The financial and environmental costs of shale extraction in Europe outweigh any benefits from a decade of energy supply, according to a study from New Energy Watch.
The study, which particularly focuses on Germany as it consider its fracking regulations, claims that the environmental impacts are “in no way proportionate” to the resources available to be extracted through hydraulic fracturing.
Werner Zittel, the author of the study, said that when debating European fracking it makes no sense to compare the situation with the US. He argues that because the areas in Germany and Europe in general are more densely populated, with residents in closer proximity to drilling sites.
Hans-Josef Fell, president of the Energy Watch Group said that “unlike in the United States, which is the only country conducting fracking at a commercially relevant scale, the method cannot achieve a sufficient result from extraction in Europe”.
Fell suggests that Germany lacks the infrastructure to properly exploit its shale reserves and that the costs to support the industry would be too great for an energy source that he believes will only be viable for ten years.
He also expresses concern that fracking poses too great of an environmental risk to be seriously considered: “it is completely incomprehensible that government policy in support of fracking predominates from Brussels to London and all the way to Berlin, at the burden of environmental protection and against the will of the population affected.”
Hubertus Zdebel, a member of the Bundestag says “the only ones who will profit short-term from growth in this kind of natural gas are big energy companies… instead of continuing to intensify gas extraction, we need sustainable solutions for our energy needs.”
The head of an industry-backed study says it is a “big if” as to whether shale gas extraction will take off in Britain.
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Lancashire county council launches consultation on Cuadrilla fracking applications PRESTON NEW ROAD AND ROSEACRE WOOD
I think it is safe to assume that the outcome of the LCC planning meeting in late April will have a massive impact on the future of the shale gas industry in the UK and possibly the election results in May
We know that thousands of people have already spoken out against Cuadrilla’s fracking proposals and Lancashire Council’s Planning Officer recommended that its previous application should have been rejected.
During the period of time since Cuadrilla’s application Scotland and Wales have both suspended fracking because of climate change, and environmental and public health worries.
We must hope that the Lancashire Councillors will continue to stand up for local peoples’ health and environment and not let their county become the UK’s guinea pig for this unnecessary and polluting technology
Please take a look and make your feelings known directly to LCC, the outcome will impact throughout the UK, so it is especially important that we continue to increase the number of representations to an all-time high.
Just in case you have not already had the opportunity to visit the link below please take a look at the Consultation statement detailing the revised submission data issued by Cuadrilla
Consultation is due to take place on extra information submitted to Lancashire County Council as part of planning applications for shale gas development at two sites in the county.
In June 2014 the council received applications from Cuadrilla to drill, frack, and test gas flows, with associated separate applications for environmental monitoring, at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton, and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre.
In January 2015 the Development Control Committee decided to defer determination of the applications after Cuadrilla asked to submit further proposals intended to mitigate concerns raised by planning officers.
Further information on both sites has now been provided by Cuadrilla and Lancashire County Council will carry out consultation from Friday 20 March to Friday 17 April to allow representations to be made.
The further information for the Roseacre Wood site relates to noise, traffic, air emissions and visual impact. The extra information for the Preston New Road site relates to noise, air emissions and visual impact.
The information will be published on the council’s website and made available at libraries in Lytham, St Annes, Ansdell and Kirkham, and at the offices of Fylde Borough Council in Lytham St Annes.
Following the consultation the council’s planners will assess the new information and responses to the consultation before making recommendations to the Development Control Committee.
The following link takes you to the LLC site and the links to each of the new submissions made by Cuadrilla on noise, pollution, traffic etc
Anyone who wishes to make representations should write to the county council at
The Development Management Group, Lancashire County Council, County Hall, PO Box 100, Preston, PR1 0LD,
By email to DevCon@lancashire.gov.uk by Friday 17 April 2015 or via the ‘Have your say’.
All representations that have been received to date will still be taken into account.
Consultation begins today on extra information submitted to Lancashire County Council (LCC) as part of Cuadrilla’s planning applications for shale gas development at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton (Application number LCC/2014/0096), and Roseacre Wood at Roseacre (Application number LCC/2014/0101). You can find the new information on theLCC website here.
How to have your say
Anyone who wishes to make representations should write to the county council at the Development Management Group, Lancashire County Council, County Hall, PO Box 100, Preston, PR1 0LD, by email to DevCon@lancashire.gov.uk by Friday 17 April 2015 or via the ‘Have your say’ section of the LCC website. All representations that have been received to date will still be taken into account.
Advice on the objection process can be found at http://frackfreelancashire.org.uk/. It’s not rocket science.
A planning tussle in Lancashire could succeed where protestors have failed
Hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — may trigger minor earthquakes, and now lawyers are increasingly convinced that shale gas exploration will unleash a tidal wave of litigation in the English courts. Will the law do what hordes of protestors have so far failed to achieve — kill off fracking? Crucial to answering that question is a planning tussle in the north of England. All legal profession eyes in the fracking world are trained on a late-Victorian building in Preston, home of Lancashire County Council. The planning committee there has been making Lichfield-based Cuadrilla leap through a series of hoops as the oil and gas production company bids to kick off the first round of drilling in the UK. Continue reading Legal challenge that could kill off fracking
In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an ambitious and highly consequential study of the risks that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, poses to American drinking water supplies.
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