Digest
Index


Contact Us

 
 

Special
Reports

 

 Earlier
Digests

20th July

13th July

6th July

29th June

22nd June

15th June

8th June

1st June

25th May

18th May

11th May

4th May

27th April

20th April

13th April

6th April

30th March

23rd March

16th March

9th March

2nd March

23rd February

16th February

9th February

2nd February

26th January

19th January

12th January

5th January

2013

29th December

22nd December

15th December

8th December

1st December

24th November

17th November

10th November

3rd November

27th October

20th October

13th October

6th October

29th September

22nd September

15th September

8th September

1st September

25th August

18th August

11th August

4th August

28th July

21st July

14th July

7th July

30th June

23rd June

16th June

9th June

2ndJune

 26th May

 19th May

 12th May

 5th May

 28th April

 21st April

 14th April

 7th April

 31st March

 24th March

 17th March

For earler history Read

 

Latest Digest Week Ending 27th July 2014

UK news highlights

The main stories -

BREAKING NEWS - CELTIQUE TEST DRILLNG REFUSED IN SUSSEX!

The Telegraph seemed to regard this as a body blow for UK fracking. Who are we to disagree?

A major story broke on Monday morning with publication of a new report on fracking from Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

The report is an independent assessment which draws heavily on academic research. It highlights:

Major shortcomings in regulatory oversight regarding local environmental and public health risks.
The large potential for UK shale gas exploitation to undermine national and international efforts to tackle climate change.
The water-intensive nature of the fracking process which could cause water shortages in many areas.

Taken overall the report is a surprisingly damning indictment of every claim made by the fracking industry and its supporters, the likely effects of fracking on the environment, health, climate change, water supllies...inadequacy of UK regulation and the duplicity of politicians.

Friends of the Earth Europe produced a report subtitled A Who's Who of the EU Shale Gas Lobby which shows just how deep the oil and gas companies has infiltrated Brussels, peddled lies and misinformation and worked to decrease any regulation of their industry.

For reasons not entirely understood, IGas have dropped seismic testing near Glazebury and Astley. This is turning into a very bad week for the frackers.

Other news

No Dash For Gas announced they will be coming to the Blackpool area for their next Reclaim The Power event, celebrating the stand for social, environmental and economic justice. Dates are set from 14th to 20th August.

IGas went on the propaganda offensive with news of a new report (which they didn't produce) claiming they could sink 300 wells on 30 pads and generate 3500 jobs in Greater Manchester. Readers of this Digest will remember the estimates for 300 wells lifetime output of gas is between 330 billion cubic feet according to the US Geological Survey and one trillion using Cuadrilla's (IoD) estimates. When the country "needs" 3 TRILLION cubic feet PER YEAR, that's an awful lot of damage for a maximum of 4 MONTHS of gas over twenty or thirty years. It is a lot of profit for the gas companies though, demonstrating what a lucrative business this is.

Ex Tory Minister Herbert opposed Celtique's Sussex plans.

Hazard magazine listed the perils to fracking workers.

Action alert in Fermanagh as Tamboran move forward with fracking plans. The announcement they want to frack sparked an anti-fracking protest attracting hundreds at the proposed site near Belcoo.

Ineos, the operator of the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland has been promised a £230 million loan guarantee from the UK Treasury to import US shale gas.

Police watchdog NetPol announced a new initiative to abolish police bail conditions which have been used excessively and in many eyes unlawfully to quash civil dissent. The message is clear, and one with which few would disagree unless you accept we are living in a police state. Police should not be allowed to impose restrictive bail conditions and delay charging, using the combination as a political tool. If they believe they have a case they should charge and bring before a court.

On the day West Sussex County Council was to deliberate the Wisborough Green Celtique application the council was accused of pro-fracking bias.

BUT the brilliant news was that the council meeting UNANIMOUSLY voted to REFUSE the application. This doesn't guarantee Celtique won't be back to try again, but it is a milestone in the battle against fracking. The focus is now on Lancashire for the next victory. A brave Fylde Borough Councillor moves a motion to impose a moratorium on fracking.

Elsewhere A report claims Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals for days after a spill which killed over 70,000 fish and polluted a water-supply river.

South African activists called for a moratorium on fracking to be reimposed.


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

3,500 jobs and £10bn boost if north west embraces fracking

Fracking: Tory ex-minister Nick Herbert opposes drilling in West Sussex village

Shale gas and ‘fracking’: examining the evidence

Fracking firm hit by double legal block

Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill

Geologist to provide testimony against fracking company

Chemicals, dust and deaths and the new rush for oil and gas

ANTI-FRACKING ACTION CAMP

TAMBORAN NOTIFIES DOE OF INTENTION TO DRILL EXPLORATORY BOREHOLE IN FERMANAGH

Hundreds attend County Fermanagh anti-fracking protest

Fracking Brussels: A who's who of the EU shale gas lobby

Netpol calls for abolition of police bail conditions for protest arrests

Zuma must halt fracking in Karoo: AfriForum

Council accused of pro-fracking stance at Pulborough drop in

West Sussex County Council's planning committee reject plan from Celtique Energie to drill at Wisborough Green for oil and shale gas

Fracking: blow for hopes of UK shale energy boom as council throws out drilling plans

Massive victory! West Sussex says we're 'not for shale'

Appeal for fracking to be put on hold

Fracking tests in Glazebury and Astley cancelled

  Links to other
anti-fracking sites