Earthquakes and Seismic Activity
With the recent fracking at Preston New Road in Lancashire and the press coverage about the seismic activity it has been causing we’ve added some resources to cover this topic.
Earthquakes around the British Isles in the last 100 days; a database maintained and managed by the British Geological Survey.
There is a system in place which dictates how fracking companies must proceed when they cause seismic activity, this is called the Traffic Light System.
In 2011 there two earthquakes in Lancashire. The Telegraph reported…
In April , a tremor measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale was felt in the Lancashire seaside resort [Blackpool], followed by an event in May that measured 1.5 on the scale.
“It is highly probable that the hydraulic fracturing of Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall-1 well did trigger a number of minor seismic events,” Cuadrilla admitted.
Telegraph, 2nd November 2011
National Significant Infrastructure Project
Although an American study in Pennsylvania this report on the ‘The Social Costs of Fracking‘ makes interesting reading with regard to the effects of fracking outside of the environmental arguments.
Our team at BAF have some great experience writing letters to councils, planners, politicians etc. It is vitally important that as many people as possible write to those in power to make sure they understand the opposition to, and dangers of, fracking. To help you do this we have some template letters available below.
Here are some links to other groups and communities that you may find helpful.
frack-off.org.uk – lots of really useful links to information about fracking
frackfreeunited.org – useful information about fracking and what you can do to help stop it
Mosborough Against Fracking – Facebook group for the Mosborough Area
Eckington Against Fracking – Facebook group for the Eckington Area
Woodsetts Against Fracking – Community group for the Woodsetts area
Frack-Free Ashfield – Facebook group for the Ashfield Area
Whitwell Against Fracking – Facebook group for the Whitwell Area
Frack Free South Yorkshire – Community group covering South Yorkshire
Drill or Drop – Independent journalism on fracking, onshore oil and gas and the reactions to it