'Yet more earthquakes have hit a fracking site in Lancashire. But instead of holding its hands up, the company responsible is churning out spin faster than you can say ‘frack off!’
Fracking: on shaky ground
Fracking company Cuadrilla has been courting controversy for quite a while now. It’s been the subject of countless demos, political criticism and campaigns. But at the centre of the row is the site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
In July, the government officially gave Cuadrilla the go-ahead to start extracting shale gas. But the decision drew more protests from locals. Then, a judge jailed three activists (whom another judge promptly freed). But after a court case, bad weather and protests stopped it, Cuadrilla finally began work on 15 October. This led to more protests.
Then the earthquakes began.
As The Canary has been following, the British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded 36 tremors near to Preston New Road between 18 October and 4 November. The strongest of these happened on 29 October, with a magnitude of 1.1. The BGS said it was felt in Blackpool. Cuadrilla stopped work several times, because the magnitude of the tremors breached the government’s traffic light warning system.
Cuadrilla stopped its activities for a while. But no sooner had it started again this week yet more earthquakes began. The site had 11 in two days, as of 12pm on Wednesday 12 December. The strongest one yet happened on 11 December, with a magnitude of 1.5. People felt it in Blackpool.
Needless to say, campaigners and locals were up in arms.'
Read more: A fracking firm’s PR has gone into overdrive after more earthquakes
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