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Natural Gas: Exploration

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review the implications of recent seismic tremors near Blackpool for his policy on onshore drilling for unconventional gas.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Following the recent seismic tremors, the Department had discussions with the operator, Cuadrilla, and agreed that a pause in operations is appropriate so that a better understanding can be gained of the cause of the seismic events experienced in Poulton-le-Fylde. A geomechanical study is being undertaken, along with further work by the British Geological Survey and Keele university. The implications of this information will be reviewed before any resumption of hydraulic fracture operations is approved.

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