Category: Dangers

Can we trust Cuadrilla’s E-Portal?

After last week’s seismic events a lot of attention focussed on Cuadrilla’s e-portal and the decision they took not to show what they call “trailing events” (i.e. events which occur outside of the times they are actually pumping fluid) with a magnitude less than 0.5.  This of course means that...

The Fraxit Dilemma

Francis Egan finds himself in the same bind as Theresa May – whichever way he jumps he may lose In the same way that Brexit-ridden Theresa May cannot find a way out of her Chequers plan omnishambles, Francis Egan too seems to find himself facing a similar intractable problem. After...

On shaky ground?

STOP PRESS – a further quake of 0.3ml (5 times stronger than the strongest one yesterday – a 0.2 ml ) has occurred this afternoon The regulations require fracking to proceed with caution when induced seismicity reaches 0.0-0.5 magnitude (amber) and stop immediately (red) if it reaches 0.5. We are...

Flaky Shaky Frankie

Well Friday wasn’t a good day for Mr Egan and he was looking rather tired as he gave several interviews to TV news channels. I was particularly interested though by the one he gave to Alex Thompson of Channel 4 News.  Mr Egan was visibly rattled by being asked about...

Infinite Regression – Busting the Myth Busting

A Northwest MP wrote to Claire Perry MP in her capacity as Minister for Clean Growth and Energy. In his letter he raised concerns about shale gas extraction on behalf of his constituents. Ms Perry responded with  a letter containing the usual government platitudes. Here is how it concluded: The...

Shaky PR

The news reported today that hydraulic fracturing probably was responsible for the South Korean magnitude 5.5 earthquake last November will have caused a headache or two in the boardrooms at Cuadrilla, Ineos and the other fracking companies. Their mood won’t have been improved by the fact that this comes hot...

Whose fault will it be?

Whose fault will it be?

Fault lines are in the news again with the two recent significant quakes in the UK – Wales 2 weeks ago and Cumbria just this morning. How careful do they need to be about fracking near a fault line? In 2012 the Refine Group published a study which suggested that...

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

How big would your mess of pottage have to be?

Cuadrilla proudly announced today that local residents, when surveyed, had indicated that they wanted the “community benefit” promised by Cuadrilla to go to their own pockets and not to other local causes. Maybe it’s hard to blame them – if you lose 7% (government estimate from the 2014 Shale Gas...