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Small Frakking Earthquake in Blackpool: Nobody Hurt Looking For Shale Gas

by | 17th, October 2011

WE’VE a report out today about those two earthquakes that happened in Lancashire a few months back. Seems they really could be linked with that drilling for shale gas around Blackpool :

CONTROVERSIAL gas drilling DID cause Fylde coast earthquakes.

And now energy chiefs have sent a stark warning to shale gas company Cuadrilla Resources stop the tremors or we will shut you down.

It comes as the company this week held urgent talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to consider a report into the risk of earthquakes associated with fracking the process used to extract shale gas from deep beneath the Fylde coast.

The meetings followed the British Geological Survey’s (BGS) conclusion two recent earth tremors felt nearby were most likely to have been caused by fracking.

At which point we’ve an interesting choice to make. There’s lots of gas down there. Lots ‘n’lots of it, enough to power the country for decades. Power the country far more cheaply than building yet more bloody windmills and trying to use solar power in a country famed for rain and cloud cover.

So, frakking is needed to get the gas. Frakking causes earthquakes. Do we go for the gas and put up with the earthquakes or ban the frakking because of the earthquakes and shiver in the dark without the gas?

One answer is that this is Lancashire so who gives a damn? Drill Baby, Drill. Harsh but fair I think.

But actually, there’s more to it than just this.

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