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Fracking halted in England over earthquake fears
Source:CPRJ Editorial Team    Editor:(SC)    Date:05.Nov.2019

The British government recently announced to halt fracking in the country with immediate effect due to the risks of triggering earthquakes.

Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, involves pumping water, chemicals and sand underground at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release trapped oil and gas.

The suspension comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of earthquakes caused by the practice.

At the end of August, fracking was suspended after activity by Cuadrilla Resources - the only company licensed to carry out the process - at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire caused a magnitude 2.9 earthquake, according to BBC.

"After reviewing the report into recent seismic activity at Preston New Road, it is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts on the local community," Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom said.

"For this reason, I have concluded that we should put a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect."

The government said it would not agree to any future fracking “until compelling new evidence is provided” that proves fracking could be safe.

For green groups and campaigners who have fought for almost a decade against the controversial fossil fuel extraction process, the decision has been welcomed.

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