Week Ending 16th June 2013
On Monday reports came in of the
arrival of Cuadrilla's rig at Balcombe.
Protestors planned to set up a Rigwatch. Drilling
started on Tueday, with opponents questioning
whether this was a water monitoring borehole, the
test well, and in either case whether Cuadrilla
had been granted the necessary permits by DECC.
It appeared after an EA inspection that it was a
monitoring borehole which did not require EA
Also in Sussex, Celtique, having
been outed by Frack Off, admit they are
interested in shale gas at Wisborough and
Fernhurst, and we assume, Broadford Bridge.
Tim Yeo's head rolled - temporarily at least - as
he stood down as chairman of the Energy and
Climate Change Committee. Mixed news as his
replacement by an avid pro-fracker such as Dan
Byles would be a disaster. We can only hope Peter
Lilley is out of the running! Yeo's temporary
replacement Robert Smith was instantly accused of
having oil interests.
Details of the Centrica deal emerged on Thursday. Centrica has bought into a 25% stake in Cuadrilla's Bowland Shale operation. They will be able to set exploration costs against their other (offshore) profits, meaning the UK taxpayer is now and for the next ten years subsidising shale gas exploration. Cuadrilla's Egan conned the press into thinking he was going to bring gas bills down, and his figures hid the fact that Cuadrilla are now planning more wells than before, and with a bigger pad size.
US "experts" estimated the
UK's reserves as producing ten years of gas.
Surprising that they know more than the British
Geological Survey. Maybe ;-) A crumb of comfort
comes from the fact that ten years is very
different from decades" or centuries we have
been hearing in the absurd claims of some
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
Caution and Hurdles Remain Over UK Shale Gas
Reserves and Industry
invest in energy? Try Dow Chemicals!
to import US shale gas?
Guardian: Tim Yeo steps down
Yeo's replacement has oil interests
US Report - UK shale and gas
reserves could provide nearly a decade of fuel
Telegraph: Shale could fuel UK for
10-years say experts
"Apply wind farm rules to
fracking" - Munt
Sussex concerns grow as Celtique's
fracking ambition is outed
(Ex?) Cuadrilla mouthpiece- We won't
bring bills down
Frackademia: Uni of Tennessee Set to
Lease Forest For Fracking, Enriching Governor's
Centrica deal details emerge
View: The Economics of Shale Gas in Europe
Why America's Shale Oil Boom Could End Sooner Than You Think
Telegraph prints Cuadrilla false boasts
Mail Online: When lowering doesn't mean reducing
Express: British Gas goes for shale
Mirror: Billions for the government
LEP: £160m investment in shale gas will ‘put county ahead’
Fracking boom in US but few jobs
Fracking Is Already Straining U.S. Water Supplies