04.10.13. - Anna's Road site will be abandoned by Cuadrilla over concerns for wintering birds such as pink-footed geese.
The UK's only company engaged in fracking is closing one of its five exploration sites, citing environmental concerns about wintering birds.
Cuadrilla will abandon its exploration of the Anna's Road site in Lancashire and restore it to green fields. The site was acquired in 2009 and opened in 2011. But the company's permission to explore there was dependent on its impact on migrating birds, including pink-footed geeseand whooper swans.
Cuadrilla's progress in the UK has been beset with problems. At the only site the company has so far managed to frack, the activities caused two small earthquakes in early 2011. These caused the company to suspend operations and prompted a government review. In the course of the investigations, it emerged that the casing of the fracking well had been deformed, perhaps by one of the tremors but possibly because of other issues. It was later revealed by the Guardian that Cuadrilla had failed to inform government authorities for several months that the company's engineers knew the well had been deformed. No gas or fluids leaked as a result of the damage. The company also repeatedly trespassed on private land during geological surveys.