DCLG: new financial support for councils dealing with fracking applications announced!

The most heavily subsidised industry in the world receives even more taxpayers money to pave the way for the destruction of our environment and water then, when they have taken their profits offshore and finished with the site, they will doubtless liquidate the company and leave the cost of the clean up with the landowners.

The Government is bribing Mineral Waste Authorities to process the applications, this money will go directly to the council (LCC, NYC etc), it is doubtful that the majority of Councillors who sit on the planning committees will be aware of this.

DCLG announces £800,000 to help councils handle shale gas applications

2 December 2016 by John Geoghegan, Planning resource

The government has announced a new tranche of funding worth £800,000 that councils can bid for to help them deal with shale gas planning applications.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has also published a new Shale Gas Prospectus setting out how mineral planning authorities can bid for the funding.

A letter to council planning chiefs from DCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain  (click for the full text of the letter) said the new £800,000 pot is a continuation of funding provided last year.

Last year, the government made £1.2million of funding available for mineral planning authorities for 2015/16 for the same purpose.

The prospectus states: “The government recognises shale represents a new area for mineral planning authorities and that it will present complex and challenging issues for them in processing shale planning applications.

“This will support mineral planning authorities in processing and considering shale planning applications in an efficient, timely and effective manner.”

The document goes on to say that the nature of shale gas development could mean that an authority “might need to draw on additional technical expertise” or “additional support” to “manage and assess representations made on the application efficiently”.

Authorities can bid when they reach “defined trigger points” in the planning application process, which are outlined in the prospectus. These points must be reached on or before 17 February 2017.

They will be eligible to bid for funding up to a maximum amount at key stages during the planning application process. For the pre-application stage, the maximum bid level is £30,000; for post-receipt of an application up to £110,000; and post-decision, up to £20,000.

The prospectus says that funds will be allocated “on a first come-first served basis”.

To be eligible for funding, the authority must confirm that the bid “relates to a proposal, planning application or planning permission for development involving the boring for, or getting of, oil or gas from shale and is for a site within an area covered by a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence”.

In addition to the £800,000 funding, mineral planning authorities can also “request complementary support from the Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS) to help them with the development of their community engagement strategy” as well as advice from the Planning Advisory Service.

The full prospectus can be found here.

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Josh Fox in the UK Next Week…

Academy Award nominated director Josh Fox, who brought us the award winning documentaries Gasland, Gasland 2 and The Sky is Pink has turned his attention to Climate Change and he is coming to the UK to screen his new documentary, “How to let go of the world and love the things climate can’t change”.

SCREENING EVENT-  FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER, 9PM at the Odeon cinema,  Rigby Road.  There will be a Q&A with Josh following the  screening.

You can book your tickets from here: https://uk.demand.film/how-to-let-go/

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Check out the link below to see the full UK Tour schedule, venues include BLACKPOOL, MANCHESTER, LONDON, BASINGSTOKE, LIVERPOOL GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, LEEDS AND WREXHAM
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The world reacts to Lancashire fracking news…

Here is a collection of news articles reacting to the UK governments overturning of Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject fracking for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/06/uk-fracking-decision-is-nothing-short-of-hypocrisy?CMP=share_btn_fb

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/06/uk-fracking-given-go-ahead-as-lancashire-council-rejection-is-overturned

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/06/hes-rewriting-the-rules-locals-furious-sajid-javid-fracking-intervention

https://www.rt.com/uk/361802-fracking-lancashire-overruled-democracy/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/lancashire-fracking-decision_uk_57f605cfe4b012652682080e

http://www.ecowatch.com/fracking-uk-2032623535.html

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14787282.Tim_Farron_slams_decision_to_allow_fracking_in_Lancashire/

 

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Lancashire Fracking Decision OVERTURNED!

BREAKING NEWS!

It has been announced this morning that Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject fracking at two sites has been overturned by Government.

