Green light given for fracking at Mission
Green light given for fracking at MissionOpposition to drilling at Mission in Nottinghamshire lodged by FoE was overturned last November with iGas being granted permission to drill a non fracking operation
Green gas could heat majority of homes in Britains, says Ecotricity
Ecotricity propose green gas mills using grass from poor agricultural land.
Ecotricity’s project report can be read here
Whilst green gas mills have great appeal, a cautionary report regarding ecotricity’s plans has been issued by “biofuelwatch” which can be read at the following link:
EKAF Committee meeting 30/11/16
Church of England support for fracking
The CofE has issued a briefing paper supporting fracking as a means to reduce greenhouse emissions which can be read HERE
Mike Hill has written the following detailed report identifying flaws in the CofE’s papered challenging it’s findings.
EKAF committee member, Julie Wassmer, spoke at a major fracking seminar in Chichester on weekend 23rd/ 24th July. The following pdf is her excellent script:
A full report on the debate is on the Drill or Drop website at the following link:
In an outrageous development, Cuadrilla are persuing campaigner, Tina Rothery, for over £55,000 in costs as detailed below:
Update 25th July
At the hearing, Tina refuse to pay this outrageous fine and the court adjourned to consider what action to take. At this time there’s no news. You can follow Tina on her blog:
In a risible & reprehensible attempt to deter future anti fracking protest, Tina Louise Rothery is being pursued by Cuadrilla, through the legal system, for over £55,000 in costs for an ‘eviction’ (that wasn’t as they’d already gone) of a camp in a field earmarked for fracking. This miscalculation on the part of the frack dealers will backfire manyfold.
Please help make her case as high profile as possible, both in personal support for Tina, and to catalyse the movement even further in the face of this manifest case of corporate bullying. https://www.facebook.com/events/247834732239427/
· Between now and the Court Hearing next Thursday (June 23rd), get it out on social media – tweet it, post it on Facebook etc – with a message something like:
In solidarity with UK #fracking activist @tinalouiseUK #IAmTinaRothery
We support #fracking activist @tinalouiseUK against draconian lawsuit from @CuadrillaUK #IAmTinaRothery
As you will be aware, Councillors in Yorkshire have granted 3rd Energy permission to commence fracking at Ryedale. This move will now open the whole country to the threat. The following campaign letter has been sent out by Friends Of the Earth and contains a link for you to register your support:
You will have seen last nights news that fracking has been approved in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.
> Sue Gough from Frack Free Ryedale last night launched a people’s declaration against fracking in response, vowing to continue the fight and asking for support from across the country. Friend of the Earth is supporting this and sent it to our supporters last night. Already 13k people have signed.
It would be fantastic if this could be made as big as possible as quickly as possible to demonstrate how much support there is across the country.
Please can you let me know if you are able to add your organisation or groups support to this statement and send out to email lists and networks? You can see the declaration here. https://www.foe.co.uk/act/add-your-name-peoples-declaration-say-no-fracking-0
We are working closely with frack free Ryedale on the next steps, including looking at any possibility for legal challenge. The campaign will of course continue. Just as in Balcombe, we need the Council decision not to be the end, but to be merely the start of mobilisation against fracking big enough to stop it in its tracks. Frack Free Ryedale are meeting, hopefully in the next few days, to discuss what the community wants to do.
We thought it would be helpful if all the groups involved in anti-fracking campaigning met to coordinate as soon as possible after that. Friends of the Earth is happy to host. If you’d like to come along, please could you fill out this doodle so we can find the best time. If there is anyone else you think should be invited, please let me know!
Please fill out the doodle here: http://doodle.com/poll/vvbq6uhhxxq7i68c
John Ashton has written an excellent article in the Guardian on the Ryedale fracking decision:
A former climate diplomat has accused the government of treating people with deception and cynicism over the regulation of fracking. Read the article here
The Weald resource is now estimated to be worth £52bn over 40 years but to extract it will require around 2400 wells! That’s just £1.3bn per year and what about the clean up and restoration costs? Read the report here
So much for the Paris climate agreement. In N Dakota fracked methane is being burned off since it’s uneconomical to distribute it! Read the article here
The hazards of fracking are detailed in the following article:
An authoritative report highlights the health risks associated with unconventional oil & gas exploitation and calls for a ban:
Reinstatement promises? = A total myth!
