Radioactive Flowback From Hydraulic Fracturing At Preston New Road Near Blackpool Taken To Leeds
Between November 18 2018 and April 19 2019 flowback waste from Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Lancashire was taken to FCC Recycling (UK) Limited at Knostrop in Leeds, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed.
The waste was carried in tankers on an unknown route on public roads past hundreds of communities. The waste flowback fluid is a brine solution containing heavy metals, toxic hydrocarbons (BTEX) and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). After being treated by FCC the water is passed to the Yorkshire Water treatmente works and then discharged into the River Aire. The process used by FCC is unknown as is what they do with any toxic materials removed from the waste.
Local reisdents have been repeateldly told that they were misinformed and that Knostrop was not treating fracking wastewater. Yorkshire Water repeatedly claimed that they had no knowledge of FCC carrying out such treatment work – their website still states that they are “unaware of any firm proposals by FCC Environment to send waste water from the fracking process to our Knostrop… Treatment Works”.
If you live in Leeds Get involved in the local campaign:
Frack Free Allerton Bywater & Surrounding Areas has updates re Knostrop and meetings are currently the second Wednesday of every month at the The Victoria Hotel, Main Street, Allerton Bywater, WF10 2BZ.
The Preston New Road site is Cuadrilla’s flagship fracking test project, where they have planning permission (from central government) to drill and hydraulically fracture 4 shale gas wells. This would involve more than 20,000 vehicle movements in and out of the PNR site, as fracking trucks bring equipment and materials and dispose of waste, to and from support sites across the country. Take a look at our factsheet and find out what support sites could be near you.
Cuadrilla’s speculative business model means that they need good results from these test to get more investment, but that includes not just what they find under ground but the level of resistance they encounter. That is where communities across the country come in – by making Cuadrilla’s fracking plans as difficult, slow and expensive as possible!
Check out our factsheet about Cuadrilla’s plans, your community may be threatened with impacts (e.g. fracking waste being dumped or transported through your community) even if you live hundreds of miles from Lancashire.