Cuadrilla vows to address earthquake concerns to lift fracking moratorium

Shale gas company Cuadrilla has said it will not give up on its aim of developing a viable fracking industry in the UK despite the government’s decision to halt the technology last week.

Business secretary Andrea Leadsom announced on Saturday that earthquakes at Preston New Road, the UK’s only active fracking site, led the government to conclude “that we should put a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect”.

The moratorium will only be lifted if “compelling new evidence is provided” that fracking can be carried out safely, the government said. The announcement followed a report published by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) on Friday warning that the magnitude of earthquakes triggered by fracking is impossible to predict.

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