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Week Ending 16th November 2014


UK news highlights

The main stories

The silly season is usually August. But it seems it's November in Glasgow University. You will remember that back in 2011 the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering produced a report giving ten recommendations for regulating onshore fracking. Only one of those was implemented by the government - the "traffic Light" system for minimising risk of seismic events. Now Weataway and Younger of Glasgow want to tear even that up.

Incredibly, Younger himself was a member of the working group for that report. Now, under a smokescreen of false and out-of-date studies, he wants to backtravk. Incredible. Or maybe not so incredible. Younger has his finger well and truly in the oil and gas pie. Here's his CV from the Royals report -

"Paul Younger is a Professor at the Institute for Research on Sustainability at Newcastle University. He is a hydrogeologist and environmental engineer, and is renowned for his pioneering research and outreach programme in community based ecologically integrated remediation techniques for water pollution and abandoned mines. He is a Director at Cluff Geothermal Limited, which focuses on geothermal energy, and Five-Quarter Energy Limited, which champions the xtraction of coal gas in the UK."

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The government suffered another blow when the government-funded UK Energy Reserach Centre came out with a report which even the Telegraph headlined as stating fracking was overhyped and would not cut energy bills. The report slated the government for overhyping fracking and claims about energy security.

The Environment Agency said, unsurprisingly, that it was minded to approve Cuadrilla's environmental permits for the Fylde. A new period of consultation is open for further comments. In our opinion this is a sham consultation designed only to fend off any future legal action.

A bit of cheering news that slipped by us last week, the London Assembly has heavily criticised mayor Boris Johnson for his anti-green policies, and in particular the assembly said
"The London Assembly does not support any fracking activities within the boundaries of Greater London.

Matthew Hancock, whose office seemingly lied to anti-fracking campaigners about having no plans to visit the North-West, announced he was travelling to Blackpool's Blackpool & Fylde College to endorse it as the national centre for fracking studies. This is likely to be the shortest-running course ever when UK fracking is stopped in its tracks.

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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

Fracking firms should be allowed to cause bigger earth tremors, academics claim

SECOND CONSULTATION ON FRACKING SITE

Assembly says no to fracking

Fracking won't cut bills and ministers 'oversold' shale gas benefits, experts say

Blackpool and The Fylde College to be national fracking college

Govt announces fracking training hub as experts say shale overhyped

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