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Fracking could shake the conservative vote | letters

Having been taught seismology by Professor Peter Styles, who developed a traffic light monitoring system in the 1980s that dramatically reduced the impact of coal mining in Swansea on local residents, I think Jacob Rees-Mogg has an understanding. risible science on shale gas extraction ( Conservative MPs angrily defy Rees-Mogg’s fracking revival plan, 22 September). Vibrations from quarries and construction sites are typically not widespread, compared to tremors generated a few kilometers below an area.

The current magnitude limit of 0.5 was set so that tremors do not exceed 2.5, “due to the increased risk of events of greater magnitude,” according to a recent study. British Geological Survey Report. Proposing a higher limit would be unwise, as any anthropogenic tremor greater than 3 could prove destructive, especially for the Conservative vote, if people’s houses start to crumble.

On the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands, many houses They were destroyed by frequent jolts caused by overly-hasty extraction rates.
david nowell
Member of the Geological Society

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