Author: Liam Taylor
The UK government has halted all fracking in England with immediate effect following a new report regarding environmental impacts in the local area. The decision follows years of conflict between environmental activists and the fossil fuel industry over the safety of fracking, both in terms of human and ecological impacts.
The new report from the Oil and Gas Authority said it was impossible to rule out “unacceptable” consequences for those living near fracking sites after analysing the UK’s only active fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire. This project was brought to an immediate halt earlier this year after fracking triggered multiple earth tremors exceeding government earthquake limits.
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is an intensive mining process that involves pumping a sluice of water, chemicals and sand underground at high pressure to fracture shale rock and release trapped oil and gas. The process is controversial due to the large amount of natural resources needed to undertake the process and the negative impacts it can have on air, water and soil quality in fracked areas.
“After reviewing the OGA’s report into recent seismic activity at Preston New Road, it is clear that we cannot rule out future unacceptable impacts on the local community,” said Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom in a statement.
“For this reason, I have concluded that we should put a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect.”
With this in mind, the government also stated it would not agree to clear any future fracking projects until “compelling new evidence” is provided of the safety of fracking from both a human and environmental point of view.
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Liam is Planet Ark's Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia.
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