Gas Well

 

ASHDOWN 2 - Crowborough's Gas Well

Several exploratory gas/oil wells have been drilled near to Crowborough.  ASHDOWN 2 is located on Crowborough Common, close to residential areas and is described as an ‘appraisal’ well. It appears to be the only local well to have progressed to this stage. 

The purpose of an appraisal well is to assess the location and size of shale gas/oil reserves in an area.  The well may be drilled vertically at depth and then horizontally in different directions under large areas of land.  One well can therefore be used for many drillings to estimate gas reserves over a great area.  

Crowborough Beacon Golf Club Limited owns the site of ASHDOWN 2 and the public were given full access to this land by Earl De La Warr in 1906.

Until recently Cuadrilla Resources held the licence for this well and others in this area.

In 2011, Cuadrilla fracked for shale gas in Lancashire, causing earth tremors.

In 2013, Cuadrilla driilled an exploratory well at Balcombe in West Sussex, just 15 miles from Crowborough.

Balcombe was the site of weeks of protest by anti-fracking protestors as the drilling was carried out. At the height of the protests, thousands of people joined in the march on the site, and the direct actions taken included protesters blocking the road and chaining themselves to barriers. There were dozens of arrests, including that of the Brighton Green MP, Caroline Lucas.

Finally, Cuadrilla scraped plans to frack at Balcombe site - natural fractures in shale rock ruled out the need for hydraulic fracking, Cuadrilla said in January 2014.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/23/fracking-balcombe-site-cuadrilla

http://gasdrillinginbalcombe.wordpress.com/

What is fracking?

In brief, fracking is a process used to extract shale gas from rock formations thousands of metres below the Earth's surface. A well is drilled and millions of litres of water containing a cocktail of often-toxic chemicals are forced into the rock at high pressures to fracture it and release the gas.  In addition to earth tremors there is the risk of water contamination, methane leakage and other environmental issues.

There is currently a vast amount of information available about fracking and shale gas production in the UK.

This website does not advise on the shale gas situation in the Weald area but will display relevant information concerning the well on Crowborough Common – information that is already in the public domain.

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The following links are provided to Government websites to give assistance in checking the location and other known details relating to the ASHDOWN 2 gas well:


Location details -
including co-ordinates, appraisal status and other information, see line 1594 in this spreadsheet:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/292474/Landwells14March2014_2_.xlsx

The co-ordinates are also reproduced here for ease:  (X)551057 (Y)129235

Enter them at the following website for a location map:  www.gridreferencefinder.com


Map and report - produced under contract by the British Geological Survey. This recent paper includes a map showing ASHDOWN 2 as a ‘conventional well that flowed gas’.  Please visit page 8 to view this map.  Department of Energy and Climate Change: ‘The Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources of Britain’s Onshore Basins – Shale Gas’

www.og.decc.gov.uk/UKpromote/onshore_paper/UK_onshore_shalegas.pdf


Petroleum Exploration and Development License 247 (PEDL247) – this is the area license recently held by Cuadrilla Resources that included ASHDOWN 2 gas well.


General Information - 'Environmental Management in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production' - www.ogp.org.uk/pubs/254.pdf  See page 7 for information about ‘Appraisal' wells.

 

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