By Peter Lazenby in England:
Monday, August 26, 2019
Lancashire hit by third record-breaking tremor at Britain’s only active fracking site
This morning’s quake was measured as 2.9 on the Richter scale — topping the record 2.1 tremor set on Saturday night
LANCASHIRE has been hit by a third record-breaking earth tremor in less than a week as anger grows over Britain’s only active fracking site.
This morning’s tremor was recorded as 2.9 on the Richter scale — topping the quake recorded near the site late on Saturday night, which registered at 2.1.
The finger of blame is pointed firmly at fracking firm Cuadrilla, which runs a gas extraction site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool. Since work began there more than 90 tremors have been recorded that have breached the statutory limit for such drilling, which is set at 0.5 on the scale.
Operations at the site were compulsorily suspended after Saturday’s tremor pending an investigation by the government’s Oil & Gas Authority.
Today’s tremor, at 8.31am, registered on seismic equipment as far away as Scotland and Wales. Heather Goodwin, who lives at Lytham St Anne’s, near the Cuadrilla site, said: “The walls of my house shook. There was a really deep, guttural roar. For a moment, I really thought my house was going to fall down.
“It only lasted a few seconds but I felt the need to go all round the house and check for damage.
“We’ve been afraid of this happening. How long before there’s real damage done and people injured?”
Residents and environment campaigners have maintained a protest camp near the site for more than two years. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited it last month to show solidarity.
“It is very frightening when you hear a loud bang and things in the house rattle. We should not be being subjected to this level of stress and fear.”
A spokesman for Frack Free Lancashire said: “We are sick of being treated as human guinea pigs.”
Earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing can damage property and endanger lives. Researchers have developed new guidelines for when to slow or halt fracking operations based on local risks: here.