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LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) - British firm Cuadrilla Resources has suspended exploration for shale gas -- natural gas trapped in rock formations -- while scientists study whether it caused a small earthquake near a drill site in northwest England.
Work is likely to stop for weeks while experts from Keele University, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) analyse monitoring data from the site at Weeton in Lancashire, around six miles (9.7 km) from Blackpool, the company said.
The extraction of shale gas, also known as fracking or fracing, involves injecting high-pressure water, sand and chemicals into shale rock formations.
Some critics have raised concerns about its impact on the environment. "We take our responsibilities very seriously and that is why we have stopped fracing operations to share information and consult with the relevant authorities and other experts," Mark Miller, CEO of Cuadrilla Resources, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Last week, a British parliamentary committee concluded there was no need to ban shale gas exploration in Britain as there was no direct evidence to suggest it was harmful to the environment.
Originally posted by sinthia
No EQs in UK in may or anytime recently. Perhaps minor earth tremors, but nothing of note. I monitor the news closely, and am fairly local to stoke, and this is the first i've heard.
Originally posted by iWokeUp
reply to post by solargeddon
Just because you dont feel them don't mean they dont happen. I live in the Peak district and we had one a few years back in the early hours of the morning, and yes we felt it.
It was a 5.3, so that is pretty big !!
People in the UK are so asleep it grinds my gears, this planet is very unhappy !!
It made pictures fall of the wall and our bathroom stuff crashed to the floor...its a very strange and scary feeling !
Peak District Earthquake news link