Mass of firms unite to fight area becoming 'UK fracking capital' MORE than 180 companies have formed a coalition to campaign against fracking in a tourism-dependent area they fear will become the national centre for the controversial gas production method. The Frack Free Business Group, based in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, includes many firms who rely on the visitor economy for their income, ranging from pubs and art galleries to caravan parks, gift shops and tour companies. Other businesses that have joined the group include farmers, high street retailers, vets and wine merchants. The move follows government-commissioned environmental surveys for oil and gas licences revealing last month that most of the district would be within a "10km potential zone of impact" of a fracking site should proposed schemes go ahead.
Third Energy says it is confident the scheme would be safe and has highlighted that it would apply to the Environment Agency for mining waste operation, radioactive substances and groundwater activity permits. 002_293__unconventionalgasextractionpolicy_1375953559.pdf. Lancashire councillors prevented from blocking proposals for UK's first fracking site, says council member - Home News - UK - The Independent. County councillors had been due to decide whether or not to approve the UK’s first fracking site, near Preston, on 24 June.
However, after adjourning the meeting several times, they decided to postpone the final decision until 29 June to allow them more time to process “secret” legal advice they had been given earlier in the day. According to one of the those present, Councillor Paul Hayhurst, the advice essentially said they had no legal grounds for blocking the application and if they did so they could expect a costly legal battle with the applicant – the gas company Cuadrilla – which they would probably lose. As a result, he believes the councillors went from a position where they were ready to block the development to one where they were narrowly in favour. Anti-fracking protestors gathered outside Lancashire County Hall in Preston on Thursday (Alamy) “I feel the mood of the members was that they wanted to reject the application.
Loading gallery. Fracking: Decision on Lancashire shale gas site postponed amid an extraordinary legal row - Home News - UK - The Independent. Lancashire councillors complained that their deliberations had been constrained by “secret” legal advice which they had been provided with – in private – only hours before the planned vote. Councillor Paul Hayhurst felt so strongly that he proposed a motion to make the advice public so people could see how they were being influenced. The motion was passed and the legal advice could be published today. The vote on the site, at Little Plumpton, near Preston, was postponed until Monday. The scenes in Preston County Hall will raise fears that councillors are being pushed to back fracking plans – or risk exposing the council to expensive legal action from Cuadrilla, the firm behind the shale gas proposal. Messages written by anti-fracking protesters on a wall near County Hall in Preston (Reuters)His complaint came after another councillor, Marcus Johnstone, said that the planning decision had put council members “under intolerable pressure”.
Q | What happened? Q | What happens now? Counter-terrorism police visit journalist at home over fracking film | Netpol | Network for Police Monitoring. PHOTO: WMP under Creative Commons Licence Since early last year, Netpol has heard stories about unexpected, intimidatory visits by police to the homes of anti-fracking activists: nineteen people who responded to our recent survey have reported them.
Nina’s experience is a little different: she is a journalist covering the growing protest movement, who recently received a knock on her door by counter terrorism officers. It also raises serious concerns about how far the police are prepared to act on behalf of the private interests of extreme energy companies. This is her story. On Tuesday 23 September, around mid morning, I was visited by two plain clothed police officers asking to come into my home and interview me.
They told me they had received intelligence about a man and woman in a white car with my registration number, who had filmed a proposed fracking site on Preston New Road near Blackpool and who had asked questions of two security guards who were camped in the field. Fracking Fail in Falkirk. By Liz Thomson @LizThomson88 The second Ineos public meeting intended to sell fracking to the central belt ended in defeat for Directors Gary Haywood and Tom Pickering. Questions from the audience on the potential dangers to public health exposed embarrassing gaps in the knowledge of the men who claim to be able to frack safely in Scotland. Falkirk residents branded the presentation a “white wash” as the pair failed to improve upon their first lack lustre performance in Denny. One man captured the mood in the hall when he addressed Ineos bosses directly, saying: “I put it to you that you actually don’t know if this can be done safely or not. All you see in front of your eyes are pound signs.”
