Angus Energy acquired a 25% Interest in the Balcombe Licence PEDL 244 and consent has been granted by the OGA (Oil and Gas Authority) and so they are the operator at the Lower Stumble drilling site.
Fracking in Balcombe and Beyond
Both Cuadrilla and Angus Energy have stated that they will not be fracking in Balcombe. The latest application involves an Extended Well Test “dealing with an unconventional and largely unaddressed reservoir – the Kimmeridge clay formation” which could involve an acid wash.
In 2015 the definition of fracking was redefined in the UK Infrastructure Act, which defines high-volume hydraulic fracturing as involving the injection into a well of 1000m3 or more or water per fracturing stage or 10000m3 or more of water during the entire fracturing process. Activities outside of this definition are not included in the current moratorium on fracking. The moratorium came into effect in 2019 after a magnitude 2.9 event was recorded on 26th August 2019 at Preston New Road, Lancashire. Operations at the Lancashire site have been suspended ever since and will remain in place “unless compelling new evidence is provided which addresses the concerns around the prediction and management of induced seismicity.”
Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association‘s crowdfunding page “Stop Oil Exploration in Balcombe, Sussex” is live on CrowdJustice: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stop-balcombe-oil/