Many thanks to Ruth Hayhurst and Corporate Watch for this article.
Guest post by Corporate Watch: People behind Cuadrilla win state approval to keep identities secret.
In this guest post, Corporate Watch reveals that the UK fracking company, Cuadrilla, has used legislation designed to increase corporate transparency to hide the identity of the people who control it.
Shale gas regulation is not “up to scratch” – High Court challenge to Lancs fracking consent
Photo: Cheryl Atkinson
The Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, should not have approved Cuadrilla’s fracking plans because shale gas regulation was not good enough, the High Court heard this afternoon.
The argument was part of a legal challenge brought by a Lancashire resident to Mr Javid’s decision to grant permission for drilling, fracking and testing up to four shale gas wells at Preston New Road, near Blackpool.
Mr Javid’s decision, announced in October 2016, followed the recommendation of an inspector at a public inquiry and overruled the refusal of permission by Lancashire County Council.
Marc Willers QC, for the resident Gayzer Frackman, told the court in Manchester this afternoon:
Cuadrilla asks court to outlaw access at Lancashire fracking site
Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site. Photo: Frack Free Creators Knitting Nanas Lancashire
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, is going to court on Monday to try to renew an injunction at its Preston New Road fracking site at Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.
A hearing before a High Court judge in Manchester seeks to prevent access to the site, where work began in January in advance of drilling and fracking.
This is why we have to stop fracking getting underway in the UK!
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Judy Eckert holding water contaminated with arsenic drawn from her private well. In 2007 Guardian Exploration drilled and fracked a Marcellus well 450ft from her home, which she believes is part of the cause of her contaminated her water supply. In 2010 DEP found a waste pit buried illegally into her season high water table. To learn more about her case you can donate to receive a copy of Triple Divide — a Public Herald documentary on fracking. - courtesy © J.B.Pribanic
“The oil and gas industry says that these health problems are not proven to be caused by fracking. That is partially true—especially since agencies like the PA DEP have actively hidden complaints or even failed to test the water of residents, as Public Herald reported. With the new head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, determined to dismantle the agency and its protections, we will likely never have definitive proof. Some health problems, as cancer and some neurologic problems also take years to develop after an exposure.”
Cuadrilla takes shale activist row to Government claiming that local firms will lose out due to protestors.
Protest at Preston New Road on 20 February 2017. Photo used by Drill or Drop with the permission of the author.
The press regulator has received multiple complaints about an article by the Telegraph referring to arrests at Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site.
The article, about protests at the Preston New Road site, near Blackpool, said:
“There have been a dozen arrests related to verbal death threats and physical assault against workers at Cuadrilla’s site in the last month but some forms of legal protest action are carried out with the police in attendance.” (posted on the Telegraph website 7pm, 18 February 2017)
Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists.
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They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked wells over a ten-year period in four states.
The biggest problems were reported in oil-rich North Dakota where 67% of the spills were recorded.
The largest spill recorded involved 100,000 litres of fluid with most related to storing and moving liquids.
February 18, 2017 | 12:12 PM By Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front
“At the time of the quakes, Hilcorp was conducting a “zipper” fracture, a technique where two parallel, horizontal wells are fracked in tandem. Pelepko says this technique enlarges the pressure zone near the wells during hydraulic fracturing, stimulating the release of oil and gas by injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into rock formations. Pelepko says pressure can also be a factor in inducing earthquakes.”