Energy company Cuadrilla has apologised to residents in Lancashire over a series of earthquakes that has seen fracking suspended at its Lancashire site.

Seismic activity measuring 2.9ML on the Richter scale was detected at the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road on Monday.

The event lasted for between two and three seconds and was felt by many in the locality.

“We are sorry for any concern this has caused. We are in the process of visiting local people who have raised concerns about minor damage to their property and will repair any damage that is assessed to have been caused by the seismic events.” says the Company.

Hydraulic fracturing remains suspended at the site and Cuadrilla’s technical team continues to work with the regulator to address a number of questions raised following the recent seismic events.

”We don’t have a date for operations to restart but it won’t be until both the regulator and ourselves are confident that the technical questions have been satisfactorily answered and the risk of a repeat occurrence has been properly mitigated.  We continue to monitor the wells each and every day and there is no change to well integrity.”


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