https://www.theage.com.au/business/fracking-caused-quakes-20120417-1x5kp.html "Fracking 'caused quakes' Despite the findings of the British report, Cuadrilla Resources is likely to be given the green light to resume the practice provided it meets a set of stringent recommendations. Photo: Dean Kozanic A BRITISH government report has bolstered claims that an Australian-linked company caused earthquakes in Britain through its use of controversial fracking technology. The report, by the British Department of Energy and Climate Change, found hydraulic fracturing caused 50 seismic events reported near Blackpool in April and May last year. The findings reinforce an initial scientific review last year and come after US authorities last week reported a trend for increased seismic activity in areas where fracking was used. But despite the findings of the British report, Cuadrilla Resources - which is 41 per cent owned by Australian driller AJ Lucas - is likely to be given the green light to resume the practice provided it meets a set of stringent recommendations. The report's authors urged a ''cautious continuation'' of fracking at the site, but disputed the findings of initial reports commissioned by Cuadrilla that the probability of further earthquakes was ''low''. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves pumping high pressure fluids into underground rocks to release natural gas. Cuadrilla chief executive Mark Miller said the company had already begun implementing some of the recommendations. A final decision on the resumption will be made by the British government after a six-week public consultation period, which began yesterday."