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"[Cuadrilla's experts] said there was a very low probability of other earthquakes during future treatments of other wells," said Peter Styles from Keele University. "We agree that [last year's] events are attributable to the existence of an adjacent geological fault that had not been identified. "There might be other comparable faults, (and) we believe it's not possible to categorically reject the possibility of further quakes." Such events might well be felt at the surface but are extremely unlikely to be significant.
"Even with real-time monitoring, there will be a time lag between what we've put into the ground and what we get back out in the form of earthquakes." Operators should also minimise quakes by allowing the fracking liquid to flow back up the well soon after injection, the panel says, rather than keeping the rock under prolonged pressure.