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Welcome to Cuadrilla’s Eportal for our Preston New Road exploration site.

We hope you find this a useful source of information about the monitoring of our shale gas exploration site. Please share any feedback on the portal with us here to help us to make this better. For further information please contact us and to return to the main Cuadrilla website please click here.

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Cuadrilla ePortal

April 2017 - Site Preparation

Click on any of the icons around the site to see monthly measurements. Click on map view to see to site in relation to the local area and the location of the various monitoring stations.

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KEY
  • Noise
  • Air Quality
  • Surface water
  • Ground Water

TRAFFIC

The graph below shows when during the day our Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) have been arriving or departing over the whole month.

 
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Departing

The graph below shows the number of daily Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) arriving or departing from site. The yellow line shows the baseline for the daily number of two-way HGV movements passing the site on Preston New Road.

 
HGV Movements
 
Baseline
(more info)

GROUND WATER

As a requirement of the Infrastructure Act 2015 Section 50, we are establishing a 12 month baseline of groundwater methane prior to hydraulic fracturing. Methane is measured every month within four boreholes (BH1, BH2, BH3 and BH4) within two geological strata, the Glacial Till and the Middle Sands. The baseline monitoring commenced in July 2016

 
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SURFACE WATER

As a requirement of Cuadrilla’s permit from the Environment Agency, we are required to undertake surface water sampling. Samples are taken monthly from six locations including from Carr Bridge Brook and other small bodies of water near to the site. The graphs below show concentrations of diesel as this is the predominant chemical used on site. The baseline for surface water was established between May 2014-May 2015.

 
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AIR QUALITY

Measurements for air quality around our site are shown at the graph below as gathered at four air quality monitoring stations around the site, measuring: Methane (CH4), Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5), Particulate Matter 10 (PM10). Methane is monitored as a requirement of the Infrastructure Act 2015 Section 50. PM2.5 and PM10 are monitored every month to fulfil our obligations under the dust management plan agreed with Lancashire County Council (condition 32A). Measurements are taken once monthly. The baseline shown is the peak reading from the same monitoring locations taken during baseline readings from May 2014 – May 2015

 
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NOISE

As a condition of Cuadrilla’s planning consent for our Preston New Road site, noise from the site is subject to restrictions. For daytime hours (8am-9pm), the noise from the site at any boundary of any residential property shall not exceed 55dBLAeq 1hr (level of noise averaged over an hour). For night-time hours (9pm-8am), the noise from the site shall not exceed 39 dBLAeq 1hr (level of noise averaged over an hour). Additionally, over the night-time hours, the maximum noise for very short periods (100 milliseconds) shall not exceed 57dBLA.

The graph below shows sounds levels for two monitoring points during daytime only as we are not operating at night-time until the start of drilling operations. The daytime noise levels are shown in comparison with a baseline of noise from the same monitoring positions during the month of December 2016. Night-time noise levels will be added as we move into drilling operations.

For any apparent exceedance of noise levels due to Cuadrilla operations, we can refer to sound recordings to analyse whether noise is being caused by our operations or by background causes.

During February, data gaps were identified due to technical issues with the noise monitoring equipment.

This problem has now been rectified to allow for continuous monitoring from now on.

 
Current Month
 
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Day:

During February, data gaps were identified due to technical issues with the noise monitoring equipment.

This problem has now been rectified to allow for continuous monitoring from now on.

 
Current Month
 
Baseline
Day:
  • TRAFFIC

    The graph below shows when during the day our Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs) have been arriving or departing over the whole month.

     
    Arriving
     
    Departing

    The graph below shows the number of daily Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) arriving or departing from site. The yellow line shows the baseline for the daily number of two-way HGV movements passing the site on Preston New Road.

     
    HGV Movements
     
    Baseline
    (more info)
  • AIR QUALITY

    Measurements for air quality around our site are shown at the graph below as gathered at four air quality monitoring stations around the site, measuring: Methane (CH4), Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5), Particulate Matter 10 (PM10). Methane is monitored as a requirement of the Infrastructure Act 2015 Section 50. PM2.5 and PM10 are monitored every month to fulfil our obligations under the dust management plan agreed with Lancashire County Council (condition 32A). Measurements are taken once monthly. The baseline shown is the peak reading from the same monitoring locations taken during baseline readings from May 2014 – May 2015

     
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  • SURFACE WATER

    As a requirement of Cuadrilla’s permit from the Environment Agency, we are required to undertake surface water sampling. Samples are taken monthly from six locations including from Carr Bridge Brook and other small bodies of water near to the site. The graphs below show concentrations of diesel as this is the predominant chemical used on site. The baseline for surface water was established between May 2014-May 2015.

     
    Surface Water Baseline
     
    Surface Water Baseline
     
    Surface Water Baseline
     
    Surface Water Baseline
     
    Surface Water Baseline
     
    Surface Water Baseline
  • GROUND WATER

    As a requirement of the Infrastructure Act 2015 Section 50, we are establishing a 12 month baseline of groundwater methane prior to hydraulic fracturing. Methane is measured every month within four boreholes (BH1, BH2, BH3 and BH4) within two geological strata, the Glacial Till and the Middle Sands. The baseline monitoring commenced in July 2016

     
    Glacial Till Baseline
     
    Middle Sands Baseline
     
    Glacial Till Baseline
     
    Middle Sands Baseline
     
    Glacial Till Baseline
     
    Middle Sands Baseline
     
    Glacial Till Baseline
     
    Middle Sands Baseline
  • NOISE

    Noise data will be included on the eportal from the start of drilling operations.

  • SEISMICITY

    Seismicity is only monitored during the hydraulic fracturing phase.

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