Cuadrilla Completes Balcombe Drill

Cuadrilla Resources announced late Monday that it has completed its controversial drilling operation at Balcombe, West Susses, England. The firm said that the well confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons but will now be closed off for several months while Cuadrilla obtains planning permission to come back and test flow rates.

The operation, which was the subject of protests from professional environmental activists, saw a vertical well and a horizontal well by Cuadrilla. The vertical well was drilled to an approximate depth of 2,700 feet, collecting some 294 feet of rock samples along the way, while the horizontal well was drilled a distance of 1,700 feet.

Cuadrilla also carried out a set of advanced petrophysical logs that it said provides valuable data about the characteristics of the underground rock and the fluids contained within those rocks.

Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan commented in a company statement:

"The well is now closed off for the coming months as Cuadrilla applies for planning permission to come back and test flow rates. We appreciate that the Balcombe community has had to bear the strain of protest, as have our on-site and support team and contractors. 

"We commend West Sussex County Council and the police for both facilitating peaceful protest and preserving order."

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