Biggest earth tremor yet since fracking began in Lancashire left residents across a wide area of Fylde shocked and angry on Monday morning.
The latest micro seismic event, rated by the British Geological Survey at 2.9ML following another on Saturday night recorded at 2.1 ML, was felt as far afield as parts of Blackpool, St Annes, Warton, Wesham, Weeton and Wrea Green.
Fracking firm Cuadrilla has confirmed it was not hydraulically fracturing at the time and says it is investigating the cause of the tremor.
Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, has pledged to raise the issue with the environment minister and is to demand a statement on the matter in the house when Parliament resumes after the summer break
Stephen Collier, who lives at Langdale Road at Mereside, Blackpool,. said: “There was a big rumble which went on for about five seconds – the whole house shook.”
Sandra Ball, who lives in Knarebrough Avenue, near Blackpool’s Stanley Park, said: “My house is a good few miles away from the fracking site, but it was shaking – do they want houses actually collapsing before this ridiculous fiasco is stopped?”
Michael Ducker, who lives just off Midgeland Road, Marton, said: “I am extremely worried. I have a newborn baby in the house and I’m scared to leave my fiance and baby and go to work.
“If anything happens to my house or family I will sue the Government and Cuadrilla for every penny I can.
“The Government’s decision (to allow fracking) and Cuadrilla’s actions are literally shaking the foundations of my new build house and who knows what kind of damage it is causing. They need to be stopped now.”
Andy Courtney, from Warton, said: “There was no damage but a significant audible rumble.
“We are about four or five miles from the fracking site in Warton.
“My daughter in Wrea Green also contacted me immediately afterwards to ask if I’d felt that.”
Stephen Lightfoot said: “We live in the Cartmell Road area of St. Annes, and the whole house shook sideways with a loud rumbling noise, all lasting around five seconds or so; but quite frightening nonetheless.”
A resident of Redwood Drive in the Whitehills area of Marton, said: “Our house was shaking and I even felt the footpath move under my feet.
“We only moved in two weeks ago. This is really unsettling and getting a bit ridiculous after that one the other night.”
Mr Marsden said: “It’s very disturbing that this has happened.
“I have had many residents across Blackpool contacting and tweeting me this morning following the tremor.
“The Government has allowed this fracking to commence again and they now need to put a hold on the fracking at Preston New Road to allow an investigation to take place.
“I heard that Cuadrilla were calling the tremor the same as a toddler playing on the floor. I don’t know how many toddlers they think can rattle windows and shake wardrobes from just playing on the floor.
“I will be writing a letter to the new Environment Minister demanding an inquiry into these tremors and when Parliament returns I will be demanding a statement from the Government as well.”
Saturday’s 2.1 ML micro seismic event came after tremors of 1.05 at Preston New Road, Litttle Plumpton on Friday night and another measuring 0.53 on Saturday morning.
Any tremor measuring 0.5 or above means fracking must be temporarily stopped.
Cuadrilla has asked for the safety limits to be increased so it can operate more effectively.
A spokesman for Cuadrilla said: “We’re aware of a seismic event at 8.30am (on Monday).
“We can confirm that no hydraulic fracturing was being carried out at the time and none has been carried out over the weekend.