THE TIMES: Relax the rules on earthquakes to let fracking expand, say scientists

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Release date: 9/2/2019

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The letter, co-ordinated by Professor Quentin Fisher of Leeds University and Professor Ernest Rutter of the University of Manchester, concludes: “We urge the government to instruct the Oil and Gas Authority to commission an expert review of the present traffic-light system threshold levels without delay.”

The scientists note that when the limit was set in 2012 the government said that it would be subject to review as experience of fracking developed.

Professor Rutter said: “When the traffic-light system was first developed, there was limited UK data available upon which to base it. That has now changed, and there is a wealth of new data available specific to our geology.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/relax-the-rules-on-earthquakes-to-let-fracking-expand-say-scientists-zzzj5mr7v

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TitleRelax the rules on earthquakes to let fracking expand, say scientists
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date9/02/19
DescriptionThe letter, co-ordinated by Professor Quentin Fisher of Leeds University and Professor Ernest Rutter of the University of Manchester, concludes: “We urge the government to instruct the Oil and Gas Authority to commission an expert review of the present traffic-light system threshold levels without delay.”

The scientists note that when the limit was set in 2012 the government said that it would be subject to review as experience of fracking developed.

Professor Rutter said: “When the traffic-light system was first developed, there was limited UK data available upon which to base it. That has now changed, and there is a wealth of new data available specific to our geology.”
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/relax-the-rules-on-earthquakes-to-let-fracking-expand-say-scientists-zzzj5mr7v
PersonsErnest Rutter