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Title Preliminary assessment of the environmental baseline in the Flyde, Lancashire : British Geological Survey report OR/18/020
Ref no OR/18/020
Author Ward, R.S.; Allen, G.; Baptie, B.J.; Bateson, L.B.; Bell, R.A.; Butcher, A.S.; Daraktchieva, Z.; Dunmore, R.; Fisher, R.E.; Horleston, A.; Howarth, C.H.; Jones, D.G. Jordan, C.J.; Kendall, M.; Lewis, A.; Lowry, D.; Lowry, D.; Miller, C.A.; Milne, C.J.; Novellino, A.; Pitt, J.; Purvis, R.M.; Smedley, P.L.; Wasikiewicz, J.M.
Year of publication 2018
Abstract This report presents the collated preliminary results from the British Geological Survey (BGS) led project Science-based environmental baseline monitoring associated with shale gas development in the Fylde, Lancashire. The project has been funded by a combination of BGS National Capability funding, in-kind contributions from project partners and a grant awarded by the Department of Business Energy and Investment Strategy (BEIS). It complements an on-going project, in which similar activities are being carried out, in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire. Further information on the projects can be found on the BGS website: The project has initiated a wide-ranging environmental baseline monitoring programme that includes water quality (groundwater and surface water), seismicity, ground motion, atmospheric composition (greenhouse gases and air quality), soil gas and radon in air (indoors and outdoors). The motivation behind the project(s) was to establish independent monitoring in the area around the proposed shale gas hydraulic fracturing sites in the Fylde, Lancashire (Cuadrilla Resources Ltd) before any shale gas operations take place. As part of the project, instrumentation has been deployed to measure, in real-time or near real-time, a range of environmental variables (water quality, seismicity, atmospheric composition). These data are being displayed on the project's web site ( Additional survey, sampling and monitoring has also been carried out through a co-ordinated programme of fieldwork and laboratory analysis, which has included installation of new monitoring infrastructure, to allow compilation of one of the most comprehensive environmental datasets in the UK. The monitoring programme is continuing. However, there are already some very important findings emerging from the limited datasets which should be taken into account when developing future monitoring strategy, policy and regulation. The information is not only relevant to Lancashire but will be applicable more widely in the UK and internationally. Although shale gas operations in other parts of the world are well-established, there is a paucity of good baseline data and effective guidance on monitoring. The project will also allow the experience gained, and the scientifically-robust findings to be used, to develop and establish effective environmental monitoring strategies for shale gas and similar industrial activities.
Publisher British Geological Survey
Place of publication Keyworth
Series Open Reports
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