Water quality and resources could be at risk from fracking, says the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency spelt out today what it sees as the risks to water from a shale gas industry.                                                                                In its report The State of the environment: water quality, the organisation included fracking as a potential threat.

The process was considered as a future pressure, alongside nano-particles, plastic pollution, particular chemicals of concern, population growth and climate change.


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Has Anybody Seen Our Goalposts?

It appears that the government is concerned. When Theresa May promised that she would listen to our concerns and allow local issues to be decided by local people, she didn’t mean that we could disagree with her. Theresa meant that we should all cheer from the rooftops saying what a wise, insightful and caring Prime Minister resided in Downing Street. It seems we’re not doing what we’re told and that we are allowing ourselves to be persuaded not by our honest, wise and altruistic politicians but by peripheral nonsense such as scientific fact and evidence.

Our politicians have therefore decided that for our own good they should probably take all decisions regarding fracking out of our hands and leave it to those with a vested interest in the industry who can be trusted not to care about our health, homes, children, environment and way of life. After all, if it’s left up to us, good chaps like those former Carillion directors might not get another high-paying job – they could even find that their bonuses are withheld.

If this sounds far-fetched, click on the button below. I suspect that the Maybot and Savage Javid would find Genghis Khan a trifle left wing for their tastes.

Planning Guidance For Fracking

If You Don’t Like The Answer, Change The Question.

In March 2012 the Department of Energy and Climate Change
launched a tracking survey to understand and monitor public
attitudes to the Department’s main business priorities. On 14 July
2016, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
merged with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
(BIS), to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy (BEIS). As such, the survey is now BEIS’s Energy and
Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker (PAT). This is more commonly known as the ‘Wave’ survey with soundings on attitudes to fracking being taken every 3 months – we are now up to Wave 24. Unfortunately for the government, the unrelenting trend of these surveys shows that the public is increasingly in favour of renewable energy with fracking rapidly becoming  the least popular option. The government’s answer to this quandry? To change the questions in the hope that fracking will appear more popular!! As our politicians keep telling us:  “There Are Lessons To Be Learnt.” On this occasion it would seem that they are relying on Benjamin Disraeli’s observation that “There Are Three Kinds Of Lies. There Are Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics!!”

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Hidden report reveals ministers exaggerated UK fracking boom

A hidden report for Britain’s most senior ministers has revealed that the promise of a UK shale gas boom has been dramatically exaggerated by government and fracking companies.

Government has known for almost two years that the number of wells likely to flow shale gas from fractures deep beneath the earth will be just a fraction of the 4,000 wells quoted publicly by ministers in support of the divisive industry. 

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Carillion links put fracking firm’s scheme in doubt

A controversial plan to start fracking for shale gas in rural North Yorkshire has been thrown into doubt amid mounting concerns over the finances and management of the company behind the scheme.

In a move that has encouraged anti-fracking protestors, energy secretary Greg Clark has ordered the start of drilling at Kirby Misperton to be put on hold pending an investigation into the “financial resilience” of Third Energy.

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Fracking is linked to breast cancer: Chemicals used in high-pressure oil and gas extraction cause uncontrolled cell division.


  • Previous research reveals cancer is caused by uncontrolled cell division
  • This occurs when mice are exposed to chemical levels of those in fracking areas
  • Fracking involves drilling into the earth before inserting a high-pressure mixture
  • Although this releases gas and oil, chemicals can contaminate local water 
  • One in eight women in the US and UK develop breast cancer at some point
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Fracking is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity

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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Drilling diary – February 2018

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.