Earthquake Watch – Fracking DID cause earthquakes in Blackpool

Posted on November 2, 2011

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A controversial ‘fracking’ technique to extract gas from the ground was the ‘highly probable’ cause of earth tremors which hit Lancashire’s Fylde coast earlier this year, a report concluded today.

One tremor of magnitude 2.3 on the Richter scale hit the area on April 1 followed by a second of magnitude 1.4 on May 27, prompting locals and environmental campaigners to blame the fracking technique being used locally by oil and gas firm Cuadrilla.

Fracking involves extracting gas reserves from underground by a process of hydraulic fracturing of shale rock using high pressure liquid to release gas – a process green groups claim is damaging the environment.

The firm commissioned a report by independent experts to investigate any links between the tremors and fracking work at their Preese Hall-1 well in Lancashire.

Today a summary published by the company said it is probable the fracking caused the tremors.

It said: ‘The report concludes that it is highly probable that the fracking at Preese Hall-1 well triggered the recorded seismic events.

Daily Mail

You would think that this kind of information would make them think long and hard about fracking. Imagine what sort of earthquake it could cause in a more seismically active area.

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