The decision has been overturned at the Preston New Road site, however the decision to overturn the Roseacre site has been put on hold.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fracking-lancashire-cuadrilla-sajid-javid-planning-permission-overturned-a7347576.html

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Everything you need to know about radon

Radon is the elephant in the room for the shale gas industry, it is rarely mentioned unless an anti fracker raises the subject you can find everything you need to know about Radon, the second biggest cause of lung cancer next to tobacco, here:

 

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Shale gas and nuclear: The economic and moral bankruptcy of UK energy policy

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By Prof Peter Strachan and Prof Alex Russell

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Today the first tanker load of US shale gas arrives at the INEOS plant in Grangemouth, as part of a massive investment by the chemicals giant, which also wants to exploit possible reserves in Scotland, using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”. This week the UK government is expected to sign a deal with French electricity giant EDF and a Chinese partner for the £16bn Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset.

 

Read the full interesting article here:

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Lancashire campaigner prepares for legal fight against government approval of Cuadrilla fracking plans

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An anti-fracking campaigner launched a crowdfunding campaign tonight for a legal challenge to any government approval of Cuadrilla’s plans for shale gas exploration in Lancashire.

Gayzer Frackman, from Lytham, told an event at a London chambers he expected the government would permit fracking near Blackpool.

The Communities and Local Government Secretary, Sajid Javid, will announce within days whether Cuadrilla should be allowed to frack at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.

The company appealed against Lancashire County Council’s decisions in June last year to refuse planning permission for both sites. The inspector at a six-week public inquiry in Blackpool has already submitted her recommendations to the government. The final decision by Mr Javid will be announced by 6 October 2016.

Two community groups, which took part in the appeal, have said their future action would depend on Mr Javid’s decision.

Full Drill or Drop Article here:

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Josh Fox is coming to the UK again to screen his new documentary!

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Josh Fox, the man who brought us the award winning documentaries Gasland, Gasland2 and The Sky is Pink has turned his attention to Climate Change and he is coming to the UK to screen his new documentary, “How to let go of the world and love the things climate can’t change”.

 
Josh will be in Blackpool on Friday October 14th full details of all the venues, dates and a link to book your seat below.
 

SCREENING EVENT! FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER 9PM –

Academy Award winning film director of Gasland, Josh Fox is screening his new movie “How to let go of the world and love the things climate can’t change” in BLACKPOOL as part of a UK Tour.

The Blackpool screening is on Friday 14th October at 9pm at the Odeon at Rigby Road.

There will be a Q&A with Josh following the Blackpool screening.

This UK tour is on a demand basis so each venue will ONLY go ahead if a certain number of tickets are sold.

To book your tickets for Blackpool visit this link… https://tickets.demand.film/event/1054 Please share as widely as possible on Facebook!

Check out the link below to see the full UK Tour schedule, venues include BLACKPOOL, MANCHESTER, LONDON, BASINGSTOKE, LIVERPOOL GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, LEEDS AND WREXHAM.

You can book your tickets from here: https://uk.demand.film/
Josh will do an introduction at the early showing and a Q&A at the later one.

Bring your favourite movies to a cinema near you. Crowd source what you want to see with no cost other than your ticket.


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Fylde doesn’t look promising for fracking – veteran US geologist

A veteran US shale geologist now working with INEOS has raised doubts about fracking in a key area of the UK.

Dan Steward, a former vice president of the fracking pioneer Mitchell Energy, told a parliamentary group this afternoon the Bowland Basin in Lancashire didn’t look promising. He said he was worried by the complex structure of the basin.

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Full article here:

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Fracking Lancashire

Caroline Lucas asks the Secretary of State: for what reasons he does not plan to release the Planning Inspector’s report before issuing his decision on those appeals.

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25 July 2016 to Question 42908, for what reasons he does not plan to release the Planning Inspector‘s report before issuing his decision on those appeals; and if he will make it his policy to publish that report in advance of the decision being issued.

See his response here:

You can also vote on whether or not you think he answered her question.

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