Earth tremor risk of fracking on Lancashire coast 'low'

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Tremors caused by shale gas drilling operations on the Lancashire coast would be too small to cause damage, a seismologist who investigated the minor earthquakes has said.

Stefan Baisch, who has studied the tremors earlier this year, said: "From a seismic risk perspective people shouldn't be alarmed."

A report commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, who have been conducting test drilling in the area, found that the process was a likely source of the tremors.

Protesters against fracking, a gas extraction method which blasts water into rock to release gas, said the report "did not inspire confidence".

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