It would appear that Cuadrilla have not actually submitted their planning application for Roseacre Wood after all. I am not sure why LCC have put up the planning notices (probably an error on their part) but it seems they will do so in about a weeks time. It just gives us a little more time.
Fracking regs tarnished – new report
An immediate moratorium on further unconventional gas and oil exploration and production – including fracking – is essential because regulation of the industry is inadequate, flawed or ineffectively applied and enforced, concludes a new review published today by Friends of the Earth.
The Coalition Government and industry have repeatedly claimed that UK fracking regulation is the world’s toughest and ‘gold standard’. But Friends of the Earth’s analysis identifies serious shortcomings which pose major risks from carbon emissions as well as to the local environment and nearby communities.
Friends of the Earth’s energy campaigner Tony Bosworth said:
“The Government and industry claim that the regulation of fracking in the UK is gold standard, but all that glitters is not gold.
“Where regulation exists, much of it is inadequate, flawed or ineffectively applied and enforced, which means big risks for the local environment and for the health of people living near drilling sites as well as increasing the risks of climate change.
“It’s time to suspend further activity while these risks are fully assessed to see if they can be controlled.” Continue reading A new report by FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
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Cuadrilla have put plans in for Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton. (30.05.2014)
The ‘Planning practice guidance for onshore oil and gas’ July 2013 has been superseded by……
Note in particular the areas that the planning authority can leave to others…
See paras 110 and 112.
May 2nd, 2014
The one thing Osborne loves to tell us, constantly, is that the future of energy production lies in fracking and that he will do everything in his power to maximise shale drilling in Britain, even to the extent of allowing drilling to be carried out on private land without permission. However this oasis of future riches has received rather a knock from the latest information in the US. It has now been reported that the top 15 players in US shale drilling have written off no less than $35bn since the boom started, and that investors are beginning to pull out. It has also become clear from the big shale basins in the US that production rapidly peaks, but then equally rapidly falls away. This has been the experience in all but one of the major shale-gas drilling regions in the US. The boom shows ominous signs a bust before too long. The energy industry’s narrative of plenty in long-term extractable unconventional gas has been proven wrong. Then there is another narrative of plenty, this time denying peak oil and insisting there are growing global supplies of affordable oil far into the future. This is now turning out to be equally flawed. The truth is that capital expenditure on finding new reserves has soared whilst at the same time discoveries by major oil companies has dropped, and is still dropping. In fact crude oil production, which meets some three-quarters of global demand, peaked nearly a decade ago in 2005. And third, there is a growing risk of carbon fuel asset stranding whereby policy-making on climate change, or the possibility of it, causes investors to abandon significant amounts of oil, gas and coal assets underground, unburned. Already some major financial institutions are starting to pull out of carbon-fuel investments. Other institutions are holding their investments in place for the moment, but are pressuring carbon-fuel corporations to rein back capital being expended on efforts to turn resources into reserves. That is bad news for an energy industry needing ever more capital to keep its narratives of carbon fuel plenty on track. Thus the fossil fuel industry likes to speak of the US becoming the new ‘Saudi America’ – a nation self-sufficient in oil and gas that exports to help allies in trouble, like Ukraine. This is a blatant myth: US oil consumption is 18.5m barrels a day, but its production is only 8.9m barrels a day. One wonders what part of that equation they’re going to export any time soon to save Ukraine and others from the clutches of Kremlin-controlled pipelines?
Revealed: Fracking industry bosses at heart of coalition
Cuadrilla applying to frack at two Lancashire sites
An application to carry out fracking on the Fylde coast will be submitted to Lancashire County Council by the end of the month, said energy firm Cuadrilla.
It said it was applying to drill, hydraulically fracture and test gas flow at up to four exploration wells at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.
It said it would also submit an application for its Roseacre Wood site “a few weeks later”.
Campaigners say fracking is harmful to the environment.
‘Gas potential’The energy company said it had produced a detailed environmental impact assessment as part of the application.
The firm said it was applying to install a network of “monitoring stations” within 4km (2.4 miles) of the Preston New Road site.
Cuadrilla’s chief executive Francis Egan said the application could be an “important milestone for Lancashire” in unlocking its shale gas potential.
He has estimated the market value of shale gas reserves in Lancashire at £136bn.
Mr Egan said the firm had undertaken “extensive consultation and engagement” with local people.
‘Wall of opposition’Lancashire County Council said once the application was registered it would reach a decision “within 16 weeks”.
Fracking – or hydraulic fracturing – is a technique in which water and chemicals are pumped into shale rock at high pressure to extract gas.
Lawrence Carter from Greenpeace said Cuadrilla “could not have picked a worse time to push ahead with their drilling plans in Lancashire” and were “bound to hit a wall of opposition”.
“Fracking firms are ploughing ahead despite widespread concerns about the impact of fracking on water supply, air pollution and the industrialisation of our countryside.”
The technique was suspended in the UK in 2011 after fracking of shale gas deposits near Blackpool was linked to two minor earthquakes.
A study by the British Geological Survey placed the epicentre for each quake about 500m away from the Preese Hall-1 well.
A government report published in June 2012 concluded fracking was safe if adequately monitored.
The company said in December no further work would take place at the site near Weeton.
Cuadrilla also confirmed it was pulling out of Becconsall well, near Banks, and said it would not seek to frack at its Anna’s Road site in St Annes
More than 1,000 doctors and other health care professionals are calling on President Obama to take steps to protect Americans from the risks posed by fracking.
On Thursday, Environment America delivered a letter with more than 1,000 signatures from health care professionals that asked Obama to declare certain areas in the U.S. off-limits to fracking and to ensure that fracking is no longer exempt from environmental laws like the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. The letter outlined the dangers fracking poses to health and the environment, including drinking water contamination, carcinogenic air pollution, acute and chronic health effects, and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Given this toll of damage, the prudent and precautionary response would be to stop fracking,” the letter reads. “Instead, the oil and gas industry is seeking to expand fracking at a frenzied pace, even into areas that provide drinking water for millions of Americans.”