Fracking for shale gas in the UK has, for now, come to a halt with little interest from the government in pursuing the fossil fuel after drilling prompted a national outcry, huge local opposition and regular earthquakes. Drilling by the company Cuadrilla ceased in Lancashire in September 2019, but not before a considerable amount of the powerful greenhouse gas methane leaked into the earth’s atmosphere, a new study suggests. Researchers at Manchester University took measurements at a monitoring station near the Preston New Road drilling site, and used drones to make assessments from the air during the unintended methane leak. The research team said during one week of monitoring in January 2019, the amount of methane leaked was around 4.2 tonnes – the equivalent environmental impact of 142 transatlantic flights.
Independent 5th Nov 2020 read more »