Green MEP calls for moratorium on drilling in the Weald after latest earthquake report

Green MEP calls for moratorium on drilling in the Weald after latest earthquake report

July 5th, 2018

Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for the South East, is supporting calls for an investigation into the recent and frequent seismic activity in the Weald area of Surrey and Sussex and the drilling operations in the region.

The call comes as the British Geological Survey shares reports of the latest earthquake to hit the Weald in the last few weeks.

The senior Green politician has also called for a moratorium on any drilling activities until the results of any investigation are clear.

Mr Taylor said:

"Details may be scant at the moment, but the seismic activity in an area where unconventional fossil fuel drilling and testing is active is clearly extremely concerning. It is also unprecedented in the Weald in the last half a century. The links between earthquakes and the unconventional onshore oil and gas drilling industry are well established." 

"I wholeheartedly support the calls for the British Geological Survey to further investigate this activity and would add that it is only sensible to put a moratorium on any oil and gas activity in the geological region until the results of the investigation are clear. The case for employing the precautionary principle couldn't be any clearer."

"The oil gas industry must surely agree that any connection between onshore oil and gas drilling in Surrey and Sussex and the recent spate of earthquakes can only be confirmed or dismissed after it has been independently investigated."

Green MEP calls for moratorium on drilling in the Weald after latest earthquake report

Green MEP calls for moratorium on drilling in the Weald after latest earthquake report

July 5th, 2018

Keith Taylor, the Green MEP for the South East, is supporting calls for an investigation into the recent and frequent seismic activity in the Weald area of Surrey and Sussex and the drilling operations in the region.

The call comes as the British Geological Survey shares reports of the latest earthquake to hit the Weald in the last few weeks.

The senior Green politician has also called for a moratorium on any drilling activities until the results of any investigation are clear.

Mr Taylor said:

"Details may be scant at the moment, but the seismic activity in an area where unconventional fossil fuel drilling and testing is active is clearly extremely concerning. It is also unprecedented in the Weald in the last half a century. The links between earthquakes and the unconventional onshore oil and gas drilling industry are well established." 

"I wholeheartedly support the calls for the British Geological Survey to further investigate this activity and would add that it is only sensible to put a moratorium on any oil and gas activity in the geological region until the results of the investigation are clear. The case for employing the precautionary principle couldn't be any clearer."

"The oil gas industry must surely agree that any connection between onshore oil and gas drilling in Surrey and Sussex and the recent spate of earthquakes can only be confirmed or dismissed after it has been independently investigated."

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