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Published on May 1, 2012
Mike Hill is an independent engineer who lives in St Annes. He is currently advising Fylde Borough Council Task & Finish group on fracking. He has also conducted an 18 month study into regulations regarding onshore gas and oil drilling, particularly hydraulic fracturing. His report addresses the issues covered in today's (17/04/12) report to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on 'Induced Seismic Mitigation'. You can read it here;
Mike also said, "The original study commissioned by Cuadrilla into Induced Seismicity and now this report to the DECC were to cover the tremors (2.3Ml and 1.5Ml) and not anything else. However, it appears that the DECC are very much treating this report and the six week consultation as the 'final' say on fracking in general and what regulations are required to allow for its safe operation. Continuing in that theme portrayed by the DECC then the report from the 3 experts does not go nearly far enough. I would estimate approx 10% of the total that we need to ensure safe fracking in the U.K. and even the report itself does not fully cover the risks of tremors to the well bore. Production zone yes, intermediate and upper areas (where pollution can occur) no. It is woefully inadequate and has missed entirely the recommendations needed to allow for safe fracking and to allow for seen to be safe fracking which is as equally important.