Yearly Archives: 2012

Press Release: `Lord Smith` demonstrates his contempt for the environment

The announcement by Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, that he supports the use of fracking for shale gas in the UK is a further demonstration the gulf between the concerns of ordinary people and the profit driven motivations […]

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Carbon capture and storage: Having your cake and burning it

  • CCS is idea for sweeping carbon emissions under the rug
  • Driven by psychological need for an easy solutions
  • No evidence that it is actually practical
  • Would require massive and complex system
  • Combines multiple unproven processes
  • CO2 unlikely to stay underground for long enough
  • Could not stop global warming even if it worked
  • Number of pilot projects recently cancelled

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PRESS RELEASE: Residents Say No To Burning Coal Under Swansea Bay

PRESS RELEASE: Residents Say No To Burning Coal Under Swansea Bay

Residents from Swansea teamed up with activist group Frack Off this morning to protest against Underground Coal Gasification outside an industry conference in central London [1].   Swansea Bay has been chosen by extraction company Clean Coal Ltd as a […]

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The fracking Czar - Lord John Browne

The fracking Czar – Lord John Browne

As 30% owner of UK fracker Cuadrilla, and with a seat in the heart of government, Lord John Browne is the UK’s fracking Czar. Indeed, John Browne is an extraordinarily powerful man. Notorious for his involvement in raising student tuition […]

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"People were lighting the streets on fire": 25th anniversary of Coal Bed Methane evacuation

“People were lighting the streets on fire”: 25th anniversary of Coal Bed Methane evacuation

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the forced evacuation of a small village in Wyoming, USA following Coal Bed Methane (CBM) operations nearby. “It’s just kind of strange driving by all those empty houses and knowing what they have been […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Activists denounce earthquake report as `dangerous distraction`

The release today of a second report into the earthquakes caused by Cuadrilla resources’ fracking activity in Lancashire has been met with disdain from environmental activists. The report, commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), concludes that, […]

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gas leaks worldwide

North Sea gas leak one of thousands worldwide

The leak at Total’s North Sea gas well is only one of thousands of gas wells leaking worldwide. Indeed, it’s an issue the industry tries to keep quiet – although it’s known about it for a long time. In 2000, […]

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What does the announcement by IGas actually mean?

  • IGas claims double previous estimate of 4.6 tcf
  • Higher bound estimate for gas in place
  • Actual producible gas is small fraction of this
  • Probably less than a month of gas consumption
  • No chance of even slowing North Sea decline
  • Would require 1000’s wells to produce
  • Not comparable to Polish figures
  • Companies chasing investment cash with spin

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