Who could forget David Cameron hugging huskies in the Arctic and promising to lead the ‘greenest government ever’? The truth is that his government, and now Theresa May’s, have undermined the energy industry and green economy at every turn since those promises were made.
It’s been obvious for decades that depending on conventional power must end. Nuclear generation is no exception. This article in Forbes Magazine – If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive? by Michael Shellenberger – leaves critically important information out in the cold. The most glaring omission is his failure to disclose his advocacy on behalf of nuclear power
In this week’s listings
- Decision meeting on Angus plans at Brockham;
- Edinburgh Skeptics meeting on fracking;
- Plus meetings, gatherings and information events.
A group of senior geologists has called for an immediate moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the area of Surrey affected by 12 earthquakes in the past four months.
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, announced this afternoon it had applied to the government for consent to frack its second horizontal well at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool.
The application, which was expected, comes 10 days after the company was granted fracking consent for the first well by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. That consent was announced on 24 July 2018 on the final day before the parliamentary summer holiday. DrillOrDrop report
The second well, drilled through the Upper Bowland shale at an approximate depth of 2,100m below the surface, extends laterally for some 750 metres. It was completed in mid-JulyRead Full Report
Tory plans to bypass local opposition to fracking are today blasted by the party’s own councillors.
Ministers have launched a consultation on whether non-hydraulic fracturing in shale gas exploration should be treated as “permitted development” – meaning energy firms would not have to apply for planning permission. A poll of 507 Conservative Councillors in areas where fracking companies have a licence to drill for gas found 80% believe planning applications should be required before drilling can start.Read Full Report
Report was with ministers in 2015 but only published three years later, days after a key fracking permit was awarded at PNR
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It’s taken seven years, but hydraulic fracturing is set to be resumed in northern England
The UK government’s decision, announced on 24 July, to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in a shale gas well in England for the first time since 2011 represents a hard-fought victory for the drillers, but doesn’t signal the start of a shale gas rush just yet.
Privately-owned Cuadrilla now has final government consent to frack one of two wells It has already drilled at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, north-west England, and plans to apply for consent to frack the second well soon.