Week Ending 2nd March 2014

UK news highlights

Energy supplier Ecotricity is planning to give support to anti-fracking groups. As PRWeek put it "Green energy provider Ecotricity is seeking to dash the Government's hopes to develop a homegrown fracking industry by making an outright stand against the use of the technology."

A news report highlighted the hypocrisy of oil company barons. "Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has joined a lawsuit to stop a 15-story water tower, to be used for fracking, from being built near his 83-acre Texas ranch. Tillerson and his fellow plaintiffs – among then former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey – argue that the proposed water tower would "devalue their properties and adversely impact the rural lifestyle they sought to enjoy." "

An Australian survey found that the pseudo-science of climate change deniers was Australia’s most effective and pervasive pseudoscience because it has support from powerful figures, and had undue influence over politicians.

Plans were made for a mass rally against fracking in Manchester city centre.

Natalie Hynde was found guilty in Brighton magistrates court of "besetting" the exploratory drilling site by gluing herself to a friend and preventing access to the site for several hours.She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £400 costs and a victim surcharge. Her friend Simon Medhurst was fined £200. The judge ruled their actions "went beyond reasonable freedom of speech".

Ed Davey made a statement about too much emphasis being placed on shale gas, acknowledging he had lost the battle for public support for him and his party on the issue. His escape route is to point to the opportunities offshore in the North Sea, where conventional gas and oil is running out, but where there is an opportunity for unconventional exploitation. A clear signal that the war over onshore exploitation is going our way.

Any opinions here not quotes from the week's news reports are my own.
Alan Tootill

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