks to wind farm developments since 2007, with fewer than 1.6 million planted to replace them - in Scotland alone.

I would much rather have shale gas extraction and trees than the environmental vandalism of Big Wind and Big Solar.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: We ALL use energy so if its on our doorstep it should be used fracking or not.The protesters in there clapped out polluting vehicles should also accept we all have energy needs.Ive worked offshore on oil and gas rigs and in the nuclear industry if things are managed correctly there are few problems.The south coast should also have its fair share of windfarms too in many parts of the country they are all over but do gooders around here object to everything even solar farms.I say lets get fracking so we can stabilise our energy needs.[/p][/quote]Forestry Commission figures show more than five million trees have been felled thanks to wind farm developments since 2007, with fewer than 1.6 million planted to replace them - in Scotland alone. I would much rather have shale gas extraction and trees than the environmental vandalism of Big Wind and Big Solar. Plantpot
  • Score: 1

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