Week Ending 30th March 2014

UK news highlights

The trial of four activists including Caroline Lucas commenced at Brighton Maigstrates Court and continued throughout the week.

More evidence emerged of the infiltration of government by fracking lobbyists as Owen paterson was shown to have convened meetings to try smooth Cuadrilla's passage through environmental permits after prompting by Lord Browne.

A new report from ReFine, a group headed by Durham University's Professor Richard davies, stressed the unknowns about fracking, and the fact that many of the UK's onshore wells were unlocatable, and a number had failed.

Comment continued on last week's striving by Cameron to use the Crimea crisis to justify shale gas plans.

Balcombe turned to solar energy.

Manchester's police commissioner appealed for government help to pay for the GMP policing aka violence at Barton Moss. strong>Outside the UK

A new report claimed a third of wells examined in Pennsylvania had been reported for failures and possible pollution of air and water.

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

Brighton MP goes on trial over anti-fracking protest

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas 'sat on floor to block road to fracking site' before she was arrested in anti-drilling protest

Owen Paterson held urgent meeting for fracking boss, documents show

Fracking safety: report warns of 'significant unknowns'

Fracking won't crack our dependence on Russian gas imports

Hundreds Of Fracking Wells In Pennsylvania Have Been Reported For Air And Water Violations

Sussex ‘Fracking’ village to go solar

Fracking protest levy call by Greater Manchester police chief

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