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Shale gas regulation is not “up to scratch” – High Court challenge to Lancs fracking consent!

Shale gas regulation is not “up to scratch” – High Court challenge to Lancs fracking consent

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:

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Cuadrilla asks court to outlaw access at Lancashire fracking site

Cuadrilla asks court to outlaw access at Lancashire fracking site

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.

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“We’re not going anywhere” anti-fracking campaigners respond to John Dewar’s “go away” message

“We’re not going anywhere” anti-fracking campaigners respond to John Dewar’s “go away” message

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Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health – Here’s Why

This is why we have to stop fracking getting underway in the UK!

Judy Stone ,  Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

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“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.”

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Article on Cuadrilla fracking protests prompts 14 complaints to press watchdog

Cuadrilla takes shale activist row to Government claiming that local firms will lose out due to protestors.

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Protest at Preston New Road on 20 February 2017. Photo used by Drill or Drop with the permission of the author.

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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)

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Pennsylvania confirms first fracking-related earthquakes

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“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.”

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Breached traffic rules at Cuadrilla fracking site led to two-car crash – eye witness

Breached traffic rules at Cuadrilla fracking site led to two-car crash – eye witness

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Residents demand stricter monitoring of Cuadrilla’s fracking site

Residents demand stricter monitoring of Cuadrilla’s fracking site

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Residents living near Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Lancashire have called for tougher action from the authorities.

At a meeting yesterday there were complaints that regulation of the Preston New Road site near Blackpool was fragmented and there was no overall control.

Residents who have been calling for radon monitoring said drilling should be delayed for six months so that baseline data could be collected.

There were allegations that planning conditions had been breached and calls for round-the-clock monitoring. One group of opponents said it would it was now watching the site 24-hours a day.

The meeting at Wrea Green brought together eight staff from the Environment Agency, along with officers from Lancashire County Council, Public Health England, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority and Fylde Borough Council.

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Residents feel betrayed over failure to test for radon around Lancashire fracking site

Residents feel betrayed over failure to test for radon around Lancashire fracking site

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Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. Photo: Ros Wills

People living around Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool say they are horrified to learn that there has been no independent testing for the radioactive gas, radon.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has been surveying water and air quality, greenhouse gases, seismicity, ground motion and carbon dioxide in soil around the site at Little Plumpton (details).

But the organisation confirmed to DrillOrDrop that there has been no monitoring of radon in the air or homes, before operations begin at Preston New Road. It also said it was not aware of any radon monitoring in the area by other organisations.

A similar project near Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, has been monitoring for radon. It received a grant from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). But the BGS confirmed there has been no direct government funding for the Lancashire monitoring.

Neither the Fylde nor central areas of the Vale of Pickering have high radon concentrations. But monitoring would create a baseline against which data collected during drilling and fracking can be compared.

The absence of baseline radon data at Preston New Road was spotted by a resident living nearby and raised with his local MP, the Conservative Mark Menzies.

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Council won’t take action over lorry breaches at Cuadrilla fracking site

 

Council won’t take action over lorry breaches at Cuadrilla fracking site

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Lancashire County Council has confirmed that some lorries visiting Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool have not followed the agreed route, in breach of planning conditions. But the council said it won’t be taking action against them.

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