Exploration & Production

UK fracking industry faces uphill battle

Fracking is taking place in the UK for the first time since 2011, but time has failed to reduce opposition to the technique Fracking is taking place in the UK for the first time since 2011, but time has failed to reduce opposition to the technique.
By The Wildcat 19 October 2018 0 32979
Opposition to fracking in 2013. (Interfax)

Cuadrilla started hydraulic fracturing operations at its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site in Lancashire on Monday. As the first fracking to take place in the UK since 2011, the event would ordinarily have been welcomed with optimism from the industry. 

However, Cuadrilla’s experiences over the past week are indicative of the opposition frackers can still expect. Low oil prices offered a reprieve for protesters, as they caused a slump in global investment in exploration – particularly expensive unconventional drilling – but time has failed...