Claire “I’ve never visited a shale gas site” Perry has now taken to handing out ‘Myth-Busting’ flyers to MP’s and correspondents. Surprisingly, for one who is so keen on exhorting us to “Follow the Science,” she ignores all the science and tells lies. Evidently science is a bit complex for her so to help her I’ve corrected all her mistakes. Incidentally Claire, when you preach in your condescending manner, telling us not to be so silly, renewables can never replace gas, why have you ignored the fact that Scottish Power has divested completely from fossil fuel and that 100% of it’s electricity is now generated by wind power?
In the same way that Brexit-ridden Theresa May cannot find a way out of her Chequers plan omnishambles, Francis Egan too seems to find himself facing a similar intractable problem.
The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), the industry regulator, has approved the £200 million project to bring the Vorlich site into production.
Government proposals designed to speed-up fracking decisions are unclear, inappropriate and unjustified, a group of planning experts have said. They told a meeting at Westminster the ideas, which could allow some shale gas sites to avoid the planning system, would undermine local democracy and bypass necessary scrutiny. The proposals could also increase development pressure on the countryside and increase opposition to the industry.
CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
The government want to make it as easy to build a FRACKING site as it is to build a SHED, by putting fracking sites within ‘permitted development’ rules – ie they don’t need to get local planning permission.
Several shale gas wells in production would be seen as success by the government, according to recently released notes of a round-table meeting between the energy minister and the industry. Once the first well was in production, the notes said, the government believed “we will be in a better position”. And according to the notes, ministers intended to streamline regulation for shale gas and create a “UK model” for shale extraction that can be exported around the world.
The most common pro-fracking arguments are “we need to keep the lights on”, or “it’s good for the economy, it will create more jobs”. But fact fracking will not fulfil these promises. The top oil and gas companies in the US shale boom have lost tens of billions of dollars over the past decade.
Regardless of whether you share the views of Loizou, Blevins and Roberts on fracking itself, the ridiculous sentences handed down to them should give us all cause for concern. The right to peacefully protest is one of our most fundamental, and it’s one of the best ways we have as citizens to hold power to account
In this week’s listings:
- Deadline for comments on government consultation on changes to shale gas planning rules;
- Parliamentary meeting on government’s permitted development and NSIP proposals;
- Public meeting on production plans for Horse Hill oil site in Surrey;
- Film screenings;
- Campaign meetings.
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