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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

December 2017 - Drilling

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 and departing over the whole month.

 
Arriving
 
Departing

The graph below shows the number of daily Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) arriving and 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
 
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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

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
 
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Surface Water Baseline
 
Surface Water Baseline

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 the Preston New Road site, noise generation is subject to limits. Due to very high levels of background noise measured at Staining Wood Cottage (Location 1), a proxy location known as L2 was installed to take measurements of noise associated with the drilling rig. L2 takes measurements with less background noise and is closer to the rig. Therefore with L2 being closer to the rig and further away from the nearest residential receptor an additional 8dB scaling factor is added to the noise limits to account for the distance away from Staining Wood Cottage. For daytime hours (8am-9pm), the noise from the site at the L2 receptor shall not exceed 63 dBLAeq 1hr (level of noise averaged over an hour). For night-time hours (9pm-8am), the noise from the site shall not exceed 47 dBLAeq 1hr.

For any query related to 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.

 
Average Hourly Noise
 
Daytime Overall Level Limits
 
Night Time Level Limits
  • TRAFFIC

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

     
    Arriving
     
    Departing

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

     
    % percentage of monthly HGV movements by hour of the day
  • 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

    As a condition of Cuadrilla’s planning consent for the Preston New Road site, noise generation is subject to limits. Due to very high levels of background noise measured at Staining Wood Cottage (Location 1), a proxy location known as L2 was installed to take measurements of noise associated with the drilling rig. L2 takes measurements with less background noise and is closer to the rig. Therefore with L2 being closer to the rig and further away from the nearest residential receptor an additional 8dB scaling factor is added to the noise limits to account for the distance away from Staining Wood Cottage. For daytime hours (8am-9pm), the noise from the site at the L2 receptor shall not exceed 63 dBLAeq 1hr (level of noise averaged over an hour). For night-time hours (9pm-8am), the noise from the site shall not exceed 47 dBLAeq 1hr.

    For any query related to 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.

     
    Average Hourly Noise
     
    Daytime Overall Level Limits
     
    Night Time Level Limits
  • SEISMICITY

    Seismicity is only monitored during the hydraulic fracturing phase.

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We would appreciate any feedback you may have to help us improve our monitoring portal.

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