First shale gas produced at English fracking site


British energy firm Cuadrilla has extracted its first shale gas from a site in northwest England, weeks after it began the fracking operations.

Cuadrilla added that the gas flows were small but the site may provide “a significant source” of gas.

“This is a good early indication of the gas potential that we have long talked about,” Cuadrilla Chief Executive Francis Egan said in an email statement.

Britain’s regulatory system calls for any fracking to be paused if any tremor of magnitude 0.5 or above is detected.

Cuadrilla said it plans to fully test flow rates from the current two exploration wells towards the end of 2018 and into the New Year to determine whether full-scale gas extraction would be viable.