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Cuadrilla hails quality of gas from its second Lancashire fracking well

Shale gas exploration firm Cuadrilla has said it has finished flow testing the second well drilled at its Preston New Road site. The drilling rig that was at Preston New Road to create the wells. Most equipment used for fracking has now been removed from the site following the Government’s moratorium on future fracking

The Bamber Bridge based firm said the results yielded the highest quality sampled gas so far from the Lancashire Bowland shale.


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“Stop government backing for overseas fracking” – campaign groups

The next UK government must stop supporting overseas fracking operations, a coalition of organisations demanded today.

Earlier this month, the UK government declared a moratorium on fracking in England because of concerns about earth tremors.

But freedom of information requests revealed that the government was also using trade and diplomatic channels and funding from UK Export Finance to help companies, such as BP and Shell, which want to frack in the Vaca Muerta in Argentina, the world’s second largest shale gas reserve.

In 2017, UK Export Finance set up a £1bn export credit support fund for Argentina.

Earlier this year, Mark Menzies, the UK trade envoy to Latin America, had a meeting with the Argentine energy secretary on UK investment in Argentina.  The briefing notes for the meeting said “it is Argentina’s huge shale resources that offer the greatest potential”. They also mentioned agreement “on the scale of opportunities in the energy sector, especially in Vaca Muerta, where only 4% of resources are being exploited”.

Maria Alberdi, of the Argentina Solidarity Campaign, an independent campaign against extractivism in Latin America, said:

“It is hugely hypocritical of the UK government to deem fracking unsafe for their population but happily support fracking in Argentina. Fracking has already had significant impact on the environment, health, and regional economies of communities in north Patagonia. Oil and gas extraction in this region are also infringing indigenous rights. We say no to fracking, and no to UK companies benefiting from extractivism in Argentina”.

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Ban fracking now as Boris Johnson moratorium does not go far enough – Dr Simon Sweeney

THE announcement of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been widely reported as a ban. It is no such thing. A moratorium imposes only a temporary halt, as the Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom made clear.

She insists that shale gas remains a ‘huge opportunity’ for the UK. This seems bizarre as both the economic and environmental case for fracking appears holed below the water line.

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TO FRACK OR NOT TO FRACK!!

The Conservatives have been accused of harbouring ambitions to resurrect the fracking industry if they win the general election.

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A document, a response to a consultation on fracking, was published mere days after the government announced a ban on drilling on November 2. It reads that “future applications [for fracking] will be considered on their own merits,” 

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This is a temporary stop so be vigilant, ready to act if fracking starts again.

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Fracking: how the police response is threatening the right to protest

Our first studyof protests at Barton Moss in Salford, Greater Manchester, identified serious issues with the nature of the police operation, highlighting protesters’ routine experience of police violence.

We have since visited protest sites across England – in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Sussex and Surrey. At these sites, we observed the protests and their policing, and conducted in-depth interviews with protesters. We have just published a national study based on this research.

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Drill down and it’s obvious: the fracking debate was lost long ago

Five years ago this week, George Osborne as chancellor announced a scheme to place tax revenues from shale gas fracking in Lancashire and Cheshire into a ‘sovereign wealth fund for the north of England’. Soon after that, a leaked memo revealed him urging fellow ministers to intervene with planning authorities to fast-track fracking proposals and in particular to help Cuadrilla

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A J Lucas raises funds for PNR frack site – and the prospect of 72 wells drilled from single pad

The Australian mining group is seeking to raise $46.3m in a share offer. The money will be used to fund its contribution to future operations at Preston New Road and to repay a loan from Kerogen.

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This week’s poll: fracking moratorium [THE ENGINEER]

Latest results so far of THE ENGINEER’S Poll.

What are your feelings about the announcement of a moratorium on fracking for shale gas because of concerns over its effect on seismic activity?

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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