Category: Environment

Environmental Dangers

The fat lady is on stage

.. and she is already singing. Today Cuadrilla announced that they are demobilising the fracking equipment at their site at Preston New Road as they will not be able to restart fracking before their existing planning permission runs out at the end of November 2019. Before they can frack again...

#DontMessWithTheTLS

Since Cuadrilla stopped fracking operations at Preston New Road in December due to the seismicity which they appear to have induced there has been a relentless lobbying effort to get the 0.5 Ml (Local Magnitude) seismic Traffic Light System (TLS) limit raised. The industry has a problem here though. Not...

The toys, the pram and the minister

So this week has been quite eventful after the deceptive peace of January, where all we could see happening was a bit of patio gas helping the “flaring” at Preston New Road. The week began with a blustering threat from Ineos to the government in which multi-billionaire man-child, Jim Ratcliffe...

A Question of Seismicity

A local resident puts the Oil and Gas Authority to the question. Will answers be forthcoming? Oil and Gas Authority Cc Mark Menzies MP 4 November 2018 Dear Sir/Madam Following the recorded seismic events near Blackpool in 2011, Cuadrilla commissioned a report into the seismicity of Bowland Shale. In the...

Size does matter Francis!

So Mr Egan is having a tough time right now as he gets wheeled in to studio after studio to explain himself about the seismicity which everyone assumes is caused by his company’s fracking operations. Maybe it’s all a bit tiring for him which may explain the  fact that he...

Can we trust the traffic light system?

Can we trust the traffic light system?

It seems as though the seismic traffic light system is open to rather more interpretation than one might have imagined from what is touted as being the pinnacle of our gold standard regulations for on-shore fracking. Cuadrilla clearly seem to believe that if a seismic event occurs after injection has...

Amber gamblers

Readers of this blog will have see how Cuadrilla have claimed that the traffic light system only applies if a tremor happens while they are pumping – “If we had been pumping at that time it would have indeed been an amber event we would have confirmed it.” Imagine my...