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Fracking too dangerous in former mining areas

January 14, 2016


Original story from Northwich Guardian.

Keele University professor states that fracking is, “too dangerous” in former mining areas.


It was announced in December that energy giant INEOS has been given a a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL), which grants the licensee exclusivity over an area of land for onshore hydrocarbon exploration, appraisal and extraction.

Cllr Andrew Cooper, from Northwich Town Council, criticised the news in the light of a history of salt mining and subsidence in the mid Cheshire area.

He said he had been to an event at Frodsham two years ago where two professors debated the advantages and disadvantages of fracking.

At the event Cllr Cooper asked Professor Peter Styles, of Keele University and co-author of a government-commissioned report on fracking, about the situation in Northwich.

“He said he had been personally involved in the land stabilisation project under Northwich and he said there’s no way…

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