On 10 January, Cuadrilla’s head engineer Pete Turner gave a chat at the British Geological Society. The event was billed as an opportunity for members of the Petroleum Exploration Society to learn more about Cuadrilla’s fracking operations in Lancanshire. As the event was closed to the public and was sure to be an industry lovefest Frack Off (London) decided to go down and remind them that not everyone is enamoured with fracking.
After passing out loads of of flyers to the public informing them of the dangers associated with fracking, the group unfurled their massive Frack Off banner among chants of “Cuadrilla! Mark Miller! Toxic water spiller!”
This demonstration came a day before Cuadrilla’s disastrous appearance at a town hall meeting in Balcombe where they failed to assuage residents fears about their fracking operation. It also comes a few days before engineers in Ohio confirm that the 4.0 earthquake that occurred on New Years Eve in Youngstown was caused by re-injecting fracking wastewater into underground wells.
Peter Samuels who took part in last Tuesday’s demonstration wonders, “How many more horror stories must we heard from the US before we decide to put a moratorium on this practice until we fully understand the environmental impacts?”