Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Scottish Parliament blocks fracking pending the May elections and further tests.

Canny people the Scots.

The Scottish government has announced a block on planned fracking operations, pending further inquiries. Ministers will carry out new work on the environmental and health implications of the controversial gas drilling technique. Full control over fracking is due to be devolved to Scotland after May's general election. In the meantime, consent for unconventional oil and gas developments will be refused on planning grounds.

UK - Lancashire County Council defer decision on Cuadrilla for eight weeks.

Tractors in a protest outside a Lancashire County Council planning meeting on fracking applications by Cuadrilla.

Tractors blockade County Hall in Preston, Lancs.

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Not something one would want to invest in heavily at this point what with all the delays and adverse publicity spreading daily eh? Ed.

UK - Ministerial aide to Vince Cable ( remember him?) quits over fracking.

Tessa Munt, Ministerial Aide to Coalition bloke Vince Cable yesterday resigned over her party's support for government fracking policy.

Read the BBC report here:

UK Public to fund fracking excess + Protection of national Parks???

First of all, it is clear that a majority of the British public do not want fracking. Second, it is they who are going to pay for it ( in more ways than merely financial ).

Perspective here on the current situation...........................

And why is everyone so calm about 'our' National Parks? The so called protection currently within the remit of one Eric Pickles is probably worthless. No doubt our Eric will deny a couple more token applications and then the floodgates will be open. Ever been to the heart of the Peak District national Park which is laced with massive limestone quarries for instance? Ed.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

UK - Osborne's 'fracking push' letter to ministers leaked.

George Osborne has written to government ministers urging them to 'speed interventions' on behalf of fracking companies. Panicking George?

David Cameron has claimed that many jobs will be created. Does he mean for him and his compatriots on the boards of oil and gas concerns? We wonder. Ed.

UK - At last, the climate change penny drops. Or has it?

When all the earthquake, flaming tap, airborne methane levels and risk to aquafers, not to mention logistics and landscape desecration arguments have been itemized there remains the single, crucial  issue of - burning yet another fossil fuel at this critical time.

'Clean' gas, 'Natural' gas ( and in France, 'Gaz de roche mere' or gas of the mother rock ) have all been deployed by apologists for the Dirty Industry to try to give the impression that although comparable to certain other fossil fuels at the outset, methods of extraction deployed ( including the disproportionate use of diesel in logistics and on site ), airborne methane emissions often as high as 50% all point to something considerably worse than eg. coal.

The UK has made commitments to world-wide climate change targets and yet pushes now for a country-wide fracking 'revolution'. Remember, up to 60% of the land mass is theoritcally vulnerable to license applications. Now the BBC ( often giving the impression of a 'confused' position over fracking ) would appear to have spotted the inconsistency.

Correspondent David Shukman comments as follows: 

 Science Editor - This report opens up a new argument over shale gas in the UK. Until now the main focus of environmental concern has been on the risks of pollution. And any worries about noise or the potential for contaminated drinking water have essentially been local. But highlighting the climate angle gives the debate a national perspective. The MPs highlight the apparent contradiction of the UK being committed to massive cuts in carbon emissions under the Climate Change Act while at the same time also encouraging the search for new sources of fossil fuel. At the heart of this question is how gas itself is viewed. Since it is cleaner than coal, some say gas can act as a "bridge" to a low-carbon future, buying more time for renewable energy to become more efficient. Others argue that developing any kind of fossil fuel locks us into a high-carbon future and undermines or at least delays a switch to greener forms of power. And this comes at sensitive time: the government is preparing to take a leading role in a summit on climate change in Paris at the end of the year.

And do you think Middle Englanders will take ablind bit of notice? Ed.

UK Apathy. Govt defeats moves to amend Infrastructur Bill. Depressing.

UK Government defeats fracking moratorium at Westminster
26 January 2015

The UK Government today defeated moves by cross party MPs to introduce a moratorium on unconventional gas and fracking in a tense series of votes on the Infrastructure Bill. The SNP and others voted for an amendment that would call a halt on the industry while work to assess its impacts is carried out. Focus now shifts to an announcement from the Scottish Government expected this week.

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Somehow, we feel that over there, the politicians deserve the populace they represent. Ed.