On the 19th October there was a much publicised seismic event on the Fylde measuring a magnitude of 0.3ML.
The previous day’s micro-seismic events in the area at the end of the horizontal shale gas well currently being fracked by Cuadrilla. measured -0.2, -0.8 and -0.3 magnitude.
What was NOT publicised in ANY of the press, online media or by mainstream NGOs is the very close proximity of these induced earthquakes to Springfields Nuclear Fuels and its associated radioactive landfill at Clifton Marsh.
Radiation Free Lakeland have been doggedly shouting about the insanity of inducing earthquakes close to the UK’s nuclear fuel manufacturing plant for many years now. For many years our concerns have been consistently ignored and swatted away by government, the regulators and even by opinion formers in the main stream NGO green movement (“nuclear is not a priority campaign issue” “we don’t want to muddy the water”). This reluctance to speak out is entirely understandable from leading anti fracking campaigners who have close ties with Springfields in the Fylde area . But to hear this from mainstream NGOs is reprehensible and smacks of cutting off a nose to spite the face.
Trying to raise awareness of this in the face of silence and the brush off is (deliberately) difficult and it makes us sound like the worst whingers ever.
So we will continue to whinge and call out the reprehensible silence over this.
The close proximity of the fracking wells to Springfields and Clifton Marsh is never highlighted by investigative journalists ..so here is an image.
The extent of the fracking wells to Springfields from Roseacre wood is under 2 miles according to Cuadrilla’s own maps. From Preston New Road it is 5.33.
The International Atomic Energy Authority’s 2001 document on ‘Seismic design consideration of nuclear fuel cycle facilities’ says this about Fuel Fabrication Facilities: “Other facilities which are meant for the fabrication of either enriched uranium or plutonium, need a greater level of safety as compared to the natural uranium fabrication facilities. These facilities shall have multiple barriers for the prevention of spread of radioactivity and shall be designed using procedures similar to those given in ASME Code Section VIII. However, their seismic design shall be carried out using the earthquake of the level of Safe Shutdown Earthquake (SSE). These facilities also fall under the category of High Hazard facilities because the spread of powdered fuel in these facilities is quite dangerous for both the public as well as the plant personnel.”
The BBC tell us that they have been told by Cuadrilla that the fracking wells would extend to within 7 miles of the Springfields site and would not affect the site. Someone is fibbing In the end it makes no odds – 7 or 2 miles is still too dangerously close to the Springfields Nuclear Fuel site.
Correspondence with BBC below – shocking also that the Blackpool Tram analogy is being used – it is in no way similar.
From: Jim Clarke-MR
Sent: 16/10/2018 17:39
Subject: RE: Fracking near Springfields nuclear fabrication plant
We’ve asked this question before . The furthest point of the drilling is just under 800m from the well head. Springfield is 7 miles away so wouldn’t be affected.
Also the fracking has to stop if it registers more than 0.5 on the Richter scale. The British Geological Survey told us that this represents a very low level of seismic activity. They said a Blackpool tram would register 3.5 on the scale if you were standing with 100yards of it.
JIM CLARKE, News Editor, BBC Northwest Tonight
To round off here is a very stirring and patriotic account from the 1956 film “Atomic Achievment of what went on at Springfields, and still goes on today but with plans for even higher burn nuclear fuel!
“Britain exports a greater volume of isotopes than any other country in the world. Many of our atomic products go out to the Commonwealth from which comes much of the raw material of atomic power – uranium ore.
Ever since 1948 heavy lorries have been rolling along this quiet north country road to the gates of an ordinary-looking factory at Springfields in Lancashire, and, ever since 1948, that factory has been processing an ever-growing volume of uranium ore to feed our soaring demand for nuclear fuel.
Most of the chemical processes of Springfields are not peculiar to uranium, except that the greatest care has to be taken to protect workers against poisonous particles from the ore. These men are completely protected by the specially-designed respirators which they are wearing.
From the filters and the solutions the ore arrives at the final stage. A chemical furnace behind concrete walls and fireproof doors will create at last the pure metal.
This small igniter is sufficient to start off a fierce blaze within the furnace, reaching a temperature of 1500 degrees centigrade.
The molten mass dulls and cools, time passes and as the doors roll up again and the heavy mould is opened, we see what has been born in the fire of the crucible – the raw material of the Second Industrial Revolution – uranium.
The fact that uranium is a metal and can be worked is put to use in shaping the finished rods which, after being encased in light alloy envelopes, are destined for the magazines of the great plutonium factory on Windscale, on the Cumberland coast. “