Emissions From Fracking 5 Times Higher Than Reported

Natural gas is not a “bridge fuel to the future.” It is a death sentence for humanity. Think that is too strong? Think again. A new study by the Environmental Defense Fund finds that methane escaping from fracking operations in Pennsylvania “causes the same near term climate pollution as 11 coal fired power plants” and is “five times higher than what oil and gas companies report” to the state. A previous assessment by EDF last November found methane emissions escaping from oil and gas wells in New Mexico are “equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal fired power plants.”

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What’s happening this week? 26 February-4 March 2018

In this week’s listings:

  • First Robin Hood vs Fracking workshops and parade;
  • John Ashton and Jamie Peters speaking at Preston New Road;
  • Opening day of examination in public of North Yorkshire Minerals Plan;
  • Environment Agency drop-in meeting about oil exploration near Leith Hill;
  • Know your rights training;
  • National anti-plastics day rally, march and workshops.

Plus meetings, rallies and gatherings.

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FRACKING NEWS

15 Yorkshire landowners, holding more than 80,000 acres, have publicly supported the National Trust in the legal challenge from INEOS over access for shale gas testing.
They include Nick Howard, of Castle Howard, Sir William Worsley of Hovingham Hall, Sir Richard Storey, of Settrington House and the television presenter, Selina Scott.
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INEOS wins right to challenge the Scottish Government over fracking ban – and to sue for damages
Ineos Challenge

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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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