“Doncaster Ground, Foxtrot Romeo Alpha Charlie, Taxi to runway 1A, Hold short of Delta, AWAIT SEISMIC CLEARANCE”.
“Foxtrot Romeo Alpha Charlie, Taxi to runway 1A, Hold short of Delta, AWAIT SEISMIC CLEARANCE”.
Not a great start to a holiday flight out of Doncaster Sheffield/Robin Hood and not a great start to the day for the good people of Misson and surrounding area. Could this really be about to happen to us? We think it might unless action is taken.
Take a look at current events at Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Little Plumpton off Preston New Road on the outskirts of Blackpool (PNR2). In particular at the incident, a tremor of 2.9 ML (Richter scale) the largest fracking induced tremor witnessed in the UK to date that occurred at 08-00 on Monday 26thAugust 2019. The operations have been suspended by the Oil and Gas Authority for the time being.
What might have been a lazy bank holiday start for some, became something of an ordeal, people were woken up rather abruptly, houses shaking, pictures falling off walls. Such was the concern that the flood of enquiries to the British Geological Survey website, Britains “independent” overseer of such events crashed.
Cuadrilla had done it again, having fracked with induced tremors of 2.1 ML two days before they have now exceeded the tremor they created at the first fracked well at near by Preese Hall in 2011 of 2.3 ML. You might recall that the Preese Hall borehole was damaged as a consequence of the tremor and later abandoned. Indeed fracking was abandoned after Preese Hall under a moratorium, only to be resurrected following the adoption of the now infamous Traffic Light System TLS. The TLS imposes a threshold of .5 ML which if exceeded requires a stay of 18 hours for assessment. It is this threshold that Cuadrilla suggest might be lifted to around 3.5 ML.
Interesting reports from the vicinity of the frack site PNR2. It seems that the tremor was witnessed by inhabitants living at Preston (10 miles), Chorley (16 miles), Ansdell (4 miles), St Annes (4 miles), Blackpool Central (4 miles), Kirkham (3 miles), Staining (3 miles). These distances as the crow flies.
What about our own potential fracking site at Misson Springs (the Springs). All indications are that the operator IGas thinks that they have found gas in the Bowland Shale at the Springs. IGas have permission to drill another borehole and horizontal leg. Likely they will apply to frack it.
Let us imagine that the geology of the Springs area is similar to that of PNR2, they are certainly both on the Bowland Shale. That the fracking techniques employed by Cuadrilla at PNR2 are replicated at the Springs. The latter is a reasonable assumption as Cuadrilla are the only outfit who have undertaken high volume fracking in the UK. They are the industry leaders (they often tell us so!) bearing the Gold Standard on behalf of their industry. IGas have had no experience of high volume fracking in UK geology so are likely to follow Cuadrilla’s lead.
Taking an average radius of 4 miles from the reports of tremors around PNR2 and marking up a satellite map view of the Springs with a circle radius 4 miles from the Springs wellpad. The image above begins to make some sense. We can see that Misson village would be well and truly in the firing line as is Austerfield, Westwoodside, Wroot and others. Interestingly the airport buildings and runway at Doncaster are also well and truly in the frame. The runway is as close as Misson village is to the wellpad.
So here we have it. The indications from the Lancashire fracking experiment at PNR2 suggest that a whole host of our villages in North Nottinghamshire might also suffer from induced seismicity if they frack the Springs. That and a rather expensive airport infrastructure, safety of aircraft and passengers and a major contributor to the regions wealth.
Not at all what we want to see in our region and we need to take action, what action?
Lobby your MP to ensure that the Government does not relax the TLS. Lobby NCC so that they are aware of the concerns that people have when they are asked to make a decision that allows fracking at the Springs. Make your views known.
And finally, be prepared if it all goes wrong, allow extra time on the ground if you are travelling from Doncaster Sheffield.
“Doncaster Ground, Foxtrot Romeo Alpha Charlie, Taxi to runway 1A, Hold short of Delta, AWAIT SEISMIC CLEARANCE, EXPECTED TREMOR 3.0ML”.