The first shale gas exploration scheme in Derbyshire has been approved.
For the first time since 2013, a quarterly public attitudes survey for the government has not asked questions on whether people support or oppose fracking. The latest findings, published this morning, cover only whether people were aware of the process. Previously, 18 surveys for the Wave public attitudes tracker had asked whether people supported or opposed fracking for shale gas and by how much. It also asked people why they supported or opposed.
They included a former health minister and a former President of the UK Faculty of Public Health – the leading professional body for public health specialists.
Permit breaches at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site have risen to at least six, online publication of a report has confirmed. The document from the Environment Agency said Cuadrilla breached the rules in the way waste was managed at the site. A warning letter was sent to the company but the Preston New Road community liaison group was not told about the breach.
The first thing to understand is that this is simply a problem of the industry being greedy. The oil producers are drilling too many wells in close proximity to one another, and when they frack the newer wells — known as child wells — those “bash” or “hit” the older wells and cause problems.
The group, led by the fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood and her son Joe Corre, has sent a legal letter to the Local Government Secretary, James Brokenshire. It argues that Mr Brokenshire acted unlawfully over changes to fracking planning policy
An open letter from two doctors has accused the energy minister, Claire Perry, of using Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool to study the impact of toxic chemical emissions on people.
Professor Styles’s evidence raised concerns on the lack of scrutiny within the government upon granting permission for exploratory fracking works to go ahead with so many unresolved issues, putting communities at risk with no accountability to rely on, other than the sketchy self-regulation that is clearly happening.
“To date, it does not appear that any proper industry or government due diligence has taken place with regards to fault lines mapped.”