UK Government Bans Hydraulic Fracturing
The UK government has introduced a ban on gas production by the method of fracking in connection with the risk of seismic activity, reads a report the government’s website.
« After the publication of new scientific analysis results, the UK government announced today that fracking will not be applied in the country, » the report said.
Media previously reported of earthquakes at the Preston New Road shale gas field in Lancashire, England. According to the company-owner of the Cuadrilla field, at the time of the earthquake, gas production by the method of fracking was not conducted. Experts were sent to the site to study the situation.
“After examining a report by the Oil and Gas Administration on recent seismic activity at the Preston New Road, it’s clear that we cannot rule out unacceptable impacts on the local community in the future. For this reason, I came to the conclusion that we should introduce a moratorium on fracking in England immediately, « said Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Andrea Leadsom.
It is noted that according to the report of the Oil and Gas Administration, it is currently impossible to accurately predict the likelihood or magnitude of earthquakes associated with exploration and production operations. The ban on fracking can be lifted if new evidence is presented that this method can be used safely.
Over the past few years, hundreds of people have protested against the intention of the local authorities in several regions to begin shale gas production. The initiative of the regional authorities to allow gas production by the method of fracking provoked protests by local residents who are concerned about its impact on the environment and human health.