Lancashire UK Earthquake, Caused by Shale Fracking, reports say

By on Oct 18, 2011 in Environment, Europe, Science Comments

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The British Geological Survey (BGS) has stated that the Lancashire earthquakes were most probably caused by shale fracking because of the proximity and location of the earthquakes, as reported by UK News, October 17.

Shale fracking is the drilling under land to extract oil or gas. Reportedly, this is the method used by Cuadrilla Resources. The earthquakes that occurred in April and May were considered minor, ranging from 1.5 to 2.3 magnitudes reports say.

Although the fracking could supply UK’s need for gas or oil for several years, apparently, local residents of Lancashire coastline are concerned about public safety if the earthquakes grow stronger.

Further reports revealed that Cuadrilla and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are meeting to come up with a satisfactory resolution to the problem, as some protesters were requesting that the drilling should stop.

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