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Latest Digest Week Ending 20th April 2014

Brace Yourself for the Shale Oil Invasion

4000 holes in Blackpool Lancashire - the pollution prospects in PEDL165

UK news highlights

Contrary to my prediction, the BGS/DECC report on the Weald and Wessex shale basins will not now appear, even though reports suggest it is complete. Why? Because the government, in an act of pure cowardice, has put the lid on the report until after the May elections. The report is trailed to predict a huge shale oil shale rush by frackers in the Tory south-east. From Kent to Hampshire and Dorset, voters will realise they are to be seriously fracked, if Cameron and Osborne get their way.

The Winter Gardens in Blackpool will be the scene of much activity on Thursday, as activists from all over the country are expected to voice their disbelief at the spurious promises of jobs at the "supply chain" conference.

The government continues using every trick in the book to push fracking - fixing the law, now conning G7 into believing the UK gives a damn about Europe.

Outside the UK

Channel 4 wakes up to the North Dakota flaring scandal.

Indian fracking delayed.

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

Ministerís visit set to spark fracking protest

Shale gas trucks crash in Pennsylvania

Brighton Pavilion MP slams fracking and says protests like Balcombe will continue

Anti-fracking protesters expected after Cuadrilla submits new application to drill in Balcombe

Fracking in East Yorkshire? Trespass law change could encourage shale gas firms

Fracking activists set up protest camp

Shale to boost jobs across the supply chain

How North Dakota's fracking frenzy is wasting natural gas

Oilex may take almost two months to begin fracking Indian well

Fracking - the clean fight against dirty fuels

Ministers want to change trespass law to boost fracking

UK Pushing G7 for Shale Gas and Nuclear Focus to Loosen Russia Energy Grip

Former Mobil Oil exec urges brakes on gas fracking

Fracking expert Mark Zoback: We need good science, good engineering, good regulations and good enforcement

IGas shares soar as government plans to free up rules on fracking

Next disruptive shale technology will improve recoveries: Schlumberger fellow

Updated: BREAKING: Jury awards $3 million in first fracking case

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