BGS to monitor proposed Yorkshire fracking site

21 August 2015

Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) are helping make sure any fracking - external link that may happen in Yorkshire is monitored to detect environmental impact.

They are leading a project - external link that will collect information on the current state of the environment across the Vale of Pickering, where Third Energy UK Gas has applied for permission to carry out fracking. This will provide a baseline against which we can measure any changes that may happen in the future, should permission for fracking be granted. Unless we know exactly how things stand before fracking starts, it will be impossible to be sure exactly what effect it is having.

The results of the BGS work will be made freely available to the public; they will provide independent evidence of how fracking affects the environment, including its impact on water quality and seismic activity. This will give the authorities the information they need to monitor the activities of the industry appropriately.

The project is funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and will build on the work currently being carried out in Lancashire where a monitoring programme - external link around proposed fracking sites started in early 2015.

Institutions involved in this BGS-led group project include Public Health England (PHE) and the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester and York (National Centre for Atmospheric Science).

Further information

Clive Mitchell
BGS Press Office

Sarah Nice
BGS Press Office