Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Monday, 14 April 2014

Poland - Total pull out

French oil and gas giant Total has pulled out of it's fracking adventure in Poland ( like several similar concerns in recent months )..........................
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140414/frances-total-drops-shale-gas-exploration-poland

No reason was given. I think we know the answer. Never mind, they are off to frack the UK next.

France - Total propose propane as alternative to fracking.

But then we always said that they would didn't we. According to Total CEO Christophe Marjorie and 'Productive Recovery' Minister Arnaud Montebourg, new techniques proposed for 'clean' fracturing include those deploying a technique to stimulate propane: Heptafluoroprane. Already used as a propellant in pharmeceutical inhalers, this form of fluorinated propane would, provide a 'reliable and operational alternative' to hydraulic fracturing.

So, always assuming that anyone thinks this might be a good idea ( please do leave a comment if that includes you ), we still have the question of massive landscape and ecological disturbance, noise, intrusion in urban areas, logistics, flaring, ugly derricks, horrendous logistics and proven health issues.

More importantly, the gas should stay in the ground. It's extraction is related to short-term notions of 'transition', detracts from investment in renewables and is yet one more dirty fossil fuel with carbon emissions ( when all is factored in ) considerably worse than those for coal.

Read more here: ( in French ) :http://www.zepros.fr/energie/actualites/17246/Gaz-de-schiste-enfin-une-technologie-dextraction-propre-.html

Basque country - Fracking plans/licences

Probably not the best place to start drilling if you don't want to risk violent reprisals!

Read more here: http://www.ejolt.org/2012/10/don%E2%80%99t-frack-the-basque-country-conflicts-around-gas-extraction-by-fracking/

US - Shale Gas - Pessimistic forecasts

Increasingly pessimistic forecasts for future shale gas yields are now coming out of the US. Click the link to read more: http://blogs.mediapart.fr/blog/jean-paul-baquiast/100414/sombres-perspectives-pour-le-gaz-de-schiste-aux-etats-unis

Question is, who will clean up the mess in the final analysis. Probably not our friends in the Oil and Gas industry.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Earthquakes and the idiocy of fracking - US.

Ohio and serious evidence of fracking links to earthquakes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/ohio-earthquakes-fracking_n_5136110.html

The idiocy continues in California where fracking continues apace right next to the San Andreas fault. Click the link and be amazed: http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/commentary/the-well-next-door/california-fracking-earthquakes.html

Now imagine all that in the tiny land mass referred to as the UK for instance where literally thousands of wells are planned often in close proximity to private dwellings.