The government continually reassures us of the honourable intentions of the fossil fuel industry! One of the conditions of planning permission is the reinstatement of the land to it’s previous state when extraction is complete. In Wales the Coal companies have got around this by transferring ownership to small companies with minimal assets. the following article in the Private Eye exposes this scam:
Methane Gas Leaks: 02/16
A general article on methane leaks from old workings:
The mega leak from the Aliso canyon underground storage facility which includes a real time gas leak meter:
Government plans to stifle anti-fracking protests 02/16
Leaked Cabinet plans propose letting unelected planning inspectors, rather than councils, give the go ahead for shale gas wells to boost production:
Frack-Free Lancashire have responded with the following press release: PRESS RELEASE 01ST FEB 2016 leaked fracking letter
Good news from Wales as they abandon fracking:
EU Fracking Map
5 years ago there were many articles predicting a fracking boom in the EU, especially in Eastern Europe where it was seen as a means of reducing the dependency on imported gas from Russia.. However, this boom has never materialised, partly as a result of opposition campaigns, Governments’ concerns over environmental impacts and the failure of exploration wells to reveal viable economic reserves. This map shows the current situation and sadly reveals that the largest area open to fracking is England and N Ireland!
Conventional gas extraction undermining Groningen in Holland
EKAF like many other campaign groups have obviously focussed on highlighting the risks of unconventional oil and gas extraction. In Groningen in Holland a well established conventional gas field which has been an important source for much of Europe’s gas for the last 30 years is now causing earthquakes as the reserves deplete. These earthquakes are causing massive damage to property with some houses now being uninhabitable and all properties in the area are now worthless. Naturally, in a timely lesson for those in areas under threat here, the extraction companies have fought compensation claim and even when accepted, payouts are minimal and inadequate as detailed in this Guardian Article.
USA: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Increasing evidence of the EPA failing to correctly report water contamination, and gas emissions is emerging. A serious allegation of fraud through the use of faulty gas emissions monitoring equipment has recently been made and this can be read here:
Evidence of the considerable hazards to health likely to be experienced by workers involved in fracking and other unconventional oil & gas extraction can be read at the following link
Excellent letter to David Cameron: From Kate Styles
I would like to talk to you about fracking. I know that you think it is ” the right thing to do” ( see, having listened to what you say, .. you do say this a lot. Oh, I get it, it’s a catchphrase.), but I, and many, many people here in Britain disagree.
Now, this may surprise you, but I and many, many others who live in this beautiful land have spent hours, days, weeks and months researching fracking.Some, but not me, have spent years. From building the well pad, transporting the equipment, the rig, the compressors , the water and the pipelines to understanding the drilling process, the fracking process ( yes, we do understand that actually fracturing the shale is just a part of the process), flow testing, and full scale production.
We have read about the Marcellus shale, the Utica shale, the Fayetteville shale, the Eagleford shale and the Bakken shale. We have learned about the Halliburton loophole, the EPA, the API and IPAA.
We have seen evidence of water contamination from fracking in Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. We have read the EPA draft report whose conclusions have been challenged at peer review stage by its own scientists. We have the latest analysis of more than 1,000 chemicals in fluids used in and created by hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Yale School of Public Health researchers found that many of the substances in fracking wastewater have been linked to reproductive and developmental health problems, and the majority had undetermined toxicity due to insufficient information.
We have read of livestock suffering from unidentifiable illnesses, and high incidences of stillbirth in cattle and horses. We hear of nosebleeds, rashes, nausea and headaches in children . All of this near fracking operations. Could it be the VOC’s? You know, when you keep seeing the same symptoms, and the only common denominator is fracking…well. My mother used to say if it looks like a pig and it oinks like a pig, then it probably is a pig. Sorry, in retrospect that was probably not the best analogy to use, but you get my drift
The floods. Terrible scenes of what used to be once in a Century events but that have been occurring much more regularly. Three times in the past 5 years. That’s Global warming for you!