Week Ending 9th November 2014
UK news highlights
The main stories
IGas confirmed it had applied for more licences in the 14th round and was intent on lodging applications to frack as a result of its Barton Moss exploration. Both IGas and Salford deserve condemnation by exploring the shale at Barton Moss. Their permission was only for Coal Bed Methane, not the deeper drilling for shale.
Atthe Lancashire Association of Local Council's AGM (LALC is the professional association representing 187 out of 215 Town & Parish Councils in Lancashire and is also a member of the National Association of Local Council's, NALC) the following Resolution was moved and overwhelmingly approved:
Resolution by Westhoughton Town Council;
' That L.A.L.C. and N.A.L.C. urge individual Parish & Town Council's to oppose applications for fracking in their areas, in recognition that the potential damage to the environment is irreversible and no payment from fracking companies can compensate for any such damage'
A judicial review challenging the granting of Cuadrilla's latest Balcombe planning application started on Thursday. After two days in court the judge promised a speedy judgement.
Minister Matthew Hancock repeated the hope that fracking would boost the economy and threatened dire results if it didn't happen - a sure sign he is worried that it will not happen.
IN a further sign of desperation chancellor George Osborne upped the bribery stakes by promising billions of pounds would go into a "sovereign fund" for the north of England, in recognition not only of fears that shale gas will be rejected but the north wants less dependence on Westminster. He needs to take note of the LALC decision. No amount of bribery will compensate for the long-lasting harm fracking would cause.
The cheering news of the week was that a fracking ban has been passed in Denton, the home of fracking. Naturally the industry will contest the ban in the courts. Two other towns set themselves against fracking.
Any opinions here not quotes from the
week's news reports are my own.
News As It Came In
links to original stories
IGAS SET TO LODGE FRACKING APPLICATIONS
We WON! A few thoughts from president Cathy McMullen
Texas oil town makes history as residents say no to fracking
Campaigning residents hit out at pro-fracking peer as they launch High Court battle
voters pass fracking bans
Saying 'NO' to fracking could cost Britain £10bn a year
BILLIONS of pounds from shale gas to boost the North