Concerns over vibrations from Lancs seismic testing

Council officials are being urged to monitor surveying for oil and gas which got underway in Sefton and West Lancashire yesterday after residents complained about vibrations.

Tesla has laid explosive charges in fields creating low booms, at times every three minutes. In local villages specialist vehicles, called vibroseis trucks, have created vibrations.


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Chichester talks fracking

Two sides in the fracking debate went head to head at an event in Chichester to discuss the pros and cons of shale gas.

On the pro side was Professor Ernest Rutter, of Manchester University, and Dr Nick Riley, formerly of the British Geological Survey. Opposing fracking were Emeritus Professor at Glasgow University, David Smythe, and writer and campaigner, Julie Wassmer.

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New Research Confirms Fracking Is a Disaster for Human Health.

A study released this week by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that people with asthma who live near active natural gas wells were (1.5 to four times more likely) more likely to experience asthma attacks. This is in addition to previous research linking fracking to other serious health impacts, including low birth weights and skin and respiratory complications.



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Gas statistics  (with thanks to Mr John Powney)

To explain why we do not need shale is quite a large topic. Here are the basics. Start with gas before moving to renewables.

BP Gas statistics for 2014
Britain produced 3500 thousand cubic feet per day (mmscfd)
Britain consumed 6500 mmscfd
Britain imported 1100  mmscfd in the form of LNG
Britain imported 2200 mmscfd through pipelines
79% from Norway
20% from Netherlands
1% from other sources
We also exported home grown Gas
North Sea Gas still has huge reserves (new seismic surveys the size of Britain underway at present)
North Sea Gas is 26p per therm.The landed price (all duties paid) of LNG last year was 37p per therm. European shale average 66p per therm. Imported pipeline gas is cheaper than LNG.
North Sea Gas is only in decline through the tax system.  60-80% production tax. Shale offered at 30%.
Shale could never replace LNG unless you want to tell the public to pay more. The logical solution is to lower offshore taxes and increase production and get the 40,000 unemployed offshore workers to join the 375,000 workers who make sure one of our greatest Industries remains just that.
Doing that would then see a decrease in import and an increase in export.
We have no issues with Gas supplies.
Now renewables.
Current Government Stats
Around 25% renewables
The question is could we produce more, is it cost effective, and could the grid take more.
The answer to all is yes.
Denmark is on track for 50% renewables with much more in the future(mainly wind). The UK has double the wind speed of Denmark so no probs there. Solar is well suited to our climate. Tidal is in its infancy but holds the long term answers.
In the UK onshore wind is the cheapest, gas is next, Offshore wind is the dearest. However DONG Energy (largest wind company in world) have stated they can get Offshore Prices down to match gas prices by 2020. New machines are 8-10 MW, last generation 3MW.
(look up the Hornsea 1 project, Yorkshire Coast, to see numbers and stats. Good You tube Vid on it.
Grid could take 80% (there will always need to be gas back up of a small amount)
Wind is 24 hour predictable and operates an average of 50% of the time. You do need lots of them but at sea or in remote onshore locations.
More renewables means less demand for gas and North Sea needs tax reduction to maximise proven reserves and export more.
Nobodies light’s will be going out any time soon and no, Mr Putin does not have access to a big valve which would plunge the UK into darkness if he shut it.
I worked in construction at Sellafield in the 80s. I worked on the cladding of THORP (thermal oxide reprocessing plant). Still have night tremors thinking about the tape we used to seal joints to stop radiation getting out!
I now work for pepsico at Skelmersdale. We have a 2.5MW wind turbine on site. (unmissable from the M58).
It produced 30% of our electrical needs. We employ 600 people. It saves us money. Wind in Action.
All stats to back this up and lots more finer detail.

Concerns about the decision to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change.


14 July 2016

The Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee expresses his concerns about the decision to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

  • Energy and Climate Change Committee

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP, Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the Department of Energy and Climate Change is to be abolished:

“The Government has announced that it will abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change and transfer its functions to other Government Departments, notably the new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The exact details remain unclear.

My Committee’s reports have recently identified serious concerns about reduced investor confidence in the UK energy sector. An historic agreement at COP21 in Paris last December still requires ratification, and the fifth carbon budget is still yet to be set in law. While Members of my Committee differed in their views on the European Union, the immediate impact of the vote to leave has been to amplify uncertainty at a time when major investment is needed to deliver affordable, clean and secure energy. In this context, I am astonished at the Prime Minister’s decision to abolish DECC.

DECC’s disappearance raises urgent questions. To whom falls the central statutory obligation, contained in the Climate Change Act 2008, to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 80% from their 1990 baseline? Which Department will take responsibility for the energy and climate aspects of negotiations to leave the EU? Who will champion decarbonisation in Cabinet? Who will drive innovation in the energy sector?

Turning to my Committee and the crucial role we play in scrutinising the Government’s energy and climate change policies, we are established under Standing Orders of the House of Commons. There will be no immediate change to our remit, operations or membership, which can only be done by order of the House. I am immensely proud of our work over the last year to hold the Government to account on achieving a balanced energy policy, setting the agenda on an innovative future energy system, and influencing the Government’s long-term approach to climate targets. Over the coming weeks I will speak to colleagues to explore how we can ensure that effective Parliamentary scrutiny on the crucial issues of energy.



Fracking Week in Politics – week ending 8 July 2016

Top stories in this Fracking Week in Politics:

  • Government statements on the Committee on Climate Change report on shale gas
  • Roger Godsiff on  local views and Cuadrilla’s Lancashire appeals
  • Callum McCaig on Freedom of Information and commercial sensitivity
  • Chris Matheson on “back-door” tax breaks for fracking
  • Lord Maude on speeding up exploration licence agreements

Thanks to for the transcripts


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Industry Conference on Fracking and the Environment Denies Journalist Entry

An independent fracking journalist was refused entry to an onshore oil and gas summit focused on planning and the environment held in Manchester this week.

Ruth Hayhurst, a journalist for Drill or Drop was twice denied a press pass by organisers Open Forum Events on the grounds there were none, “though they held out the prospect of a standby press pass (whatever that is)” she wrote.


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