Sometime in the next day or so The Communities Secretary is going to make a decision whether to overrule Councillors and communities who have said no to fracking in Lancashire. The risk of seismic activity brought on by fracking has been well highlighted. But missing in the risk analysis is the cluster of nuclear installations in the North. Capenhurst in Cheshire enriches uranium, producing highly dangerous uranium Hexaflouride gas. Springfields inbetween Blackpool and Preston then turns this gas into fuel rods, they supply countries worldwide. Once the fuel has been spent in nuclear power plants, it gets loaded onto the railway on its tortuous trip up the dilapidated railroads of the West Coast of Cumbria to Sellafield. At Sellafield the fuel ends up in nitric acids and cooling ponds where it sits for decades. There is “a plan” to dump intermediate and high level wastes in a big hole in the ground in an as yet unspecified place (Cumbria is in the frame). Any one of these stages in the nuclear chain would make the damage from seismic activity far more terrible and longer lasting than from an “ordinary” earthquake. Barrow, also known as Trident Town in Cumbria is the only place in the UK to have ever experienced a liquefaction event from seismic activity…this was over 100 years ago, but the precedent is there. Increasing the risk of seismic activity in a relatively small country which has so many nuclear installations is a total and complete abdication of duty of care to the inhabitants of the U.K and to our neighbouring countries.
letters can still be sent to the Communities Secretary
DEar Communities Secretary,
RAdiation Free Lakeland are a volunteer nuclear safety group based in Cumbria. We add our voice to all those Lancashire Communities and Councils opposing Fracking. Here in Cumbria the new Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) for Sellafield as determined by the Office for Nuclear Regulation has dramatically increased the emergency zone following research on possible seismic activity . As you know Fracking may well trigger seismic events. The release of just 1percent of the radioactivity from Sellafield’s high level liquid wastes would render much of the U.K Uninhabitable and pollute the rest of the world. The U.K. is already too small for the existing nuclear plants and in particular the uniquely vulnerable radioactive wastes at Sellafield.
Please do not approve fracking activity in Lancashire which is just a stones throw from Sellafield in geological and seismic terms.
On behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland