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Week Ending 5th May 2013

Camp Frack 2 almost here

Only a few days to go now before Camp Frack 2, probably the biggest and most important anti-fracking event ever. Details at CampFrack .

UK Government sinking to new depths

New light was shed on the Government's thinking on offering sweeteners to advance fracking came on Monday, in reports by the Telegraph and FT. The information shows how a weak government knows it has lost the argument on fracking, but is determined by hook or crook to overcome public opinion.

The suggestion is that local communities would be offered lower energy bills provided they drop opposition to fracking.

This goes far beyond extending the common section 106 agreements which are used by local authorities to allow dubious planning applications to pass in return for some related community benefit. It goes far beyond "compensating" a local community for any "disturbance it may suffer due to fracking. (The government seems in total denial of health risks, and seems only to refer to matters like construction traffic when talking about community impact.)

If we were not totally opposed to fracking, we could see contributions to the local council exchequer, or even provision of community facilities or new infrastructure, as going not far beyond the current section 106 compansation possibilities. But putting money directly into people's pockets, on the condition that they do not object to fracking proposals, is in a different league. It is tantamount to blackmail. It is designed to set communities against each other. It is an undermining of democracy. It is in opposition to the public's right to object without fear to unwelcome planning applications. It must be fought with every means possible.

Other News

Royal Dutch Shell made the announcement on Friday that they were not interested in diving into investment in UK shale gas. So that's one major player out the window for Cuadrilla, and a dash to the hopes of the British government that their incentive policies would tempt the big boys. Cuadrilla has been reportedly seeking investmant from major oil and gas companies, and speculation mentioned Shell as a possibility.

Towns in New York State opposed to fracking had encouragement from a court ruling. It is an unfortunate comparison with the state of planning law in the UK when local plans and decisions can be overruled by central government, even without the threat of new powers under consideration currently.

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

News As It Came In with hyperlinks to original stories

Monday

Telegraph: Government to offer cheaper energy bills to communities that don't oppose frackingys

FT: The government is proposing to bribe communities with cheaper energy bills in exchange for dropping opposition to local fracking projects

Central Lancs Uni shows its debt to Cuadrilla with a typical piece of bias

Predictable LEP report on Friday's Committee report, with expected Cuadrilla quotes

Tuesday

Adam Smith Institute likes bribes

Sustainable??? European Shale Gas: Not a Revolution, but a Slow Sustainable Growth

More coal to be burned in India to increase world emissions due to US shale gas

Scottish planning proposal works against frackers

Wednesday

Survey Shows Fracking Communities Suffer from Stress Due to Fear of Exploitatio

Caroline Flint - Fracking safety must come first

Fracking as a Toxic Trespass

Extracting UK shale gas will be costlier than US

Hang on - isn't th government trying to tell us shale gas is clean? Obviously not clean enough.

Same old report cropping up everywhere

BP makes record profit,after N Sea spill shows poor maintenance and serious breaches of regulations

Global carbon dioxide levels set to pass 400ppm milestone

Thursday

Davey claims not to be cooking the books, NORTH WEST ONLY new BGS estimates due by end of summer.

Dutch to-and-fro on fracking ban
Dutch Labour say no to test fracking

Ohio democrats know the score on waste injection wells!

Friday

Royal Dutch Shell says not interested in UK shale gas Saturday

Huge Triumph for NY Towns Fighting Fracking's Risks

Sunday

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