Cuadrilla faces enforcement action for monitoring breach

Fracking firm Cuadrilla failed to abide by requirements to monitor a range of substances in groundwater, then failed to admit the breach, according to Environment Agency (EA) records.

The discovery was made “following an Environment Agency review of the relevant quarterly groundwater monitoring reports” says a recent update from the regulator.

Readings for acrylamide (thought to be a carcinogen), fluoride, alkalinity and the amounts of the carbon-13 isotope in methane and carbon dioxide were missing for January and February, it notes, with some also absent for March.

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