Trigger Levels for induced Seismic activity

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

I understand from the parliamentary written question HL10619, partly answered by Lord Henley for BEIS on the 25th October [1], that there are no plans to make procedural changes to the traffic light monitoring system.

However, national media have reported on the potential of raising the trigger level from 0.5 ML: expressed by a minister of BEIS and by the CEO of Cuadrilla:

a) a strong intent has been expressed near daily in the media by the CEO of Cuadrilla, Mr. Francis Egan, since hydraulic fracturing began at PNR1/1z well to raise the current trigger level from 0.5 ML, despite Cuadrilla's own 2011 study classifying 0.8 ML fracking-induced events as 'rare', and the felt 1.5 ML and 2.3 ML as 'exceptional',[2] and;

b) an explicit intent to raise the trigger level from 0.5 ML, mentioned in a letter from the Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to Mr. Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton, where she wrote: "the trigger levels can be adjusted upwards without compromising the effectiveness of the controls”[3].

In order that I and other interested members of the public may have full visibility and transparency regarding discussions surrounding discussion regarding the raising of the trigger level from 0.5 ML in relation to induced seismic activity arising from shale gas exploration and development generally, and specifically in relation to Cuadrilla's PNR1/1z well at LIttle Plumpton in Lancashire, can you please provide me with details of: .

1) any meetings together with any and all minutes and other notes taken as record of the meetings, between BEIS and Cuadrilla, which discuss triggers levels including raising the trigger level from 0.5 ML, and;

2) any emails between BEIS and Cuadrilla, which discuss trigger levels including raising the trigger level from 0.5 ML.

Additionally,

3) Please will you provide a full answer the unanswered part of the parliamentary written question HL10619 - namely "what is the procedure for making such changes" (to the traffic light monitoring system).

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Florence Locke

References
1. https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi...
2. http://energyspeakswv.com/Resources/Docs...
3. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...

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