I have an app on my phone called Latest Quakes and essentially it does what it says on the tin - it gives real time updates on earthquakes - big and small- around the world. It tells you the exact location, depth, and strength of each earthquake.
To those who are interested in such things - like me - it really is fascinating stuff.
An interesting thing is, for the past few months I have noticed that every day there have been multiple small earthquakes in Oklahoma in the United States.
At this point you are probably wondering what I am rambling on about, and how any of this is relevant to Gainsborough, but just stick with me and I’ll explain why.
Oklahoma is a part of the world not known for its seismic activity, but that has all changed recently and there have been swarms of tremors.
Interestingly, fracking has been taking place in that part of the world in recent years and many have linked the earthquakes to that activity.
To me, as a layman, it seems like more than just a coincidence.
What is happening across the pond obviously throws up concerns about plans to potentially carry out fracking in and around Gainsborough.
For me, there has to be more thorough research done into the pros and cons of this method of extracting gas before it is given the green light on our doorstep.