Yearly Archives: 2014

Fracking Licence Clear Out: Preparation For Sell Off

Fracking Licence Clear Out: Preparation For Sell Off

  • UK 14th Licensing Round is now imminent
  • Plans to hand over 60% of UK to frackers
  • Preparations underway by the government
  • Official notice publish in an EU journal
  • Unused licences are being clawed back
  • Where companies are failing to drill wells
  • 26 licences relinquished in last few months
  • Small fraction of existing onshore licences
  • But is no cause for celebration at present
  • Could soon be re-licensed to other companies
  • Licensing system designed to maximise drilling
  • New round could start as soon as early July
  • Organised communities needed to resist

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Crawberry Hill Day 45 (Tues 24th Jun)

Crawberry Hill Day 45 (Tues 24th Jun)

Community blockade of Rathlin Energy’s Crawberry Hill fracking site In Walkington continues. See below for more photos.

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West Newton Day 44 (Mon 23rd Jun)

West Newton Day 44 (Mon 23rd Jun)

Rathlin Energy’s fracking site at West Newton was drilled in 2013 but Rathlin now wants to return to perform a mini-frac on the Bowland Shale.

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Crawberry Hill Day 42 (Sat 21st Jun)

Crawberry Hill Day 42 (Sat 21st Jun)

Community blockade of Rathlin Energy’s Crawberry Hill fracking site In Walkington continues. See below for more photos.

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New Lancashire Threat: Cuadrilla`s Fracking Plans

New Lancashire Threat: Cuadrilla`s Fracking Plans

  • Cuadrilla submits new planning application
  • Large pad with 4 horizontal shale gas wells
  • Plan to be drilled and fracked over 2 years
  • Second site nearby, application public soon
  • Plans tailored to hide impacts at this stage
  • Trying to advance project without opposition
  • But application reveals many lurking issues
  • Would become critical at production stage
  • One site takes 7% of region’s spare water
  • Full scale fracking would overwhelm system
  • Threat to water supply of 6.6 million people
  • Site would use 65% of fracking waste capacity
  • Vast new frac waste disposal system needed
  • Most waste not treatable, would accumulate
  • Site requires over 20,000 vehicle movements
  • Production needs water/waste storage ponds
  • Wake up call for communities to get organised

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Crawberry Hill Day 39 (Weds 18th Jun)

Crawberry Hill Day 39 (Weds 18th Jun)

Community blockade of Rathlin Energy’s Crawberry Hill fracking site In Walkington continues.

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Crawberry Hill Day 38 (Tues 17th Jun)

Crawberry Hill Day 38 (Tues 17th Jun)

Continued police harassment of camp outside Rathlin Energy’s Crawberry Hill fracking site. See below for more photos.

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Crawberry Hill Day 34 (Fri 13th Jun)

Crawberry Hill Day 34 (Fri 13th Jun)

Ongoing camp outside Rathlin Energy’s fracking site at Crawberry Hill.

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