Contract dispute persists in court.

AJ Lucas released an ASX announcement on Thursday saying its total overdue payments to creditors were $3.895 million. However some subcontractors have privately expressed the view that figure is likely to be larger.(Observer, Gladstone  Australia)

The dispute between Lucas and GAWB has left several small subcontractors in turmoil, most of them truck drivers and earthmovers.

One significant Gladstone-based civil works company, which was owed millions of dollars by Lucas, has been forced into liquidation.



Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger


Anthony Ingraffea argues that fugitive methane emissions turn natural gas from a climate benefit into yet another strike against fossil fuels.

—By Chris Mooney

| Fri Aug. 15, 2014 6:00 AM EDT



A Marcellus Shale gas drilling pad in Pennsylvania, with all the standard accompanying industrial hardware. Doug Duncan/US Geological Survey

On the political right, it’s pretty popular these days to claim that the left exaggerates scientific worries about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” In a recentNational Review article, for instance, a Hoover Institution researcher complains that 53 percent of Democrats in California support a fracking ban “despite the existence of little if any credible scientific evidence of fracking’s feared harms and overwhelming scientific evidence of its environmental benefits, including substantial reductions in both local and global pollutants.”

Three or four years ago, a statement like that may have seemed defensible. The chief environmental concern about fracking at that time involved the contamination of drinking water through the fracking process—blasting water, sand, and chemicals underground in vast quantities and at extreme pressures to force open shale layers deep beneath the Earth, and release natural gas. But the science was still pretty ambiguous, and a great deal turned on how “fracking” was defined. The entire mega-process of “unconventional” gas drilling had clearly caused instances of groundwater contamination, due to spills and leaks from improperly cased wells. But technically, “fracking” only refers to the water and chemical blast, not the drilling, the disposal of waste, or the huge industrial operations that accompany it all.

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‘Yes we can’ switch to 100 percent renewable energy
European Union environment ministers are discussing implementation of the Paris Agreement on Friday (04.03.) A timely transition out of fossil fuels is doable, says Alexander Ochs from Worldwatch. That is, if we act now.
Protest at Eiffel Tower at COP21 in Paris (Photo: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
Can we switch from fossil fuels to renewables in time to keep temperature rise to 2, ideally 1.5 degrees Celsius?
Not only can we do a transition to truly sustainable systems – financially, economically, socially and environmentally sustainable – we are in the midst of it. There is no one global trend in that direction, but there are many places, municipalities, provinces, whole countries, regions that are transitioning away from fossil fuels toward renewable ways of producing energy, and smarter ways of consuming energy. So it is absolutely doable.

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Drill or Drop’s links to the Public Enquiry

Links to each day of the inquiry at Blackpool Football Club into Cuadrilla’s fracking plans for the Fylde area of Lancashire.

With grateful thanks to Ruth at Drill or Drop.
































Reflections on Cuadrilla’s fracking inquiry

Cuadrilla fracking inquiry: what happens now?



DECC’s Latest Survey

Decc are currently carrying out a survey in our area.

Only to be completed by people who have very little knowledge and no opinions on Fracking. They are being invited to participate in workshops and will be paid £180.

This is our MP’s answer to our question regarding this survey.

Thank you for contacting Mark about the survey that, you informed him, was conducted in Wesham yesterday afternoon by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Mark was entirely unaware of this and as he wanted to get back to you immediately with any information we could garner, he asked me to call DECC this afternoon. I have now received a response from DECC, which Mark has asked me to pass onto you.
I have been informed that DECC were indeed carrying out this survey. They provided me with the following information, which I have copied below for your convenience.
*”The aim of the research, which will be published in full, is not to influence but to understand how people form their views on shale gas extraction. For this reason participants were sought who have not already formed an opinion, positive or negative
*The research has been procured through competitive tender. This is standard practice for government research to ensure it is transparent and accountable.
*Previous externally commissioned research suggested that focus group dynamics were undermined when participants had strongly held views, either in support or opposition to shale gas.
*Our latest tracking survey showed that 44% of the public neither support not oppose shale gas.
*The research is taking place where the development of shale exploration is at different stages of the planning process: Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and North Yorkshire, and also Peterborough where there is no shale prospectivity.
*Participants in the research are being recruited via ‘free-find’ methods. In ‘free-finding’, recruiters randomly select people in central hubs of activity within a specified area, such as high streets and shopping centres.
*Financial incentives are a standard part of social research. People participating in this research project will spend approximately 12 hours, spread over two Saturdays, in workshops. For many, this is a considerable time investment. (DECC response, 01/03/2015)”
All of the above comes directly from the department. I hope that it helps to answer your very understandable concerns about the manner in which this focus group work is being conducted.
Thank you again for making Mark aware that this survey was being conducted in this manner.

Kind regards,

Francis Walker
Senior Parliamentary Assistant | The Office of Mark Menzies MP