Week Ending 20th April 2014
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UK news highlights
The most welcome news of the week came on Thursday, when the trial of Caroline Lucas and 4 other defendants ended with the accused being acquitted on all charges.
Another hero emerged as Will held off police for eight hours in the first lock-on at Daneshill
On a lighter but encouraging note the World Irish Dancing Championships will feature a group presenting an anti-fracking programme.
Anti-fracking seeds are sprouting else where in the north of England, and again David Cameron is reminded the great majority of people favour wind farms, but are cautious or opposed to fracking.
Outside the UK
Two significant reports emerged this week. One made the UK headlines, the other didn't.
Well-reported was a new study in the US which concluded that methane leaks from fracking wells could be between 100 and 1000 times as extensive as the US EIA has so far thought. A point the report made which is of importance to the UK at this time is that leaks were found to be high not only during a well's production stage but during drilling.
Making less impact - reported only in New Zealand and Italian media as far as we have found - is that a report by a panel of experts, chaired by Keele University's Profesor Peter Styles) suggests a link between oil operations and the eathquakes of 2012 which killed 27 people, injured hundreds and caused widespread devastation and economic damage.
The operations investigated and coming under suspicion included oil flow stimulation by fluid injection. The news article trailing this damaging report appeared in Science magazine.
We can only theorise as to why this has not appeared in the UK press.
Perhaps no-one dare suggest here that an operation which may be described as fracking has caused so much death and destruction. David Cameron would not like that.
Any opinions here not quotes from the
week's news reports are my own.
News As It Came In
links to original stories
Poll: Public prefers wind to fracking as a next door neighbour
Residentsí shock over vehicle claim in fracking row
'Anti-fracking graffiti' sprayed at Rathlin Energy drilling site at Crawberry Hill near Walkington
UPDATE 1-France's Total calls time on Polish shale license
IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable
Anti-fracking demonstrator chains himself to drilling rig
Expert to shout about fracking at conference
Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000x Higher Than EPA Estimates
Big Leaks Found in Pennsylvania Fracking Wells
Wells Spew Greenhouse Gas During Pre-Fracking Drilling
Italian region says fracking may have caused quakes
Fracking methane leaks at least 100 times larger than EPA estimated, say researchers
Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development
Ken Livingstone: Caroline Lucas deserves a medal
Anti-fracking campaigners voice injection well fears
Anti-fracking protestor arrested after eight hour stand off with police
Dance troupe bring anti-fracking message to World Irish Dancing Championships
Caroline Lucas cleared of all charges over anti-fracking protests