Scotland confirms no fracking policy


RAG Newsletter – October 2019

In the October Newsletter:  

        After the Earthquakes
        Green Monday
          Altcar Moss
          Can the Environment Agency Properly Regulate Fracking?
         Contaminated Water Tankered to Leeds
         More Fracking?

         Hostile Environment for Fracking
         Quote of the Month




Objections to Aurora’s fracking plan at Altcar

Speaking at a campaign meeting on the Aurora Energy Resources’ application, MP Rosie Cooper told opponents:

“Who is going to look after your interests if it’s not you? It is really important that you are here. “Keep doing what you are doing.”


A plan to drill and frack near important wildlife sites in Sefton and West Lancashire should not be approved, the government’s nature conservation adviser has warned.

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Cuadrilla shareholders eye exit in blow to UK fracking



The future of fracking in Britain was thrown further into doubt last night after it emerged that Cuadrilla Resources shareholders were looking to exit the business.

Cuadrilla’s backers hired the Royal Bank of Canada several months ago to explore strategic options, Bloomberg reported.

Any moves towards a sale are likely to be complicated by the fact that fracking has been suspended pending the outcome of an Oil & Gas Authority investigation after Cuadrilla caused a 2.9 magnitude tremor in Lancashire last month.

Cuadrilla Resources is 48 per cent owned by AJ Lucas, an Australian company controlled by Kerogen, the private equity group. A further 45 per cent is owned by Riverstone Holdings, another private equity group, with the remainder held by Cuadrilla employees. Kerogen and Riverstone had hired RBC, Bloomberg said.

Cuadrilla believes there could be significant gas reserves beneath Lancashire. Extracting it involves fracking: pumping water, sand and chemicals into the ground at high pressure to fracture the rocks.


Kerogen declined to comment and Riverstone could not be reached.


Cuadrilla warned over three more permit breaches at fracking site

Cuadrilla has received an official warning over failing to monitor groundwater properly at its Preston New Road fracking site.

An investigation by the Environment Agency (EA) found that the company had breached three conditions of its environmental permit, including at a time when fracking was underway.

This is the third formal warning reported by the EA in just over a year at Preston New Road.

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