Lancashire suffers 17 earthquakes in 9 days following resumption of Cuadrilla Fracking operations

Deeply worrying new measurements recorded by the British Geological Survey (BGS) have revealed that since Cudarilla were given the green light to resume fracking operations at their Preston New Road site on October 15th, Lancashire has since suffered 17 separate earthquakes in just 9 days.

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Since the resumption of fracking operations on October 15th, seismic events have been steadily increasing.

In the vicinity of Cuadrilla’s Lancashire operation, the BGS recorded 3 earthquakes on the 18th October, 1 on the 19th October, 1 on the 20th October, 1 on the 24rd of October, 5 on the 24th October, 3 on the 25th October, and 3 already today.

Following the largest seismic event at 11:36 this morning, Cuadrilla have again been forced to halt operations entirely.

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The BGS analyses seismic data to detect earthquakes across the British Isles, and out of the 20 events recorded since the 15th October, 17 have had an epicentre within a short distance of Cuadrilla’s operationsin Lancashire:

British Geological Survey - Earthquakes in the British Isles Since 18th October 2018 - Fracking

Research conducted by Robin Grayson, and published on the independent anti-fracking website, Drill or Drop, has also located the precise epicentres of many of the recent seismic events in the area, showing just how near to Cuadrilla’s fracking operations they are:

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Lancashire Fracking Eathquake Epicentres
Graphic showing progression of tremors over time. A is the first tremor (18 October) and L the most recent (25 October). Tremors C and E are in almost the same location. Source: Robin Grayson

Many activists have raised concerns in recent days about the fact that the number of seismic events in the area had been steadily increasing, and also that the mainstream media had failed to report them:

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However, since these warnings just a few days ago, the number of seismic events in the area has now soared to 17, with one event being so large that operations have now been suspended entirely.

Earlier this month it was also exposed that the Conservative government wanted to change the law to allow companies such as Cuadrilla to continue fracking even if full-scale earthquakes were detected in the area.

Furthermore, it has been revealed today that the government have been “working hand in glove with the fracking industry to weaken regulations and planning protections“, with Tory Energy Minister Claire Perry being exposed holding a secret meeting with bigwigs from four major fracking firms, Cuadrilla, Ineos, iGas and Third Energy, as well as oil and gas giants such as BP, on May 21st.

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Despite recording a separate meeting with Wind Power executives in the official transparency register on the same day, Perry failed to declare her meeting with the fracking firms.

The minutes from Perry’s secret meeting were finally released under a Freedom of Information request.

Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey, was scathing of the Tories’ actions, stating:

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“You can see why the government has attempted to withhold information about this meeting, as the notes reveal they are working hand in glove with the fracking industry to weaken regulations and planning protections to prop up an industry which the companies themselves acknowledge is commercially difficult.

“Not content with undermining the UK’s own climate change targets, the government seem intent on wrecking the efforts of other countries by exporting the ‘UK model’ of fracking around the world.”

And now, in addition to the Tories’ secret meeting being revealed, there is now clear proof that fracking has caused 17 earthquakes in just 8 days – news that should worry anybody with even the slightest amount of concern for the environment.

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However, given their astonishing actions over fracking, combined with their ridiculous refusal to push forward with renewable alternatives, it’s safe to say the Tories clearly care more about profits than they do about overseeing a potential environmental catastrophe.

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