When quizzed about existing studies into public health it was revealed that neither man had read the comprehensive report published in 2014 by the New York Health Department, which led to a state wide ban. Ms Montinaro said: “[EDCs are] very relevant to this industry. She added: Like this: Like Loading... Scotland's scale gas moratorium is a political move. Minister for Energy Fergus Ewing makes keynote speech at EWEA Offshore Wind Conference (photo Jeroen Oerlemans, EWEA) A moratorium on the planning permits for shale gas in Scotland has been hailed as a victory by opponents of fracking. But according to energy analyst and journalist Lorenzo Colantoni, the true intention of the Scottish government is political. The Scottish National Party, he says, wants to secure votes for the May 2015 elections. It has no intention to really stop fracking or other unconventional gas activities. This is partly confirmed by Scottish Minister of Energy Fergus Ewing who, in an email interview with Energy Post, says that “unconventional gas could potentially play a part” in supplementing renewables in Scotland.
Fracking is facing hard times in in Europe. The North Sea oil industry, which still plays an important role in the Scottish economy, is collapsing Firm position Interview Fergus Ewing This stance is confirmed by Scottish Minister of Energy, Fergus Ewing. Public Health England’s draft report on shale gas extraction. Doctors and academics call for ban on 'inherently risky' fracking | Environment. Fracking should be banned because of the impact it could have on public health, according to a prominent group of health professionals.
In a letter published by the British Medical Journal on Monday, 20 high-profile doctors, pharmacists and public health academics said the “inherently risky” industry should be prohibited in the UK. “The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming. There are clear grounds for adopting the precautionary principle and prohibiting fracking,” they said. The signatories include former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Dr Clare Gerada, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Helen Gordon and former deputy chief medical officer Dr Sheila Adam. The letter was prompted by a report from health charity Medact, to be released on Monday, which recommended a UK-wide moratorium be placed on fracking. “I am questioning that,” said McCoy.
The letter said: “Shale gas is not a clean source of energy. Revealed: the catalogue of health and safety breaches by INEOS at Grangemouth. An investigation by the Sunday Herald has uncovered the Swiss-based petrochemical giant's record of mishaps, leaks and failures to control risks for workers. The revelations have prompted criticisms from environmentalists and trade unionists, who claim that safety at Grangemouth has deteriorated. They will also increase anxieties over INEOS's bid to win community and political support for fracking shale gas across the central belt. The fears are, however, dismissed as "baseless" by INEOS. Grangemouth has one of the best safety records in the chemicals industry and 2014 was its best ever year, the company says. However, failing to reduce the dangers of pipes degrading in 2011 could have led to a major accident, according to the government's Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
INEOS has been served 11 legal enforcement notices by the HSE for breaking the rules 34 times at Grangemouth between 2011 and 2014. This compares to just three notices over the previous four years from 2007 to 2010. Revealed: energy giants plans to lovebomb Scotland into backing fracking. Environmentalists and politicians have attacked the forthcoming campaign involving London-based public relations companies as "PR spin" and "slick marketing" designed to divide Scottish communities. A company called Mediazoo has invited journalists to Grangemouth on Tuesday to meet senior INEOS executives over sandwiches.
There will be an announcement on "plans for a major new Scottish shale gas community engagement programme," the invitation says. The announcement is expected to include more details on an existing promise to pay hundreds of millions of pounds to landowners and communities around fracking sites. There will also be a meeting of up to 80 community councillors at Grangemouth on Thursday. The invitation to the 90-minute "roundtable briefing" from INEOS's communications manager, Richard Longden, describes the extraction of shale gas by the hydraulic fracturing of underground rock as "a very emotive subject". Extreme Energy | Current work | Paul Mobbs/MEI. '14th Oil & Gas Licensing Round' map from the'Jam Tomorrow' presentation, 2011 'Extreme energy' has been my major project for the last five years (2009-2014), and has concentrated on the issue of unconventional gas production – shale gas (aka. 'fracking'), coalbed methane and underground coal gasification.
In 2009, I was one of the first environmental campaigners working on the unconventional gas issue in Britain. And whilst I'm currently shifting focus slightly, away from this theme, for the foreseeable future I'll still be running workshops and giving lectures in the issue. I'll upload more information on this theme as an when time allows. Informative videos on the theme of "Extreme Energy" This is a list of informative/educational videos around the issue of shale gas "fracking" and coalbed-methane.
