Friday, 8 November 2013

Community Fracking Blockade In Barton Moss

The community blockade of IGas’s site at Barton Moss, has seen IGas continuing to bring in fracking trucks to resupply its drilling operations, and the community trying to stop them. Come down and support the community in Salford fighting fracking now!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Major landowners refuse to rule out fracking on their land

MAJOR land-owning organisations in the region have refused to rule out whether they will allow fracking on their land in the future.
The National Trust, which owns 54,400 acres (220 sq km) of land in Yorkshire and the North-East, said it had a “presumption against” fracking on its land.
But the trust said if it was happy in the future that the environmental and visual impact of fracking would be negligible, it could revise that stance.
The Church of England, one of the biggest landowners in the country, has left its stance on shale gas ambiguous, saying it had “no policy” on fracking.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Friday, 1 November 2013

Fracking in the UK : The Truth Behind the 'Dash for Gas'

The Truth Behind the 'Dash for Gas'
A Documentary by Marco Jackson
In December 2012 David Cameron lifted the moratorium (temporary ban) on the process known as Hydraulic Fracturing. A moratorium which had been in place since June 2011, when it was acknowledged that two minor earthquakes in the Blackpool area, had been triggered by Hydraulic Fracturing in the vicinity.

The process of High Volume High Pressure Hydraulic Fracturing is an integral part of the extraction process for Unconventional Gas & Oil, found in Shale deposits and Coal Seams. The UK reportedly has sufficient Unconventional Gas resources to provide the Country with Energy Security for many decades into the future.

But at what price?

In the US, Canada & Australia, there is increasing evidence that High Volume High Pressure Hydraulic Fracturing is causing contamination of Water, Soil & Air. This coupled with the phenomenal water requirements of the Hydraulic Fracturing process may prove to have even greater negative impact in the UK than in Countries with considerably less population density.

This outstanding documentary looks at the players behind the UK Government's 'Dash for Gas'; then draws upon two decades of FRACKING experience in the Western USA and the impact upon farming communities in Southern Queensland Australia, to consider whether this 'technology' is appropriate to be unleashed beneath the people of the UK.

A MUST SEE for family, friends and neighbours.

'Low health risk' from fracking, says UK agency

The energy minister Michael Fallon welcomed the findings.
"The UK has the most robust regulatory regime in the world for shale gas and companies will only be granted permission to frack for shale if their operations are safe," he said.
However Greenpeace campaigner Leila Deen said the report was a "timely reminder" of the risks of fracking and the potential long-term health impacts.
"The government has so far responded to these risks by cutting the budget of the environmental regulator and effectively allowing companies to mark their own homework when it comes to monitoring."

Monday, 28 October 2013

France’s Ban On Fracking Is ‘Absolute’

France’s ban on fracking was finally completed Friday, as its constitutional court upheld a 2011 law prohibiting the practice and canceling all exploration permits. The decision posted on the court’s website said the ban “conforms to the constitution” and is not “disproportionate,” effectively protecting it from any future legal challenge.
U.S. driller Schuepbach Energy brought its complaint to the court after two of its exploration permits were revoked due to the ban. Schuepbach attempted to argue that since no study had established fracking risks, there was no cause for the ban, and that since fracking isn’t banned for geothermal energy projects, it was unfair. The court didn’t find that convincing, citing the differences between geothermal and shale gas exploration.

To fight off Fracking in the Hull and East Yorkshire area

Fracking protests 'could come to East Yorkshire'

Green Party campaigners say direct action protests over fracking could be staged here if oil companies move in.
Shan Oakes, Hull and East Yorkshire Green Party spokeswoman, said this week's arrest of Green MP Caroline Lucas in Sussex could be the shape of things to come.
She said: "Caroline Lucas was standing up for what she and the Green Party are about. Fracking is a serious issue yet a lot of people don't understand what it is.
"Fracking uses millions of gallons of water, produces highly toxic waste, can contaminate water tables and tap water, poison livestock, and cause neurological problems all in the search for what we are told is cheap energy."

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Ex-oil boss: 'Fracking WILL happen'

A former oilfield boss has warned fracking is coming to the region.
Ian Crane, who is renowned for his investigations into fracking, the mining of shale and coal seam gas, will visit Hull as part of a nationwide speaking tour.
In his Fractured Future – It Doesn't Have To Be This Way talk, Mr Crane asks if fracking will be the solution to the national fuel shortage.
Exploratory drilling has already started in East Riding, and Mr Crane believes fracking for oil and gas in the US and Australia should be a "wake-up call" for this area.

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Councillors in plea over fracking

COUNCILLORS in East Yorkshire have backed calls to seek Govern-ment assurances that the region will not be “targeted” for the controversial gas method fracking.

A motion on the issue, proposed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for environment, planning and housing, Coun Symon Fraser, was unanimously passed at a full meeting of the authority.

What Is Fracking?

Shale gas is extracted through a process called hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, in which fractures have to be created in the rock by forcing water, sand and chemicals (1%) at high pressure allowing the trapped gas to be released into the well.

Did You Know?

It is banned in Luxembourg, France, Bulgaria and Germany and such moratoria are already in place in many areas in the USA, including New York State, New Jersey and Vermont.

National Trust has 'open mind' on fracking

National Trust director-general Dame Helen Ghosh says the conservation charity has an "open mind" about allowing fracking on its land.

Her comments appear to contradict the Trust's position of a "presumption against" the controversial technology.

Campaigners say the environmental risks of fracturing rock to release gas are too great.
A spokesman says the Trust has not changed its position but will review any new evidence in the future.

Water industry lays down challenge to UK shale gas fracking industry

Water companies have warned the shale gas industry that the quality of our drinking water must be protected at all costs and fracking must not harm public health.

What is the true cost of fracking?

Campaigners step up anti-fracking fight

Campaigners from York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth gathered in the city-centre to protest about fracking.
The group want a local ban on fracking, the controversial new process of trying to extract shale gas by fracturing bedrock.

UK fracking ambitions threatened by EU warning over methane emissions

The EU authorities have opened a new front in efforts to clamp down on shale gas, warning that the carbon footprint from methane emissions may be high enough to call into question the whole future of fracking in Europe.

What Is Fracking?

Shale gas is extracted through a process called hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, in which fractures have to be created in the rock by forcing water, sand and chemicals (1%) at high pressure allowing the trapped gas to be released into the well.

Did You Know?

It is banned in Luxembourg, France, Bulgaria and Germany and such moratoria are already in place in many areas in the USA, including New York State, New Jersey and Vermont.

Where Is It Happening?

Everywhere, including right on our doorstep!
This licensing map of the UK shows which areas have been allocated a Petroleum & Exploration Development Licence (PEDL). The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is divided into a network of blocks. Initial block licenses last for six years – enough time, according to DECC, for the developer to get planning permissions, work out the viability of the area. Further information on the companies involved is available here.
Lancashire has been identified as having 200 trillion cubic feet of potential shale gas reserves, and plans have been announced for over 840 wells over the next 16 years. There are six current sites in Lancashire: Preese Hall, Weeton, is the only UK site to have currently been fracked as opposed to test drilled; test drilling has been in progress at Marsh Road, Banks; Grange Road, Singleton has been drilled, but not fracked; the Anna’s Road site near Lytham St Anne’s is completed ready for the drill; and there is also planning permission for a site at Inskip Road, Wharles, and in Kirkham.