Fracking to proceed in the UK

Hydraulic fracturing will continue in England under strict conditions according to a Government report released this week.

Hydraulic fracturing will continue in England under strict conditions according to a Government report released this week.

Test fracking by the Cuadrilla company near Blackpool stopped in 2011 when two earthquakes were felt at the surface. The government appointed panel released a report saying although they agree that test fracks did cause the earthquakes and that there will probably be more quakes - they will be too small to do structural damage above ground. It recommends more monitoring. Coal mining has generated thousands of earthquakes down the years; and on the basis of all the data gathered from this, the panel says, fracking is unlikely to produce anything larger than a Magnitude 3. Meanwhile, FF Deputy Eamon O Cuiv is calling on a “comprehensive national strategy on the practice of fracking” as a matter of “urgency” in Ireland.