IGas to start fracking in Salford
IGas will invest £15 million to explore a site near Barton Aerodrome in Irlam over the next few months.
IGas took over Nexen's exploration arm, after Nexen won permission from Salford council in June 2010 to explore for gas in the area.
It was reported in the Manchester Evening News on the 17th January 2013 that the land, which is close to the M62, was given planning permission for the exploration of gas in 2010, but residents close to the site stated that they had not heard about the possibility of fracking being used on their doorstep.
Fracking or hydraulic fracturing involves propagating a fracture in a rock layer, by means of a pressurised fluid, in order to release the substance, in this case gas.
The practice of hydraulic fracturing has come under scrutiny internationally due to concerns about environmental and health safety, and has been suspended or banned in some countries.
In 2011, in the UK, fracking was suspended after it was claimed it had caused two minor earthquake tremors at a site in Blackpool. However at the end of 2012 the government announced that fracking could resume leading to IGas pressing ahead with exploration at the Irlam site.
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