Cuadrilla has pledged to repair any damage that is assessed to have been caused by the tremor that hit its fracking site in Lancashire last week.
A 2.9 magnitude tremor – the largest yet – was recorded at 8.30am on 26th August, following which operations were suspended at its Preston New Road (PNR) site near Blackpool.
In a statement over the weekend, Cuadrilla said it is in the process of visiting local people who have raised concerns about “minor damage” to their property.
Ian Duncan, the UK’s minister for climate change (Letters, 31 August), vaunts our achievements and “ambitions to become one of the cleanest and most innovative energy systems in the world”.
How can he hope to realise his longer-term targets while pursuing fracking as a transitional fuel? Investment in the hugely expensive development of fracking denies proper support to cheaper renewables, and delaying the switch ties the operator and investor into the production of a fossil fuel until a return is achieved.
It was 8.31am on what should have been a quiet Bank Holiday Monday when the earthquake struck. Families in rural Lancashire ran outside as their homes began to shake. “I was in the living room with my wife having breakfast and the whole house shook,” one resident, Ray Mills, told a television crew later that morning. “I mean, it really shook. “We ran outside. My neighbour in her seventies came running out. She was really distressed, saying, ‘Oh my God. What was that?’”
Lancashire residents are demanding to know whether emergency planners have updated the risks from Cuadrilla’s shale gas site following the UK’s strongest fracking-induced earth tremor.
Lawyers wrote to Lancashire County Council yesterday with a series of questions about the risk assessment for the Preston New Road site near Blackpool in the light of the bank holiday tremor measuring 2.9ML.
With Thanks to Claire Stevo
BGS have upgraded this to a 2.9ML earthquake, making it the largest fracking quake in the UK.
Please make sure you report this latest large quake measuring 2.6ML if you felt it – this was widely felt across Blackpool, Fylde and beyond. It is a dangerous situation caused by Cuadrilla and it needs to end now.
We’ve put links in the pinned post on Frack Free Lancashire for reporting.
Please also report to your MP, hopefully this will be Mark Menzies because he needs to show some leadership and responsibility for action here.
Geologists are remarking that monitors have picked up this quake as far as southern Scotland and Wales and is likely the “largest human-induced earthquake this century”.