Whoop Whoop! It's here at last, Spud Day 2017! The day Cuadrilla starts drilling it's next fracking well in Lancashire.
We have no idea why they call it "spudding" the well when they start drilling, but apparently they do and according to media reports, today's the day at Preston New Road.
This is great news. Not only does it mean we're a step closer to finding out the true potential of shale gas in Northern England, but it also triggers the first payment of local community benefits - £100,000 to be precise.
Well done to everyone that's helped get this far!