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UK NewsUK's only active fracking site near Blackpool records largest ever earth tremor as homeowners complain of windows shaking

14:35  25 august  2019
14:35  25 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

More tremors detected at UK's only fracking site

More tremors detected at UK's only fracking site More tremors detected at UK's only fracking site

The UK ’ s only fracking site has been hit by the largest - ever tremor caused by the practice on British soil. Energy firm Cuadrilla said a 2.23-magnitude tremor was recorded at its facility near Blackpool at 11.01pm on Saturday – the third “micro seismic event” this week. The movement was stronger than

Fracking at UK ’ s only active site halted by largest earth tremor yet recorded . Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth said in 60 days of fracking last year there were 57 tremors in Now, more than ever , we need your help to challenge the rightwing press and hold power to account.

UK's only active fracking site near Blackpool records largest ever earth tremor as homeowners complain of windows shaking © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Environmental campaigners are calling for an immediate ban on fracking after families near Cuadrilla's shale gas site in Lancashire reported their homes shaking from the biggest tremor yet last night.

The 2.1ML (local magnitude) event at 10.01pm on Saturday is the 92nd tremor since fracking began at Preston New Road in Little Plumpton near Blackpool less than a fortnight ago.

The BGS said the tremor had a depth of 1.2 miles and was felt by residents in surrounding areas including Blackpool, Lytham St Annes and the towns and villages of Great Plumpton, Westby, Weeton, Peel and Wesham.

Record-breaking 2.9 earthquake measured at Lancashire fracking site

Record-breaking 2.9 earthquake measured at Lancashire fracking site Record-breaking 2.9 earthquake measured at Lancashire fracking site

The UK ’ s only active fracking site experienced a magnitude 1.05 tremor on Friday night. Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth said that in 60 days of fracking last year there were 57 tremors in Lancashire and that it could not be carried out without triggering earthquakes.

Fracking was temporarily stopped at the Cuadrilla site after Wednesday's tremor . Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth said in 60 days of fracking last year there were 57 The Government has said the extraction of shale gas through fracking could support the UK ' s transition to

Labour’s shadow environment secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has called for fracking to be “banned immediately”, describing it as a “pathway to planetary disaster”.

Protesters have called for the fracking plant in Lancashire to be closed (Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Fracking operations must be halted after any tremor measuring more than 0.5 in magnitude. Cuadrilla said it had informed regulators and the integrity of the well was unaffected. Cuadrilla was not fracking at the time. Tremors that happen after operations have halted are known as trailing events.

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It comes after Cuadrilla halted operations at the site after a tremor measuring 1.05ML at 11.22pm on Friday, followed by a 0.53ML tremor at 5am on Saturday.

Blackpool is hit by fourth earthquake in six days amid fracking row as residents report being woken by their houses shaking

Blackpool is hit by fourth earthquake in six days amid fracking row as residents report being woken by their houses shaking Hundreds of people are believed to have felt the quake near the Preston New Road fracking plant (pictured) in Lancashire at around 8.30am this morning. Early reports from the British Geological Survey suggest it measured 2.9 on the Richter scale, making it the strongest tremor so far. It comes only two days after a 2.1 scale 'micro seismic event' was detected at the Cuadrilla energy site late on Saturday evening, previously the largest tremor ever recorded at the site. Other reports of quakes that were felt by locals include a 1.6 event on Wednesday, and a 1.1 tremor on Friday night.

The tremor came just two days after the largest ever quake in the area. It was recorded at A 1.05-magnitude tremor has hit Britain' s only active fracking site at Preston New Road, Lancashire. (Pictured: Cuadrilla' s Preston New Road plant in Lancashire). A resident complained of a 'sleepless

It comes just two days after the largest ever tremor at the site . A smaller 0.53 magnitude tremor occurred just after 5am on Saturday and also lasted for less than one second, the company added. A Cuadrilla spokesman said on Thursday that most people who live near the Preston New Road facility Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth said in 60 days of fracking last year there were

Work also had to be halted on Wednesday after a 1.55ML tremor - at that point the largest - which Cuadrilla was accused of playing down by likening it to dropping a large bag of shopping on the floor.

Tony Bosworth, a Friends of the Earth campaigner, said: “Last night's earthquake was the biggest on record so far at Preston New Road and close in size to the 2011 earthquake which damaged the well at Cuadrilla's Preese Hall site.

”We don't have to wait for yet more evidence to show that the industry can't frack without triggering earthquakes.

“While this is rightly worrying for residents and is understandably their major concern, the key point in opposing fracking remains that it isn't part of the future if the government wants to avoid climate breakdown. IT's now time for this industry to end and Whitehall needs to instead back renewable energy and energy saving.”

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A spokeswoman for the Preston New Road Action Group, one of the local campaign groups opposed to the fracking operation, said local people reported windows and buildings shaking.

She said: “Several reports of windows and buildings shaking. This terrifying experience is being imposed on our community by an unnecessary and unwanted industry.

"The government should see sense and re-impose the fracking moratorium immediately before any serious injury or damage is done. Enough is enough."

A spokeswoman for Frack Free Lancashire said: "There was no fracking today, and yet, the after-effect it has caused, is a sizeable earthquake with widespread reports of property damage. We are angry and demand an urgent reconsideration of a fracking moratorium.”

'Minor ground movements'

Cuadrilla said the tremor “lasted for around one second and resulted in ground motion less than 1.5mm per second. Hydraulic fracturing was not taking place at the time.

A spokeswoman said: "Minor ground movements of this level are to be expected. Whilst this event has been felt by people on our site and some local households, it is well below anything that can cause harm or damage to anyone or their property.”

On Saturday, i revealed that the UK’s national earthquake monitoring agency has a secret deal with Cuadrilla to erase and destroy confidential documents at the firm’s request.

The non-disclosure agreement between Cuadrilla and the British Geological Survey requires the agency to “erase all of Cuadrilla’s confidential information from BGS computer systems at Cuadrilla’s request.”

The company said: “A confidentiality agreement is fairly standard practice between private and public sector organisations. Cuadrilla is committed to open and transparent operations.”

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