Keith Taylor, Green MEP and vocal anti-fracking campaigner, responds as the number of earthquakes to hit Lancashire hits 30 in just two weeks, with the process causing an average of more than two earthquakes a day since fracking restarted in October.
The size of the earthquakes has continued to increase as Cuadrilla's pushes ahead with its fracking operations at the Preston New Road site. Among the latest earthquakes was one which struck with a magnitude of 1.1.
Commenting, the senior Green politician said:
"What is there to say apart from 'hate to say we told you so'? Fracking is an environmental and climate disaster. The destructive process is now speaking for itself. No amount of government spin can mask the hugely negative impacts it is already having on a community that rejected it."
"The reality of fracking will do little to win over the majority of Brits who already oppose the government's decision to try and fast-track the process across the country. It is disgraceful that instead of banning fracking the government is looking at acquiescing to the industry's demands to weaken the seismic regulations on the process. Fracking must stop. Not for a day. Not for a week. For good."
"Greens will continue to join those of the frontlines fighting to defend our communities, our environment, and our planet."
Mr Taylor has expressed his support for Frack Free Lancashire's call for a moratorium on fracking in England. But the senior Green Party politician went further and reiterated his party's demands for an "outright ban on the climate destructive process which, as has been proven in Lancashire on more than enough occasions, cannot be done safely."
For more details on the seismicity traffic light system regulating fracking (that the government has indicated it plans to weaken), DrillorDrop has published a detailed explainer.