Fracking linked to 1.6 magnitude ‘induced’ quake this week. Swinson squirmed when challenged about donation from director of firm with multiple fracking licences
The British Geological Survey (BGS) this week recorded a fracking-induced tremor measuring 1.6 on the Richter scale – the biggest such earthquake on record. Fracking at the Cuadrilla site in Blackpool was suspended for eighteen hours as a result.
In the past fifty days, the BGS has recorded ninety-two induced quakes – all but one in Blackpool.
LibDem leader Jo Swinson says that she opposes fracking, yet she accepted a donation of £14,0000 from a director of Warwick Energy, a company with multiple fracking licences. In June, she squirmed visibly when challenged about it by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire during a televised debate in the LibDem leadership contest:
Ms Swinson has been the subject of heavy criticism this month for hypocrisy over Brexit and her apparent prioritisation of preventing Jeremy Corbyn entering Downing Street over preventing a no-deal Brexit.
The Tories continue to profiteer from fracking, especially in the north of England. Labour has unequivocally announced that it will ban fracking.
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