UK’s first horizontal well completed in Lancashire shale by Caudrilla, who now await clearance to frack


If government approval materialises, this would be the first frack since 2011. (The one that led to an earthquake).

If that frack is successful, and Caudrilla can work out how to replicate industrial-scale US-type fracking in the English countryside against the trenchant opposition of the government’s own support base, they would then be free to clock up mountains of debt just like the American drillers have.

Image: screenshot from Caudrilla website.

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