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.
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This is the beginning of the end.
The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back.
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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. 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.
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 … ”
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Energy company Cuadrilla have applied to frack in Lancashire.
Lancashire County Council will be making a decision in April. A massive petition will show them that people in Lancashire are against Cuadrilla’s plans – and any future applications to frack in the county. Can you sign the petition now and tell the council to reject Cuadrilla’s fracking applications?
Use link below to sign petition.
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.”