Fracking laws on earthquakes could be relaxed to encourage more drilling, the energy minister has suggested.
Homeowners living near Britain’s shale gas sites may have to put up with more powerful earth tremors under plans revealed in a letter by Claire Perry.
The current rules can force frackers to down tools following even a minor quake measuring above 0.5 magnitude on the Richter scale.
A tremor of this intensity would be barely perceptible to most residents, but would register as a ‘red’ on the Government’s fracking safety traffic light.
It’s difficult to say that a tremor of that intensity actually exists.
Anyway, these rules were put in place to kneecap fracking in the first place. Want fracking, relax the rules.