First ‘Red’ level tremor at UK fracking site put legal pause on operations

Cuadrilla Resources was forced by law to pause operations at its site in Lancashire, England when a tremor with a magnitude of 0.8 took place in the area Friday morning.

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The return of fracking to the U.K. is off to a truly shaky start.

Cuadrilla Resources was forced by law to pause operations at its site in Lancashire, England when a tremor with a magnitude of 0.8 took place in the area Friday morning, The Guardian reported.

The tremor was the 17th to be recorded in the area since fracking began on Oct. 15, but the first to pass the ‘Red’ threshold of 0.5 in the government’s traffic light system, at which point operations must legally stop.

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