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OGA announces suspension of fraccing at Preston New Road

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The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) has announced that in accordance with its strict controls, hydraulic fracturing operations at the Preston New Road site, Lancashire, UK, are suspended following the recent seismic activity in the area, including a 2.9ML event at 08:30am on 26 August, which was felt by people in the area.
Operations will remain suspended while the OGA gathers data from this and other recent seismic events and then considers carefully whether or not the hydraulic fracturing operations, mitigations and assumptions set out in the operator’s Hydraulic Fracture Plan continue to be appropriate to manage the risk of induced seismicity at the Preston New Road site.

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