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Cuadrilla gearing up for new fracking campaign in England

Feb. 19, 2014 at 7:24 AM

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- British energy company Cuadrilla Resources said it was reaching out to the public to discuss new hydraulic operations planned near Lancashire, England.

The company said its officials started speaking with local residents to discuss proposed exploration work in The Flyde, in western Lancashire.

Cuadrilla said it plans to apply for a permit to conduct a hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, campaign and test for the flow of gas at two wells from two separate sites.

Cuadrilla Chief Executive Officer Francis Egan said public engagement was part of a responsible business model.

"There will be many more chances for people to contribute to the process and I hope that people will take those chances and get involved," he said in a statement.

The company was the target of major demonstrations last summer when its work in the southern village of Balcombe was viewed as a prelude to a fracking campaign.

In January, Cuadrilla sent a letter to village residents saying it was applying for an extension to a license for exploration in the area but found natural fractures in Balcombe's shale that may prohibit fracking.

In March, the company said it believes there are 200 trillion cubic feet of shale natural gas in the Bowland basin in Lancashire.

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