16 Apr '12, 11pm

Shale gas and #fracking report published today,

DECC will today publish an independent expert report recommending measures to mitigate the risks of seismic tremors from hydraulic fracturing - and is inviting public comment on its recommendations. An effective monitoring system and a traffic light control regime are among measures recommended by the report, which has reviewed a series of studies commissioned by Cuadrilla, and confirms that minor earthquakes detected in the area of the company’s Preese Hall operations near Blackpool in April and May last year were caused by fracking. DECC’s Chief Scientific Advisor David MacKay said: “If shale gas is to be part of the UK’s energy mix we need to have a good understanding of its potential environmental impacts and what can be done to mitigate those impacts. “This comprehensive independent expert review of Cuadrilla’s evidence suggests a set of robust measures to make sure f...

Full article: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_047/pn12_...

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