Fractured Country – An Unconventional Invasion, Lock the Gate Alliance, April 2014.' GAS LEAK! "FRAKNET".A (very rushed!) Useful reports/publications on the theme of "Extreme Energy" Ministers' shale gas 'hype' attacked. 11 November 2014Last updated at 23:16 ET By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst Exploratory drilling was carried out in Balcombe, West Sussex Ministers have "completely oversold" the potential of shale gas, energy experts say. Researchers from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) told the BBC promises of lower prices and greater energy security from UK shale gas were “hype” and "lacking in evidence". UKERC, an academic consortium covering 30 institutions, has produced a report on the future of gas in the UK.
The Treasury said the potential of shale gas was "too big to ignore". The report authors said shale gas - a natural gas that can be drawn from rock through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - was so early in its infancy it was impossible to know how much could be extracted and at what cost. 'Extraordinary' But they said it was most unlikely to make a substantial difference to prices or to the security of energy supplies in the UK. “Shale gas has been completely oversold. 'Bridging fuel' Power1. Lord Howell: Fracking Should Only Occur in 'Derelict' North to Save Tory Votes. A Conservative Peer who suggested fracking should take place in the "desolate" north east has now said it should only be conducted in the "derelict" north to protect Tory votes. Lord Howell, who is also George Osborne's father-in-law, claims areas such as the north west, north east and "all the places where the Industrial revolution has left the worst historical scars" would welcome the shale gas extraction process.
Writing in the US-based Journal of Energy Security, Howell added it is a "complete waste of time" trying to "bribe" wealthy areas such as the home counties to allow fracking to take place in their area as it will cause longer delays and the Tory party will "lose rural votes on a major scale". The former government energy policy adviser was criticised last July after calling for fracking to begin in the "desolate" north-east of England instead of "beautiful, natural areas" such as Sussex. Chemicals company plans to start shale gas exploration in Scotland | Scotland. Chemicals company Ineos has said it hopes to begin exploring for shale gas in central Scotland "very soon", with fracking potentially underway by 2018.
The owners of the Grangemouth chemical plant have also announced that local communities and homeowners will be given a share of the profits of shale gas extraction. But Friends of the Earth Scotland described the compensation plan as a "transparent attempt to bribe" those affected. Ineos announced it was to give 6% of its shale gas revenues to homeowners, landowners & communities who live above its shale gas operations. The company founded by billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has a 51% share in the rights to explore fracking in a 127 square mile area around Grangemouth and the Forth Valley.
It’s also applied for rights to explore for shale oil in other parts of the UK under the UK Government’s 14th round of onshore oil and gas licensing. The company estimates over £2.5 billion will be handed out under the scheme. “This is very similar. Scottish Government defy Westminster over fracking. SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The Scottish energy minster has objected to the UK government’s “gung-ho” plans to remove the right of Scots to object to fracking beneath their homes. Proposals from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will allow companies to drill for unconventional oil and gas below residential areas without first negotiating access rights. The new powers will give automatic rights of access for firms to drill at depths of more than 300 metres.
Fergus Ewing said powers on this issue should be with Holyrood not Westminster so Scots would have the power to consider the issues over unconventional oil and gas in “an evidence-based, cautious and considered” way. “All of the decisions taken about it should be taken by the people of Scotland, through the parliament and government they elected,” he said. The technique would only be used at depths of 1.5km or more. An independent review of scientific evidence on unconventional oil and gas was published last month. Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition | Environment.
Fracking will take place below Britons’ homes without their permission after ministers rejected 40,000 objections to controversial changes to trespass laws. The UK government argued that the current ability for people to block shale gas development under their property would lead to significant delays and that the legal process by which companies can force fracking plans through was costly, time-consuming and disproportionate. There were a total of 40,647 responses to a consultation on the move to give oil and gas companies underground access without needing to seek landowners’ permission, with 99% opposing the legal changes. Setting aside the 28,821 responses submitted via two NGO campaigns, 92% of the remaining responses objected to the proposals.
New laws will now be passed giving automatic access for gas and oil development below 300m and a notification and compensation scheme will be run by the industry on a voluntary basis. UK government over rule Scottish Fracking concerns - Oil and Gas News. Fracking has conquered the US. But here's why it can't happen in Britain | Environment | The Observer. First UK fracking leak as Dart Energy wells fail. Protestors' 'Fracking victory' at Barton Moss. Cameron to work with Poland on undermining EU fracking legislation.