Sunday, 24 May 2015

UK - Here we go, here we go................................

Following the Conservative 'victory' in the recent UK governmental elections we forecast a wave of new fracking applications.

The Guardian - 23/05/15 reported...............

The UK's most high profile shale gas developer, Cuadrilla Resources, announced on Monday that it is poised to submit planning applications for exploratory wells at its site in Lancashire, raising the prospect of a summer of protests against the controversial development.
The company issued a statement confirming it would put forward a planning application to Lancashire County Council for it to drill, hydraulically fracture, and test the flow of gas at up to four exploratory wells at its proposed site at Preston New Road. It added that plans would also be submitted to install a series of seismic monitoring stations within four kilometres of the proposed site, in order to monitor the risk of earth tremors that may result from the drilling.
Cuadrilla said the planning application had followed "extensive public consultation" and would be accompanied by a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment undertaken by consultancy Arup.

Safe as houses.Ed.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

UK - Now let us spoil Yorkshire....................

A small energy company has become the second firm to apply for a licence to frack for gas in Britain, submitting an application for a site in the Vale of Pickering in Yorkshire. Just days after the new energy secretary, Amber Rudd, expressed her support for hydraulic fracturing, Third Energy has applied to use the controversial technique at a well at Kirby Misperton, about 25 miles from York, near Malton in Ryedale. The site is close to the Flamingo Land theme park and holiday resort.

Read the full report here:  http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/22/uk-fracking-firm-applies-for-licence-in-north-yorkshire

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

UK - Full tilt for fracking says Tory Govt.

Fracking support falls as Tory government promises to 'deliver shale'

Conservatives pledge to drive through fracking projects, including under national parks – despite public opposition rising from 29% to 43% in the last 18 months, according to a YouGov pol. (They had previously said that they would stop at the perimeter of a national park, but hey, who cares now ).

Read the full report here.....................

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/19/public-opposition-to-fracking-rises-in-face-of-tory-push-for-shale-gas?CMP=share_btn_link



Footnote. Most voters supported other parties, not the Conservatives. ... In reality, under the UK's first-past-the-post electoral system, winning a majority of seats does not mean that the majority of people support you. ... 63% opted for other parties. ... Only 24% of those eligible to vote actually put a cross next to a Tory .

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Back in harness!

Digital problems now digitized it would seem and we are back in business - fear not. Pity about the coffee R!

Fingers crossed that we are not distracted again, we thought you might enjoy this gem from the liberal State of Texas.....................



Texas officially prohibits cities from banning fracking

Published time: May 19, 2015 04:06

Reuters/Terry Wade
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A new Texas law signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott prohibits cities and towns from imposing local ordinances to prevent fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities.


Monday, 18 May 2015

Shiste Happens for real

Some of the team appear to be having a problem accessing the site. This is part test and part confirmation that our sterling blogger has not given up, but has a digital difficulty. We hope he will be back online very soon. Meanwhile time for a coffee break.


Ho ho, how we laughed.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

UK - Greenest Govt ever ( or was that the previous incarnation? ).

As we pointed out  in our penultimate post, the UK population has elected to go for fracking: http://www.thegwpf.com/amber-rudd-appointed-as-new-energy-climate-change-minister/

Financial Times - 11/05/15

SHALE ADVOCATE AMBER RUDD APPOINTED AS NEW ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER

Amber Rudd, a former financial journalist and investment banker has been appointed (as) the UK's Secretary Of State for Energy and Climate Change as Prime Minister David Cameron puts his final touches to his new cabinet on Monday. The Conservative MP believes drilling for shale gas will be good for the UK economy and jobs.

The minister believes ( apparently ) that it is possible to do it 'extremely safely'. Also, something 'that young people can get into (and ) in the wider area of developing renewables'.

You've lost us Amber - completely! Ed

Shale Advocate Amber Rudd Appointed As New Energy & Climate Change Minister

  • Date: 11/05/15

  • Financial Times

Amber Rudd, a former financial journalist and investment banker, has been appointed the UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change as Prime Minister David Cameron puts his final touches to his new cabinet on Monday. The Conservative MP believes drilling for shale gas will be good for the UK economy and jobs.

- See more at: http://www.thegwpf.com/amber-rudd-appointed-as-new-energy-climate-change-minister/#sthash.ZbwfX4HV.dpuf

Shale Advocate Amber Rudd Appointed As New Energy & Climate Change Minister

  • Date: 11/05/15

  • Financial Times

Amber Rudd, a former financial journalist and investment banker, has been appointed the UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change as Prime Minister David Cameron puts his final touches to his new cabinet on Monday. The Conservative MP believes drilling for shale gas will be good for the UK economy and jobs.

- See more at: http://www.thegwpf.com/amber-rudd-appointed-as-new-energy-climate-change-minister/#sthash.F0io2zbX.nUGtlkiX.dpuf

Shale Advocate Amber Rudd Appointed As New Energy & Climate Change Minister

  • Date: 11/05/15

  • Financial Times

Amber Rudd, a former financial journalist and investment banker, has been appointed the UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change as Prime Minister David Cameron puts his final touches to his new cabinet on Monday. The Conservative MP believes drilling for shale gas will be good for the UK economy and jobs.

- See more at: http://www.thegwpf.com/amber-rudd-appointed-as-new-energy-climate-change-minister/#sthash.F0io2zbX.nUGtlkiX.dpuf