Fracking: drilling method ‘to be extended’ despite causing Blackpool earthquakes

Nick Collins
Telegraph

Two small earthquakes near Blackpool last year were caused by “fracking”, the controversial drilling method used to extract shale gas, an official report has found.

An independent panel commissioned by the government said the controversial method of obtaining natural gas should no longer be permitted unless a strict new system is set up to detect warning tremors in the rock.

The controversial drilling method is now likely to be given the green light with Ministers set to accept the advice that it could be extended with new controls.

But campaigners called for the practice to be banned outright after the report confirmed that an operation by Cuadrilla, an energy company, was responsible for two tremors last spring.

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