Monday, 21 July 2014

UK - Shock horror, traffic levels due to fracking hugely understated!

Slowly it begins to dawn on UK planning officials that the claims previously made regarding logistics ( truck movements arising from earth removal, water movement and personnel and plant movement ) have been vastly understated by fracking companies. We have stated this repeatedly here and elsewhere. One frack site requires up to 500 truck movements for earth removal alone.

Read the report here: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/17/celtique-energie-fracking-noise-lorries-hgvs

If only everyone had not been so taken with stories of flaming tap water and mini-quakes and actually dug into the facts. Pretty well too late by now of course. Ed.

France - Pressure mounts for shale gas exploration.

Just as Germany decides to ban fracking for a minimum of 7 years citing concerns for 'human health and the environment' we are increasingly aware that groups like respected French think tank - 'Terra Nova' and now the Institut Montaigne are openly advocating the exploitation of shale gas in France. Even President Hollande, who previously declared himself completely against the process now says that "We are thinking of alternative techniques to hydraulic fracturing in order to exploit shale gas in France". Needless to say, unrest in the Middle East and now deteriorating relations ( yet again ) with Russia provide the perfect excuse. Today we read reports that EDF plans to import massive quantities of US gas which will not be cheap because our American friends want it for themselves of course.

The following article gives some idea of the current push on the part of lobbyists.

http://environemenz.com/how-is-shale-gas-doing-in-france/

We remain totally opposed to the process for all the reasons previously stated and do not consider fracking/shale gas extraction as either 'clean' or 'transitional' it is what it is and that is a. dirty b. unhealthy and c. environmentally catastrophic. We remain confident that the French population will rest vigilant and oppose this abomination based essentially on short-term gain/greed and press for increased invstment in renewables as a matter of urgency. Ed


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

US States with fracking see huge increase in earthquake activity...............

.....notably, Oaklahoma:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/fracking-earthquake_n_5585892.html

Which is what happens when idiot politicians allow their pals in the O & G 'industry' to re-inject vast volumes of contaminated waste fracking water into the ground. Note that here in rural France thousands of old properties have little or no foundation thus making them extremely vulnerable should this abomination ever come to pass. Ed.

Friday, 11 July 2014

World Council of Churches withdraws fossil fuel investments.

The influential World Council of Churches representing 590 million Christians ( not including the Catholic Church ) in it's member organisations/denominations has clearly stated that it will withdraw from any investment linked to fossil fuels with immediate effect quoting the 'immorality' of such investment at a time when the activities of rich, developed countries are impacting negatively on newly emerging economies.

Read the article and watch a debate from St.Paul's Cathedral here......................

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/world-council-of-churches-pulls-fossil-fuel-investments