A Tale Of Two MPs

About the latest fracking earthquakes

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has commented: “1.1, 1.5, 2.1 now 2.9, enough is enough, fracking must be stopped now, indefinitely. Despite Cuadrilla’s own excuses and explanations to downplay the quakes, the ever rising seismic magnitude levels shows that fracking is not acceptable and government need to stop fracking now it before this dramatic rise continues and longer effects and damage is caused.

“This is a perfect example of why I oppose Aurora’s application to frack at a site in Altcar in West Lancashire, and will continue to campaign and fight against fracking”.

About where fracking should be encouraged

Sir Nicholas “Fatty” Soames, the Conservative candidate/MP for Mid Sussex, supports fracking, but not in his constituency, he told voters in April 2015. Speaking at an environmental hustings, organised by Friends of the Earth, Soames said he thought fracking should be carried out in the Trough of Bowland in Lancashire to show that it was safe because it would not trouble people living there.

He said fracking in Sussex would be silly and he would not do it. But Lancashire, he said, was “very under-populated”. To shouts of “No it’s not” from the audience, he said: “Yes it is. I think it would be a very good place to start because the infrastructure is there and it wouldn’t trouble people and they can prove that it would work. But I would not do it in Sussex”. He said the country had a “well-established and extremely effective regulatory framework” for drilling onshore oil and gas wells. Oil had been produced locally for 25 years, completely satisfactorily, he said.

But he described Cuadrilla’s handling of its exploratory oil operation at Balcombe in West Sussex in 2013 as “lamentable”. It was, he said, “absolutely grotesque up there”. Soames tells the tale of how he asked his grandfather, Winston Churchill, “Is it true, grandpapa, that you’re the greatest man in the world?” to which Churchill replied: ‘Yes, now bugger off'”. It’s a pity he didn’t, and hasn’t!

Latest update shows 119 tremors from 15-27 August 2019 induced by fracking at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site. 9 tremors measured more than 0.5ML and 6 tremors were felt. Based on data from BGS.

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