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

September 21st, 2016 |

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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.

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

September 15th, 2016 |
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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

September 15th, 2016 |

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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Fracking Lancashire

September 9th, 2016 |

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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Lancashire fracking prospect causes stress, suspicion and fractured communities – new research

August 31st, 2016 |

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“The prospect of fracking for shale gas in Lancashire has already had a profound effect on local people, according to new research.

A study by (Dr) Anna Szolucha, of the University of Bergan in Norway, found that even before exploration had begun residents living near proposed sites had experienced stress and anxiety.

Much of this was caused by what she described as “a profound sense of moral outrage” at the activities of the gas company, local authorities and the government.”

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Reaction to the report also reported by Drill or Drop  here:

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Exposure to Chemicals Released During Fracking May Harm Fertility

August 25th, 2016 |

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to altered hormone levels, ovarian development in mice

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Susan Nagel and her team released a study that is the first of its kind to link exposure to chemicals released during fracking to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in mice. Scientists believe that exposure to these chemicals also could pose a threat to human development.

 

The evidence of the negative impacts of fracking are still accumulating with new environmental, geological and medical reports being published every month.

Read about the latest to emerge from the University of Missouri in their press release here:

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Date announced for more powerful Oil and Gas Authority

August 9th, 2016 |

Greg_ClarkThe Oil and Gas Authority will be established as an independent regulator by the UK Government, with new powers that mean it can act with greater speed and flexibility to drive investment, support jobs and further the UK’s competitive edge in the oil and gas industry to ensure the UK remains an attractive destination for investment.

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy made the announcement during a visit to Aberdeen where he met with oil and gas industry representatives, visited leading local business ROVOP and chaired a round table with local businesses at Aberdeen & Grampian Chambers of Commerce.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark commented:

The oil and gas industry is crucial to our energy security, economy and our cross-government industrial strategy.

As one of the UK’s largest industrial sectors and having one of the most highly skilled workforces in the world, we are determined to continue to work together to secure its long-term success.

Creating the Oil and Gas Authority and giving it powers to drive greater collaboration and efficiency will help attract investment, support jobs and make sure UK oil and gas remains competitive for the future.

It gives the Oil and Gas Authority new powers including: access to operators meetings; data acquisition and retention; dispute resolution; and sanctions. It also enables the transfer of the Secretary of State’s existing regulatory powers in respect of oil and gas to the Oil and Gas Authority.

Andy Samuel, Oil and Gas Authority Chief Executive, said:

We are delighted to welcome Greg Clark for his first visit to Aberdeen today as Secretary of State, just weeks after being appointed.

Over the last year, we have worked closely with our colleagues in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and other government departments to put in place the legislative and regulatory foundations to support Oil and Gas Authority’s transition to an independent government company, including the passing of the Maximising Economic Recovery UK Strategy in March and the Energy Act just two months later.

Government Company status formalises our position as a strong and effective authority with a full suite of regulatory powers to have a positive, transformational effect. Like industry, we are bound by the obligations of the Maximising Economic Recovery UK Strategy, and will continue to deliver on our priorities to drive collaboration, influence and promote the remaining prospectivity of the UK Continental Shelf.

Notes to editors:

  • There are still a number of matters which must be concluded before the Oil and Gas Authority formally becomes a Government Company. Vesting is the phrase we use to describe the process.
  • This process consists of completing a number of final regulations and administrative issues
  • The Government has committed measures worth £2.3bn to ensure the UK Continental Shelf remains an attractive destination for investment.Full Report here:
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Local people have first call on shale wealth fund, says government, as consultation opens

August 8th, 2016 |

Once again the Government insults the residents of Lancashire, and the rest of the UK, by offering personal bribes to accept fracking.

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People have 11 weeks to comment on government proposals for payments from a shale wealth fund in a consultation which opened today.

The consultation document said:

“Local communities should be the first to benefit from the shale wealth fund, and they should get to decide how a proportion of the funding is used”.

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Lancaster MP requests urgent fracking meeting with minister

July 13th, 2016 |

Lancaster MP Cat Smith has requested an urgent meeting with Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to discuss fracking in Lancashire.

Cat Smith speaking in Parliamant.
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Fracking ‘will break UK climate targets unless rules are made stricter’

July 7th, 2016 |

The Government Committee on Climate Change report released today, article from The Guardian,  Damian Carrington, Thursday 7 July 2016 below.

Government advisers also say more action would be needed to cut emissions in other areas to cope with full-scale fracking
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Shale gas production will break the UK’s climate change targets unless there is stricter regulation now, according to the government’s official advisers.

More action to cut carbon emissions in other areas would also be needed to cope with full-scale fracking, despite the government already struggling to meet existing commitments.

But the government says it will take no regulatory action in response to the report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), arguing that the current regime is “adaptive” and will change if fracking companies go into full scale production. It says it is important to take advantage of the “fantastic opportunity” of fracking and that it is determined to meet its carbon targets.

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