Cuadrilla halts fracking activity after latest quake

Cuadrilla has to stop fracking for 18 hours after a tremor of 0.5 magnitude. It wants the limit rased to 2

Cuadrilla has to stop fracking for 18 hours after a tremor of 0.5 magnitude. It wants the limit rased to 2

This was the largest of five microseismic events registered near the site in the past six days.

Under the government's "traffic light" system, created to prevent more serious earthquakes, the company has to cease fracking for 18 hours after a tremor of more than 0.5 on the Richter scale, even though tremors below 1.5 magnitude can not be felt at the surface.

"In line with regulations, hydraulic fracturing has paused for 18 hours now, during which seismicity will continue to be closely monitored by ourselves and the relevant regulators".

It followed two seismic movements of 0.8 on Friday and Saturday. "Well integrity has been checked and verified".

There were fresh calls to stop fracking after it was again suspended at Cuadrilla's site in Little Plumpton, following the most powerful quake since work started there just over two weeks ago.

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"This is the latest micro seismic event to be detected by the organisation's highly sophisticated monitoring systems and verified by the British Geological Survey (BGS)", the company said in a statement today.

Cuadrilla expects the work to last for three months before it tests the gas it has collected. "Fracking has got to stop".

Friends of the Earth is putting together a campaign to gather signatures in an attempt to stop the government from fast-tracking fracking applications.

Several Conservative MPs were reported in the Financial Times to be preparing to rebel against any attempt to push through the changes to planning rules.

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