It’s called Fracking by Stealth – companies apply for permission to drill, not to frack. They take the position that drilling is harmless and the UK Government agrees with them – no Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) needed for drilling. And even if eventually EIAs will be required, it will be for the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) stage only.
Let’s look at what can now be done without EIA
• The operator arrives on site with his first 120 trucks.
• Builds a pad.
• Brings on the rig, lighting, cement, portocabins, accommodation block, toilets, generators, compressors
• Brings on the drilling mud with drilling chemicals.
• Drills the well through an aquifer.
• Cements in conductor and then surface casing (you hope) – nobody check in the UK – there are no regulations and no inspection.
• Drills through intermediate stage
• Cements in Intermediate casing (you hope) – nobody check…
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