Number of Hydrofrac Earthquakes in Lancashire recorded since 01/01/2017

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Dear British Geological Survey,

Please confirm the total number of onshore 'Hydrofrac' Earthquakes you have registered in Lancashire since Cuadrilla commenced work on their test fracking programme at Little Westby, near Blackpool in January, 2017?

Please also confirm the total number of onshore earthquakes registered in Lancashire during 2011, the year Cuadrilla first carried out onshore test fracking at Preese Hall at Weeton?

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,

peter k. roberts.

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Dear Mr Roberts

 

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Initial acknowledgement received.

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Dear Mr Roberts

 

Our ref: IDA 273839

 

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.  Because it concerns environmental information we have considered it
under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  The
answers to your questions are as follows:

 

Please confirm the total number of onshore 'Hydrofrac' Earthquakes you
have registered in Lancashire since Cuadrilla commenced work on their test
fracking programme at Little Westby, near Blackpool in January, 2017?

 

BGS have no records of hydraulic fracturing being carried out in 2017.

BGS detected 57 seismic events that were linked to hydraulic fracturing
operations in the PNR-1z well in 2018.

BGS detected 125 seismic events that were linked to hydraulic fracturing
operations in the PNR-2 well in 2019.

 

Please also confirm the total number of onshore earthquakes registered in
Lancashire during 2011, the year Cuadrilla first carried out onshore test
fracking at Preese Hall at Weeton?

 

BGS detected 58 seismic events that were linked to hydraulic fracturing
operations at Preese Hall in 2011.  There were no other earthquakes
onshore in Lancashire in 2011 apart from those associated with these
operations.

 

I hope this fully answers your questions.  If you feel we have failed to
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Regards

 

Rachel

 

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peter k. roberts

Dear enquiries,

Many thanks for your time and information.

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

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peter k. roberts

Dear British Geological Survey,

Many thanks for your response and explanations.

May I ask a further question relating to the 2020 Bank Holiday Weekend Hydrofrac Earthquakes namely, how many homes in Lancashire were reported to you over the following weeks as having sustained damage as a result of these seismic events and where were these properties located?

Yours faithfully,

peter k. roberts.

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peter k. roberts left an annotation ()

I've asked for follow up information so there's no problem if the initial deadline isn't met. I've always found the BGS most efficient and accommodating.

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Dear Mr Roberts

Our ref: IDA 274284

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Dear Mr Roberts

Further to your enquiry below, I have a response in draft but I have realised late in the day that your request refers to the '2020 Bank Holiday Weekend Hydrofrac Earthquakes'. At the mention of the bank holiday event I admit that I assumed that you meant the August bank holiday in 2019, in particular since there has been no fracking in 2020. I felt I ought to clarify this detail with you before sending the reply. Please can you confirm that you refer to the 2019 August bank holiday event? If not, perhaps you could provide more details so that I can identify the event you refer to. The 20 working day clock will stop and will resume when I receive your reply.

Regards
Rachel

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peter k. roberts

Dear enquiries,

Attention Rachel Cartwright.

Many thanks for your response to my stupid question!

Obviously I should have referred to the '2019 August Bank Holiday Monday Hydrofrac Earthquakes'.

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

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Dear Mr Roberts

Our ref: IDA 274284

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Since your enquiry concerns environmental information we have considered it under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

You asked for the number of homes in Lancashire reported to us over the weeks following the '2020 Bank Holiday Weekend Hydrofrac Earthquakes' as having sustained damage as a result of these seismic events and also where they are located. We clarified in a subsequent email that you intended this to be the '2019 bank holiday weekend'. Please find attached a spreadsheet containing the details of all of the reports for this event where damage was reported. There are 208.

The postcode field, that gives an indication of location, has been truncated to the first part of the postcode only. This is because the full postcode could, under some circumstances, identify individuals and therefore be considered personal information which is exempt under Regulation 12(3) and Regulation 13 of the Environmental Information Regulations. Regulation 12(3) provides that third party personal data can only be disclosed in accordance with Regulation 13. Specifically regulation 13(1) provides an exception for information which is the personal data of an individual other than the applicant and where one of the conditions listed in regulations 13(2) or 13(3) is satisfied. One of the conditions, listed in regulation 13(2)(a)(i) is where disclosure to any member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles as set out in the Data Protection Act. We believe that releasing the full postcode would breach the first data protection principle of lawfulness, fairness and transparency.

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Regards

Rachel

Rachel Cartwright MSc MCLIP
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British Geological Survey
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Nottingham
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peter k. roberts

Dear enquiries,

Many thanks for your information.

It however covers 2.3 pages of very tight data which has been pointed out to me as containing some duplication eg.

Example 1.

Page 3. Report lodged on 2019 Aug 27 06.40.11 from FY8
Page 1/2. Report lodged on 2019 Aug 26 09.02.33 from PR4
Page 1/2. Report lodged on 2019 Aug 26 10.30 44 from FY8.

THERE MAY BE MORE BUT I'VE GOT A HEADACHE NOW.

Anyway please could you double check the report I was provided with and readjust the total number of complaints about property damage caused by Hydraulic Fracturing if required.

Many thanks.

peter k. roberts.

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This request has resulted in responses from the British Geological Survey that have led to a very worthwhile follow up question which they are in the process of replying to.
I am confident that any apparent delay is down to this and I do not have a problem with it.

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Dear Mr Roberts

Thank you for your email and for pointing out the duplicate entries. I have asked our seismologists to check the data and will reply as soon as possible with the correct information. I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Regards
Rachel

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peter k. roberts

Dear enquiries,

Still waiting for the correct data.

Any progress please?

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

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Dear Mr Roberts

 

Our ref: IDA 274284

 

Thank you for your email.  Our seismologists have checked the data once
more and you are correct, the entries had been duplicated. I apologise for
our mistake which occurred because we used data that had been processed
and the processing has caused translational errors in the excel file.  The
seismologists have now returned to the original data and found the answers
to your questions, including not only that which had a 'yes' to the damage
question in the questionnaire (as delivered previously but in duplicate),
but also those entries where people answered 'no' or 'don't know' but they
did record that there were cracks in their property in answers to other
questions.  By this measure there are 197 reports of damage.  The summary
of location information to the detail of the first half of the postcode is
as follows:

 

FY1 13
FY2 1
FY3 18
FY4 38
FY5 3
FY6 10
FY8 71
Not 2
known
PR4 41

 

 

Unfortunately it has not been possible to extract this information in a
deliverable format without corruption of the data occurring and this is
why it has taken us some time to reply.  We are now working with our
digital colleagues to try to fix the problem with the software, but this
is going to take some time to investigate and fix properly and I am aware
you have already had a wait for the answers to your questions.  I am sorry
for the delay in getting the correct information to you. We are reviewing
our processes and improvements will be made from this request.

 

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Regards

 

Rachel

 

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Enquiry Service Manager

British Geological Survey

Keyworth

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peter k. roberts

Dear enquiries,

Many thanks for all your efforts in providing the answers to the matters that were of concern to me.

I am more than happy with the data you have produced and the service you have provided in these troubled times.

Yours sincerely,

peter k. roberts.

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