Shale gas ranks among the least sustainable sources of electricity, according to research from a team of Manchester scientists.
Despite being banned by the Scottish government, fracking projects are currently being rolled out in other parts of the UK.
To determine the potential of shale gas extraction in the UK, the Government has stated it is “encouraging safe and environmentally sound exploration”.
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50+ events in February about fracking and onshore oil and gas in the UK including:
- Opening of Examination in Public of North Yorkshire Minerals and Waste Joint Plan;
- Derbyshire County Council sets its view on INEOS shale plans for Marsh Lane;
- INEOS, Fracking and You public meetings about INEOS plans in Yorkshire;
- Divest Barclays 10,000 week;
- Not for Shale awareness march;
- Latest government data on public attitudes to fracking.
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A groundbreaking study published Tuesday in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link, for the first time, between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas and earthquakes.
The report, Hydraulic Fracturing and Seismicity in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, confirms the horizontal drilling technique (which in essence creates an underground mini-earthquake to open up fissures for oil and gas extraction) is responsible for earthquakes, above and beyond what is already canonized in the scientific literature.
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Paul Mobbs has been researching fracking and the political thinking behind it since 2008. If you’re concerned about fracking, this is a must read.
The Mobbs Report
Last week was a cause for some celebration as Cheshire and Rotherham Councils refused fracking applications whilst Greg Clark seemingly put up further barriers to Third Energy’s plans to begin fracking operations at Kirby Misperton. At the same time our own Lancashire County Council, supported by its planning officer, Fylde Borough Council, all the affected Parish Councils and both MP’s, announced that it is to recommend refusal of Cuadrilla’s latest traffic mitigation proposals at the re-opened Public Inquiry on 10th April. We wondered how Mrs. May and her party would react to these setbacks, surely, they couldn’t overturn every refusal as they spread across the country? The answer has not been long coming. This government has no intention of heeding the wishes of the people nor listening to the decisions of their elected representatives. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (and he bears this title without a trace of irony or embarrassment), and his department’s Select Committee will seek ‘Submissions’ as to whether fracking applications should be treated as National Infrastructure under the 2008 Planning Act, thus being decided by him alone and by-passing the tiresome and unnecessary procedure of democracy.
The Groningen area of Holland – just about 220 miles distant from the UK in a straight line or a similar distance as from Preston to London – is not the first place you think of when considering earthquakes. Now think again….
The Dutch Disease