An earth tremor registering 2.9MP was recorded on Cuadrilla’s Blackpool oil and gas drilling site on Sunday. As a result, the regulator for the shale gas industry has suspended fracking operations.
The seismic event is the largest tremor induced by fracking in the UK. It affected the whole of Lancashire on August 26. DrillOrDrop report.
Cuadrilla resumed fracturing at it Preston New Road site near Blackpool on 15 August 2019. Since then, there have been more than 90 tremors, including four that were felt locally. People living as far away as Preston and Chorley reported that they felt the event. The quake came just two days after another-record breaking tremor was recorded close to the New Road site in Westby-with-Plumptons, Lancashire.
A Government fracking adviser likened the events to a 2-3-magnitude tremor at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall site in Lancashire in 2011, which led to the suspension of fracking in the UK for seven years.
According to Friends of the Earth. ‘The issue of earthquakes in connection to unwanted fracking has always been serious. Now it’s getting out of hand.’
However, Cuadrilla said: the tremor only lasted ‘a second.’
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With Surrey County Council poised to consider a handful of applications for oil and gas exploration in Dunsfold/Alfold soon. The Waverley Web asks?
Will Surrey planners be taking into consideration the mounting concerns of Waverley and Surrey’s residents opposed to oil and gas exploration in the middle of the countryside?
And: When will Surrey County Councillors for Guildford and the eastern villages Andrew Povey and Victoria Young have something to say on the issue? Are they being shaken and stirred by recent events?
After all, they both had enough to say about opposing development above-ground at Dunsfold, why not below?