Fracking and Earthquakes in England

This article discusses the earthquakes occurring in Great Britain as a result of resumed fracking activities.

Fracking was brought to a halt on Tuesday after seismic activity was detected at a site in Lancashire.

The temporary pause came just over a week after the process began at the Preston New Road site, the first operation to take place in the UK in seven years.

An event measuring 0.4 on the Richter scale was detected, prompting oil and gas company Cuadrilla to call off activity for the day despite being within the limit allowed by UK authorities.

Though the earth tremor was not detectable on the surface, it was the sixth recorded in the area since fracking restarted.

Cuadrilla said it would “adopt extra caution” following the “extremely low level of seismicity” detected at the site, but vowed to start again on Wednesday.

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