Gina Dowding, Green MEP for the North West said:
“After completing just a few fracks back in August, and provoking another run of earthquakes, Cuadrilla have announced they will now be flow-testing whatever gas they may have found.
“Cuadrilla seem to be compulsively over-optimistic about their predicament.
“They have been over-optimistic since the very beginning of their operations. However, the fears and concerns of local campaigners have been justified every time they fracked.
“As they were able to frack just seven stages out of the planned 47 in the second well, it seems very unlikely that a commercially viable gas flow has been stimulated at Preston New Road.
“After the 2.9ML fracking earthquake that thousands of people felt across the Fylde and beyond, with many reports of property damage, there is no reason to believe that any future operations by Cuadrilla will achieve any other result. Their 100% failure record remains unblemished.”