Week Ending 10th November 2013

UK news highlights

A quiet week? Seems so so far. The news that Cuadrilla has signed a new 30 year lease at Balcombe made the press. Local campaigners were understandably disgusted. The view was expressed that no way could the operation be viable without fracking, whatever Cuadrilla have claimed to-date.

Also reported was the evidence session in front of the Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs from US pro-fracking professor Robert Muller, who described in glowing detail new advances which meant fracking was safe and would be super-productive in the UK. Perhaps he doesn't know that the "new" technology to replace fracking - nitrogen foam - is an old practice which (according to Prof Styles of Keele) was used to stimulate (not frack) Elswick in the Fylde in 1993.

Cuadrilla were due to take the stand on Tuesday. It is hard to believe that their evidence will be lapped up by a committee which has shown itself heavily packed with pro-frackers, and has been downright rude to FoE/Greenpeace/WWF giving evidence on environmental and climate change issues.
I can predict the outcome of the committee's final report now!

Good news from East Kent. Coastal Oil and Gas withdrew 3 test drilling applications. This is a victory - even if temporary - for the opponents of these plans and shows once again the frackers are incompetent. If they are unable to submit a planning application that is valid and acceptable how can they expect us to trust them with their drilling and fracking?

Minister Michael Fallon declared war when he told counties across the south to prepare for fracking. he also pledged to block wind farms. So it's battle stations for Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Elsewhere

Voters in three out of four Colorado cities chose a moratorium on fracking. In Oklahoma a scientist wants to test if fracking causes earthquakes. Stupid question, he just needs to ask the residents of the Fylde, the BGS and DECC. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner advised people to take out earthquake insurance.


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

News As It Came In with links to original stories

Monday

British Draft Report Dispels Shale Gas Myths: More pro-fracking propaganda

Centrica threatening to pull plug on £2bn offshore wind farm plan

Tuesday

Colorado voters to decide on pot proposals, fracking restrictions

Cuadrilla signs 30-year lease for Balcombe fracking site

Fracking returns set to double

Wednesday

Fracking bans pass in 3 Colorado cities

Residents pacified as Duke of Rutland says he has no fracking plans

If you think fracking is a free-market success story, think again

Oklahoma Scientist to Test if Fracking Causes Earthquakes

Thursday

David Cameron was wrong to raise public's hopes on fracking, says energy expert

Fracking Is Losing the PR Battle

Friday

Fracking report - Not enough data on how risk cut

Saturday

Fracking 'is safe... and it's coming soon'
Households “right across the South” should prepare for gas fracking to begin in their areas, a senior minister warns

New German government would put moratorium on fracking, cut wind energy support

Sunday

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