The Only Fracked Site in the United Kingdom Suffered Structural Failure


The UK’s only hydraulically fractured shale gas well suffered a previously unreported structural failure, emails obtained by VICE News reveal.

The damage to the Preese Hall site in Lancashire, discovered earlier this year, was contained within the well and there is no evidence that it caused methane or fluids to leak into the atmosphere or surrounding rock formation. However, its public disclosure has prompted calls for the UK to rethink its fledgling fracking industry.

Green Party parliamentarian Caroline Lucas renewed calls for the UK to abandon fracking and told VICE News that the revelations “cast serious doubt” on the government’s assurances of its safety.