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It is "highly probable" that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found.
But the report, commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, also said the quakes were due to an "unusual combination of geology at the well site".
It said conditions which caused the minor earthquakes were "unlikely to occur again".
Protesters against fracking, a gas extraction method, said the report "did not inspire confidence".
Six protesters from campaign group Frack Off climbed a drilling rig at one of Cuadrilla's test drilling sites in Hesketh Bank, near Southpor
Originally posted by Maxmars
"...unusual combination of geology at the well site".
What does that mean? Combination of what?
I can only suppose that people involved with drilling into the Earth for a living actually confer with geologists before engaging in these activities? I would have expected the local community to have had a say in this (I don't know anything about UK civics).
Fracking is the local remedy for generating revenue from previously unprofitable 'fossil' fuel deposits. So, is there an actuarial table out there that says "we will make so much money that the danger doesn't matter?" Or is this just more of the standard "exploit now... worry later" approach to commerce?