Week Ending 19th May 2013
UK news included the revelation that Cuadrilla, despite their talk about willingness to acces regulation, have in fact been opposing it. But the main news of the week was that energy minister Michael Fallon told MPs at the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Unconventional Gas and Oil that the government is rolling out the red carpet to frackers. regulation was nopw rebust, and therte was nothiong to stop the holders of over 300 licences for submitting applications. One wonders what has changed. Apart from a nod to help prevent earthquakes, what regulation has changed? The only promise the government has made regarding regulation is to amend it to smooth the way for frackers.
Relevant to forward planning by the anti-fracking campaign was the announcement that the 14th round of applications for new licences will happen in 2014. If anything this is in fact a further delay.
The Institute of Directors trailed a new report from them next week on the economic benefits of fracking. How they can provide a new report when the BGS has not even produced a new guestimate for gas in place, and the frackers are complaining about delays in testing to assess how much of the gas can be extracted is extremely questionable, and unless the IOD comes up with some new sound figures on gas reserves - an impossible job - their new report will no doubt be hype and optimistic guesswork.
Cuadrilla built on their argument that their plans to drill stacked horizontals and multi-lateral horizontal wells would reduce the effect onn the local environment
In the Fylde a new group - Defend Lytham - has emerged on the anti-fracking scene. In fact the group is one which had considerable support and success in the past and has been lying dormant. I hope they can add substantially to the work being done by other groups locally. In Balcombe a new group of local people No Fracking in Balcombe has emerged to counter Cuadrilla's threat to drill and adic-frack there for shale gas and oil. Shale oil has emerged as a potentially more damaging and longer term technology than shale gas in the US, and companies are starting to look at the UK potential.
The IoD reported IGas were keen to get ahead fracking Irlam, near Manchester, and in Wales oddball Algy Cluff promised Wales he qould go ahead on UCG projects.
The argument about Obama's new rules for fracking federal land rumbled on, and the administration has now, it seems, cleared the way for further exports of American gas. India is keen on the prospect. The new US Energy Secretary, a pro-fracker, has raised concern.
Any opinions here not quotes from the
week's news reports are my own. Alan Tootill
News As It Came In with
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Greenpeace on flaring
Local action can stop fracking
Campaigners at fracking event
Times article shows reason for Cuadrilla delay
Cuadrilla's meeting with Balcombe Parish Council.
IEA flags eastern demand rise and Canadian tar sands among game changers
Michael Fallon rolls out red carpet to frackers
Australian chemicals expert to brief Cuckfield
Fallon tells APPG for UGO all ready to go in fracking race
UK shale gas programme to 'accelerate', say ministers
Scale confirmed - 330 licences already granted
Fallon promises "Responsible" development
IOD says shale gas will boost economy, says IGas wants to frack Irlam
EU Climate Commissioner Hedegaard: Forget US-style shale gas revolution
New fracking rules on US federal lands, unveiled, lightening the load on the industry
FT - US fracking rules given mixed reception
New Fracking Rules Show US Bowing to Industry
Relaunch of successful Fylde action group to tackle fracking
Scientific American - Fracking Can Be Done Safely, but Will It Be?
Study Finds no Trace of Fracking Fluid in Arkansas Drinking Water
UK promotes Tar Sands against EU policy
Bengal hurdles to shale gas
Land, a key issue in tapping shale gas potential: ONGC chief
Shale gas fan Moniz confirmed as US energy secretary
US shale gas production driving investment
UK shale gas prospects called into question
Cluff restates plan for UCG in Wales
Cuadrilla's deceptive spin in full flow
Australian campaigner Marianne Lloyd-Smith to talk in Holyrood
Fracking moves into the suburbs
U.S. clears shale gas export to India