Fracking: Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Fracking was all the rage between 2009 and 2014.                                 The euphoria that enshrined this “new” industry was palpable in the wake of the 2008 credit crunch, as investors clamored for the next economic savior. Hydraulic fracturing was supposed to be it.

Google Trends shows that internet searches for the term “fracking” peaked in August 2013. That’s about eight months after Matt Damon’s environmentally-bent expose of the industry, Promised Land, was released. Take a look at the epic rise in the popularity of fracking…

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Latest wave of fracking licences

Green groups predict ‘hundreds of battles’ as government awards latest wave of fracking licences

Oil and Gas authority confirms 27 development blocks to be offered to companies, while 132 further blocks undergo environmental assessments.

C1JXKR Cuadrilla Resources drilling equipment at Shale Gas Drill Site,  Presse Hall Farm, Singleton, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK
 Cuadrilla Resources drilling equipment at Shale Gas Drill Site, Presse Hall Farm, Singleton, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK     (FAILED)

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Doomsday clock for global market crash strikes one minute to midnight as central banks lose control

China currency devaluation signals endgame leaving equity markets free to collapse under the weight of impossible expectations

When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the public-sector balance sheet and vast money-printing gave the global economy room to heal.

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Shale gas and oil policy statement by DECC and DCLG

The Secretaries of State for Energy and Climate Change and for Communities and Local Government wish to set out the Government’s view that there is a national need to explore and develop our shale gas and oil resources in a safe, sustainable and timely way, and the steps it is taking to support this. This statement should be taken into account in planning decisions and plan-making.

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Views sought on further amendments to permitted development rights for petroleum development and duration of groundwater monitoring boreholes.

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Responding to news that the Government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system, Friends of the Earth planning adviser Naomi Luhde-Thompson said: 
“Bulldozing fracking applications through the planning system, against the wishes of local people and councils, will simply fan the flames of mistrust and opposition.  
“Local authorities have been following the rules. These changes are being made because the Government doesn’t agree with the democratic decisions councils have been making.  
“It’s no wonder fracking’s unpopular when even the frackers admit that it is unlikely to cut energy prices. It also threatens house prices and the environment of local communities and will cause more climate change. 
“Rather than riding roughshod over local democracy to suit the interests of a dirty industry, ministers should champion real solutions to the energy challenges we face, such as boosting the UK’s huge renewable power potential and cutting energy waste.”

Shale drillers capitulating in Europe

When Cuadrilla Resources opened an office in Poland in 2009, it had a reason to be optimistic: the shale boom was transforming the U.S. into the world’s largest producer of natural gas. To the companies rushing to imitate that success in Europe, Poland looked like the next Texas.

Six years later, the U.K. explorer has yet to drill its first Polish well — and that’s in the country that’s most eager to allow hydraulic fracturing in Europe. The so-called super-majors like Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell have packed up and moved on.

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