Government opens door to rethink on fracking earthquake limits. As fracking resumes in Lancashire, mixed messages emerge from government as it tones down the pro-shale gas rhetoric but hints at a review of crucial tremor rules.
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Fracking companies may be allowed to cause stronger earth tremors after the government opened the door to a review of seismic limits. Ministers had insisted over the past year that they had “no intention” of reviewing the rules, despite companies claiming they were unworkably low. The business department said yesterday it had abandoned that stance. Although it did not pledge to lift seismic limits, it said it would “consider the conclusions” of a scientific assessment by the Oil and Gas Authority.
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Jamie Peters, a campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Kick-starting an entire new fossil fuel industry when the impacts of climate breakdown are already ruining lives, including right here in the UK, doesn’t line up with the government’s claims to be a climate leader.” The government’s climate watchdog has said that fracking would only be compliant with the UK’s legally binding climate targets of a net zero carbon economy by 2050 if the practice replaced gas that would otherwise have been imported from overseas, and if it kept a lid on “carbon leaks” during production. Rosie Rogers, head of climate at Greenpeace UK, said: “In a climate emergency it’s shocking that the government is wasting any time thinking about fracking. Fracking is our first post-truth industry, where there is no product, no profit and no prospect of either. It’s time the government admitted that they backed the wrong horse and started backing the right one.” Cuadrilla has said it will ask for extra time to drill for shale gas at its Lancashire fracking site at Preston New Road after its licence expires this November. Cuadrilla hopes its drilling work will make the case for the UK’s shale gas ambitions and convince regulators to ease the earth tremor limits.
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