Drop support for fracking to protect climate, urge academics

 

Twenty-nine academics have called on governments and scientists to withdraw their support for fracking because of its climate change impacts. Writing to this morning’s Times newspaper, they say climate change is already causing extreme weather events and driving accelerated melting of ice sheets and glaciers.

The letter says a major cause is burning fossil fuels and rising methane emissions from fossil fuel extraction, particularly fracking. This coincides with what the signatories say is a “new era of cheap, clean renewable energy and storage”.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR SOUTHPORT REPORTER

Letter To the Editor:- “Fracking firms Cuadrilla and Ineos”

“HOW dare Fracking firms Cuadrilla and Ineos demand a change to the regulations they helped to develop and boasted about to gain planning permissions? In 2011 Cuadrilla operated free from proper controls and look what happened. They were forced to halt following the public outcry about the tremors they created because it was obvious they could not be trusted. The “safeguards” are thin enough (and constantly eroded by Cuadrilla once planning permission was granted at Preston New Road near Blackpool in 2018). To allow the companies to call time on the Traffic Light System which monitors the impact of fracking after a matter of weeks would be wholly irresponsible. Fylde residents and others around the country know that the claims the companies made about what fracking would be like in reality were fake : tremors came thick and fast and the red warning light (a rare occurrence residents were told) proved not that rare at all!! They cannot meet the standards they once commended and want to see them altered. This is not just moving the goalposts, but dismantling them! Since 2014 Cuadrilla has harassed fracking opponents with allegations of fear mongering. When experience shows (again) that fracking is incompatible with England’s geology (so different to the American shale beds) and population density (so different to America and Australia) they really can’t demand a new bar to be set, preferably one a snake could wriggle over!” Rowland Taylor, Lytham St Annes.

UK fracking friends and foes find common cause

For opponents of fracking in the UK, last week should have been a moment of celebration. James Brokenshire, secretary for housing, communities and local government, rejected an application by shale gas explorer Cuadrilla to carry out work at a second site in Lancashire. But anti-fracking groups have joined supporters of fracking in accusing the government of sending “mixed signals” as the future of the fledgling industry hangs in the balance.

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Cuadrilla applies to increase chemicals to ease fracking

Cuadrilla have applied to allow the addition of further chemicals, more silica and an incinerator to burn waste. Not only would this further industrialise the rural landscape and cause associated pollution, but it would also make a mockery of the original planning application, consultation and subsequent public inquiry. This is full scale hydraulic fracturing by parts – adding smaller but significant changes to the permit that will culminate in a large scale operation. This is just one fracking pad. Cuadrilla NEED hundreds of pads in the area to make it a viable business model”.

The deadline for the consultation is March 20th and we need as many people as possible to submit comments. A link to the Cuadrilla consultation is included here.

BREAKING NEWS ROSEACRE WOOD APPEAL REFUSED

The government has finally listened. Today it rejected fossil fuel company Cuadrilla’s application for another fracking site at Roseacre Wood.   

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A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said:

“We are naturally disappointed about the decision on Roseacre Wood and will examine the details in full before reaching a position.

“However, we continue to be focused on the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road, where we have recently released very encouraging flow test results from the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well.

“Cuadrilla and its investors remain committed to this opportunity and the overall prize for the UK, which includes energy security, jobs and revenue for the country.

“These are all well within our grasp at Preston New Road and we seek to further prove this concept in the weeks and months to come.”

RAG Comment:

 “We are absolutely delighted that at last the government is listening to communities and recognises the inherent unsuitability of Roseacre Wood and the surrounding roads for heavy traffic.

“This application was rejected at every level by over 90% of local residents, seven town and parish councils, twice by Fylde Borough and Lancashire County councils, by the original Planning Inspector and even two local conservative MPs!”

“This has caused considerable stress and anxiety, residents have shown great determination and resilience in trying to protect their communities. “At last our community can relax.” 

“Over 13,000 people objected to the original plans. Our community has spent five years, thousands of hours and tens of thousands of pounds, producing evidence supporting Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission.

We are still very concerned about this government’s intention to push fracking on unwilling communities and we will do whatever we can to support other communities faced with this threat.

We sincerely hope that Cuadrilla will respect the decision of the second Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State and will not attempt to challenge this decision. If the company does, it will meet fierce and sustained opposition.

“Fracking is not wanted and not needed. It is neither safe nor sustainable. There is no social license and communities will not be bought.”

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Fear of fracking-related earthquakes ‘soars’.

As the debate on fracking reaches seismic proportions — with the industry this week laying on a desperate, last-ditch attempt to force the government to relax “unworkable” seismicity regulations that it itself helped create — the public needs reassurance that the government is listening to voices beyond those from the shale gas industry when it comes to its own plans.

Fracking has been vehemently opposed by local communities since drilling began in England back in 2011. And unsurprisingly, a combination of earthquakes, inconsistencies and contradictions around “energy security”, and increasing evidence and warnings from leading scientists about climate change have failed to rally support for the carbon-emitting fossil fuel industry. Almost three times as many people now oppose fracking than the number that support it,…

 

Concern about fracking is growing, with the latest government figures showing that over a third of people now oppose the controversial practice.  Meanwhile public support for the gas extraction technique has dropped to some of the lowest levels ever recorded.

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Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis?

The fracked gas industry’s long borrowing binge may finally be hitting a hard reality: paying back investors.

Enabled by rising debt, shale companies have been achieving record fracked oil and gas production, while promising investors a big future payoff. But over a decade into the “fracking miracle,” investors are showing signs they’re worried that payoff will never come — and as a result, loans are drying up.

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