England Suspends Fracking After New Study Threatens Powerful Earthquakes

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A report from England’s Oil and Gas Authority has induced the federal government to name for a halt to fracking within the nation on the premise of recent earthquake fears, says the BBC.

The examine stated that it wasn’t potential to foretell the scale of tremors or chance of an earthquake occurring if the nation continues fracking—drilling into the earth to launch fuel produced by shale rock—procedures in Lancashire, England. The shale fuel extraction undertaking on Preston New Road, run by Cuadrilla Resources, has been at a halt since August, when a 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck the world. Government mandates require fracking operations be halted for any tremors measuring above a 0.5 for 18 hours.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, whereas admitting that fracking had “enormous” monetary potential for Britain as a complete, stated that the federal government was “no longer convinced” the method might be finished safely.

“After reviewing the OGA’s report into recent seismic activity at Preston New Road, it is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts on the local community,” she stated in a press release, declaring {that a} moratorium on fracking must be put in place “with immediate effect”.

“Shale fuel presents big potential within the U.Ok., there isn’t any doubt about that.

“There’s additionally little doubt that in our dedication to decarbonise, the continued use of fuel can be essential for the subsequent a number of many years so there isn’t any doubt that extracting extra pure fuel within the U.Ok. could be very engaging,” Leadsom continued. “But we have all the time been clear we are able to solely do this if it may be finished safely and on the recommendation from the Oil and Gas Authority we’re now not satisfied that’s the case.”

England Suspends Fracking After New Study Threatens Powerful Earthquakes
A moratorium has been positioned on fracking in England after a 2.9 tremor occurred throughout drilling procedures. Gareth Fuller/Getty

She added that the English authorities would “take a presumption towards issuing any additional Hydraulic Fracturing Consents,” however didn’t ban drilling outright in England.

The final time the British authorities banned fracking was in 2011, throughout a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition authorities. All fracking has been banned in Scotland since 2013, whereas Wales has a moratorium just like England’s in 2015. There is, in the meantime, a planning presumption towards fracking in Northern Ireland.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has beforehand supported fracking in public, calling it in a Daily Telegraph Op Ed “wonderful information for humanity”. A nationwide audit revealed that England had, up to now spent £32.7 million ($42.three million) supporting varied fracking operations since 2011.

Cuadrilla Resources had been the one firm licensed to commit fracking in England. They make use of 30 full-time employees.

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