Scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the US, with the evidence coming in from one study after another.
For Immediate Release
23 April 2015
Planners agree more time for shale gas decisions.
Lancashire County Council has agreed with Cuadrilla to extend the time period to make decisions on planning applications for shale gas development at two new sites to 30 June 2015.
The council has received applications from Cuadrilla to drill, frack, and test gas flows, with associated separate applications for environmental monitoring, at two sites in Lancashire – Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.
The extension follows a request by Cuadrilla to consider additional information about the applications. Cuadrilla’s request resulted in the deferral of a meeting of the Development Control Committee in January 2015 at which councillors had been due to make a decision on each application.
The council has subsequently consulted upon the new information provided by Cuadrilla and planning officers must now review the feedback from the consultation period, and the details supplied by Cuadrilla, before preparing reports for a further meeting of the committee.
Consultation on the further information relating to both sites took place from Friday 20 March to Friday 17 April to allow representations to be made. It had previously been agreed that both applications would be decided by 30 April 2015.
The council will announce dates for the applications to be determined by the Development Control Committee in due course.
Notes for Editors: Note to editors: You can see more information on shale gas developments in Lancashire here http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/planning/major-planning-applications/shale-gas-developments-in-lancashire.aspx
For further information please contact: Mike Warren on 01772 533537
At last a Tory with an honest stance against Fracking .
There is hope yet.
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Although today is officially the final day for members of the public to ‘have their say’ in Lancashire County Council’s (LCC) consultation on two controversial fracking applications, County yesterday confirmed that, as they have not yet set a date for the hearings, they will continue to accept submissions from the public for “at least another two weeks”, which would take us to Friday 1 May.
There is no question that California’s water system is in crisis. With water levels at their lowest point in decades, there are increasing concerns that our state’s water supply and delivery system may not be able to meet growing needs.1 California’s current drought has greatly increased water competition in areas with oil and gas wells, 96% of which are located in areas experiencing severe water shortages.2
Given the significance of securing California’s water supply, it is important to understand the potential consequences of fracking and other forms of unconventional oil development on California’s water supply including availability and price of water, the potential for water contamination, and the billions of barrels of contaminated water that are produced as a byproduct of the fracking process.
Health professionals call for an immediate moratorium on fracking due to serious risks to public health:
Paul Mobbs 31st March 2015
Medact, the organization of health professionals for a safer, fairer and better world, has called for a five year moratorium on fracking due to its serious hazards to public health, writes Paul Mobbs. Their new report is a powerful challenge to government policy that cannot be ignored.
The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming. There are clear grounds for adopting the precautionary principle and prohibiting fracking.
Medact, the UK-based public health group concerned with the social and ecological determinants of health, have published their long-awaited report on the impacts of fracking upon public health. First announced last year, following Public Health England’s questionable report into the impacts of shale gas, Medact’s review considers a number of existing reviews of the evidence of ‘fracking’ on public health. Given the likely public health consequences of climate change, it also examines claim that shale gas might aid the transition towards a low carbon energy system. The conclusion of the report, which is likely to beget further vitriol from the UK’s pro-fracking lobby, is clear: “On the basis of our existing knowledge, it would be both prudent and responsible to call for, at the very least, a five year moratorium on all activities related to shale gas development … ”