Cuadrilla Fracks A 2.9 Magnitude Earthquake

A record-breaking 2.9 earthquake was measured this morning at the Cuadrilla Lancashire fracking site

The UK’s only active fracking site has seen its third record-breaking earthquake in under a week this morning, smashing through a limit which made the government ban fracking for two years in 2011.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said this morning that a 2.9 magnitude earthquake was measured close to Blackpool, by Cuadrilla’s site. The company said that it was aware of a “seismic event” at 8.30 am this morning. “We can confirm that no hydraulic fracturing was being carried out at the time and none has been carried out over the weekend. We are investigating alongside regulators. Updated information will be posted here as soon as it is known,” Cuadrilla said on Twitter.

This morning’s quake, measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale, is the third time since last Wednesday that the site has broken its own record. It comes at an inopportune time for Cuadrilla, which only restarted fracking at the site less than two weeks ago.

Current rules state that fracking must stop if sensors measure a tremor of over 0.5 on the Richter scale. The limit has been breached seven times since work restarted, according to BGS data. The Oil and Gas Authority said it had suspended all fracking at the site after the earthquake.

3 thoughts on “Cuadrilla Fracks A 2.9 Magnitude Earthquake”

  1. It really, REALLY has to stop for good. I’m minded of the American fracking expert on TV a few years ago. He doubted whether it would ever happen in England as he reckoned they would have to sink 100,000 wells to make it economic. With that kind of activity, how long would it be before our country shattered into a billion pieces and slid under the waves of the North Atlantic? But there is some good news, that s***y s***e, Francis Egan has been keeping a low profile…

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