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THREE EARTH TREMORS RECORDED NEAR FYLDE FRACKING SITE
 

Star date: 19th October 2018

BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RECORDS TREMORS THAT MIGHT TRIGGER EARTHQUAKES

Three earth tremors have been recorded by the British Geological Survey near where Cuadrilla has begun fracking in Fylde..."The problem for Cuadrilla is that if it carries on regardless, bigger earthquakes may well be triggered" says David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at the University of Glasgow.

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Frack Free Lancashire states that it is "deeply concerned" to note that shortly after Cuadrilla commenced fracking again on the Fylde, there has been an almost immediate recurrence of seismic activity recorded by the British Geological Survey.

The tremors recorded yesterday and measuring -0.8, -0.3 and -0.2, were clustered near Penny Farm, west of the fracturing site, and near where Cuadrilla have indicated that its well terminates. There have only been two other quakes in the vicinity of the site since 51 tremors, including two significant quakes, which led to fracking being stopped in the UK for seven years.
 
The three quakes yesterday were stronger than many of the tremors recorded at Preese Hall in 2011, although it is too early to say with any certainty whether this activity is a result of fracking or whether we can expect further stronger quakes.
 
"Recent research by Stanford University shows that these tiny tremors can be indicators of bigger quakes to follow - like canaries in a coal-mine" explains David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics, University of Glasgow "The problem for Cuadrilla is that if it carries on regardless, bigger earthquakes may well be triggered. To quote Cole Porter; 'There may be trouble ahead'. Cuadrilla's only safe option is to cease fracking."
 
A spokesperson from Frack Free Lancashire added: "We will continue to monitor these events closely. Considering the relevant past history with the Fylde Coast's geology and having two significant seismic events which effectively shut down the fracking industry, all eyes are currently on Cuadrilla. These events may be dismissed as being minor and 'can't be felt' but what occurs under the earth is beyond anyone's control."


Update: 6:15pm - A fourth tremor has been recorded today, bigger than the previous three at 0.3



Main photo by Steven Speed

caroline gray wrote
at 17:03:18 on 20 October 2018
i agree with Pete an Jane we need to come together to stop this..an we can ...united we stand divided we fall ..all area of u.k. need to join in ..share on face book ..Twitter etc u can stop the madness
 
Jane wrote
at 10:15:44 on 20 October 2018
Please google "well integrity". Professor Anthony Ingraffea. The well casing is concrete and the pipe has joins. Where there's a join, there's a weak spot. This has already happened.
 
J Gordin wrote
at 07:55:44 on 20 October 2018
We told the government No Fracking and they've carried on regardless, riding roughshod over the public's wishes, probably for their own personal gain. It seems we are no longer living in a democracy. We need rid of this government.
 
white wrote
at 07:55:06 on 20 October 2018
The fracking/anti-fracking debate is not the point of this comment. Without trying to diminish the geological significance of this weeks earth tremors, they were so weak that they could only be detected by seismographs. People would not be aware of them. Many of similar magnitude occur every year in the UK, mostly in the west. The earlier Fylde ‘quakes were 1.5 and 2.2, the strongest of which would have been unlikely to have been felt by people. As an extreme example the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was 7.9, which is over 100,000 time stronger than the Fylde tremors.
 
pete wrote
at 07:54:03 on 20 October 2018
There was an earthquake in Wales last week which was 125 times stronger than the strongest one mentioned in this article. It never made the news because it was so weak and unnoticeable. https://earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/earthquakes/recent_uk_events.html
 
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