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Spain’s fracking bubble bursts

At the beginning of the decade, five companies began eyeing Spain’s underground resources, promising that the US shale boom could be reproduced on the Iberian peninsula. The conservative government of the Popular Party (PP) lent its weight to fracking – or hydraulic fracturing, the technique used to extract gas from underground shale deposits – in order to reduce the country’s near-complete dependence on hydrocarbon imports. But low gas prices and strong social rejection, including from local and regional authorities, have thwarted those plans. Now, all five firms have given up on fracking altogether.




Campaigners claim decision to grant permission for a fracking site was not fair or lawful.

The Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) and campaigner Gayzer Frackman are both seeking to challenge the Government’s decision to approve a planning application for the site in Fylde. The High Court hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Wednesday was told the planning application, by developer Cuadrilla, was refused by Lancashire County Council in 2015 but later granted following an appeal and planning inquiry.




Energy expert sees bleak prospects for UK shale gas industry March 08 2017 10:32 PM

Energy expert sees bleak prospects for UK shale gas industry

March 08 2017 10:32 PM


The prospects for the UK developing a viable shale gas industry are not promising due to a range of hurdles that will prove difficult to negotiate. This is the view of Howard Rogers, chairman, Natural Gas Research Programme and senior research fellow at The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
He sees supplies of gas from Qatar, Norway, Holland and Belgium (through the interconnector) remaining key. With reference to Qatar, he said: “Qatar has a medium-term contract with Centrica but I think that is fairly flexible so if prices are higher elsewhere, some of the gas can be diverted. But given Qatar’s investment into the import facility at South Hook, it is likely to continue to place significant baseload volumes of LNG into the UK for the foreseeable future.”

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“Police trying to provoke protesters at Lancashire fracking site”, say injured councillors

Two councillors who were pushed to the ground during policing of protests outside Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site last week have accused offices of trying to provoke the demonstrators.

Miranda Cox, a member of Kirkham Town Council, and Roger Lloyd, an independent on Fylde Borough Council, both reported increasingly heavy-handed policing at the weekday protests outside the site at Preston New Road near Blackpool.