Europe is getting a taste of fracking earthquakes. Of course industry denies any connection just like they do when water is contaminated but here’s what we know:
Where drilling and fracking happens, water is contaminated.
Where drilling and fracking happens, earthquakes follow.
Blackpool earthquake tremors may have been caused by gas drilling
Environment group calls for fracking procedure to be banned after safety concerns over minor earthquakes in Lancashire
A quote from the British Geological Survey is printed in the article:
“Any process that injects pressurised water into rocks at depth will cause the rock to fracture and possibly produce earthquakes.
“It is well known that injection of water or other fluids during the oil extraction and geothermal engineering, such as shale gas, processes can result in earthquake activity.”
Scotland is calling for a fracking ban.
Dr Richard Dixon, said: “Whether the shale gas drilling and the earthquake are linked certainly needs investigated. However, we already know enough about the environmental problems associated with fracking to know that it should be banned in Scotland.”
“Shale gas would be a disaster for the climate and its production could contaminate groundwater. Scotland should follow France’s example and ban it before it even gets going. Scotland should become the home of clean energy not another dirty fossil-fuel. Shale gas projects in Scotland would quickly tarnish our global claim to green credentials.”
I’ve blogged quite a bit about drilling induced earthquakes. You might find the information interesting.