Week Ending 13th July 2014
UK news highlights
The main stories -
More evidence emerged of official pro-fracking bias in the Fylde. Cuadrilla were allowed a publicity propaganda stand at Great Eccleston show. However, the local Roseacre anti-fracking group was seemingly denied the same opportinity. In St Annes, after the carnival committee initially gave permission for Frack Free Lancashire to have a stall in the Ashton Gardens, and to walk in the carnival procession collecting for the carnival charity, this was later refused, rumoured to be on the demand of a committee member who is a councillor on Fylde Borough Council.
Another example of curious bias was reported, when FBC denmanded anti-fracking signs erected by a farmer near the Roseacre site be removed, with dire consequences of failing to comply. Since the signs apparently had permission, albeit under diffferent wording, and it is normal practice for councils to negotiate regarding planning matters before issuing severe legal threats, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the Council is now mounting an orchestrated campaign against the anti-fracking movement in the Borough. Some serious questions need asking - who has the influence to steer the Council's unusual actions, and who in the council has vested interests in allowing fracking and seismic monitoring to pass?
Meanwhile, Cuadrilla showed once more they are afraid of the anti-fracking movement by "occupying" the land leased at Preston New Road and Roseacre for fracking. Theyir security company is supposedly established a squat and issued legal notices warning of attempts to remove them. Since the relevant legislation is intended to protect people who actually reside in such a protected area it is laughable that Cuadrilla can make their claim, since the only "home" established on the sites was a single tiny bivouac too small for even one person to claim residence in. Cuadrilla are starting to show their desperation, not to mention a continuing disregard for the law.
Over in Yorkshire, yest another prosecution case was dropped against camp protectors who were arrested and charged with offences under section 241 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992. Unsurprisingly the CPS decided it had insufficient evidence to continue with the prosecution against a well-respected local couple in their 60s.
Down in the nimby south, home of lords of doubtful judgement, Lord Lawson added his voice to say that the poor parts of the North should be fracked.
Oklahoma suffered a bout of fracking-related earthquakes.
In Pennsylvania an ex-senior health official claimed the state had failed to examine health problems in the state due to fracking.
Any opinions here not quotes from the
week's news reports are my own.
News As It Came In
links to original stories
Study reveals fracking risk to drinking water
Beverley fracking protest charges dropped
Farmerís fracking alerts are a sign of the times.
North 'Can Get Rich From Fracking, Not HS2'
Fracking Is Causing an Earthquake Boom in Oklahoma
Expert: Pa. didnít address fracking health impacts