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Living with an Anti-fracking Camp - A Chester Resident`s Experience

Living with an Anti-fracking Camp – A Chester Resident`s Experience

The following guest-blog was written by Paul Beers. Paul is a resident of Upton, A suburb of Chester threatened by fracking company Dart Energy (recently bought by IGas Energy). Upton hosts a Community Protection Camp set-up on land that has … Continue reading

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Pictures Reveal Scale of Preston New Road Pipeline Works

Pictures Reveal Scale of Preston New Road Pipeline Works

United Utilities say it’s ‘Unfortunate’ that their Preston New Road works are so close to Cuadrilla’s proposed fracking site at Preston New Road. So close that parts of the United Utilities work site and Cuadrilla’s proposed fracking site actually overlap … Continue reading

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Fracking Scotland: Time To Get Organised

Fracking Scotland: Time To Get Organised

  • 4 Frackers focused on the Midland Valley
  • Dart Energy, INEOS, Cluff and Reach CSG
  • UK’s first production application at Airth
  • Outcome of Dart’s planning appeal imminent
  • Dart have permission to drill at Skinflats
  • Production plans for 1,300 wells in PEDL 133
  • IGas acquire Dart to access 1m acres of UK
  • 5 UCG licences already sold in Firth of Forth
  • Cluff Natural Resources plans at Largo Bay
  • More than 1 billion tons of coal targeted
  • Extraction would require over 4,000 wells
  • Plans to sell all Central Belt to frackers
  • 14th Onshore License round happening now
  • Communities getting organised to resist threat
  • Now is the time to get informed and organised

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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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Seismic Surveys: The Fracking Spearhead

Seismic Surveys: The Fracking Spearhead

  • Frackers planning new seismic surveys
  • IGas survey done already in East Midlands
  • Now plans for survey at Glazebury, Warrington
  • Aurora planning survey near Formby in May
  • Survey data used to facilitate future fracking
  • Survey process itself can be highly intrusive
  • Impacts from noise to structural damage
  • Involves coating area in cables, geophones etc.
  • Explosives often used to create sound waves
  • Companies trespass on gardens and fields
  • Surveys have spawned global resistance
  • From tearing up cables to blocking roads
  • Informed, organised communities crucial

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Frackers Close To Getting Their Hands On 60% Of UK

Frackers Close To Getting Their Hands On 60% Of UK

  • Government pushing new licensing round
  • Give away of 60% of UK to fracking companies
  • Justified by strategic environmental assessment
  • Report written by fracking consultants, AMEC
  • Public consultation on report ends 28th March
  • New fracking give away could begin soon after
  • Report ignores massive scale and intensity
  • Focuses just on shale gas, ignores CBM threat
  • Completely ignores a large number of impacts
  • Assumes someone else will deal with issues
  • Ignores evidence from US, Canada & Australia
  • Assumes things will somehow be different here
  • Overlooks the radically new nature of fracking

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GUEST BLOG: "I am sorry Ecotricity, but shopping will not save the world"

GUEST BLOG: “I am sorry Ecotricity, but shopping will not save the world”

This is a personal response from a Somerset resident and member of Frack Free Somerset to Ecotricity’s offer of financial help in return for advertising space. I love this campaign. With all my heart. Since February 2012 when I first … Continue reading

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Mounting Evidence: The Harm Caused By Fracking

Mounting Evidence: The Harm Caused By Fracking

Summary Below we document the impacts of fracking. Click on a link to jump to a particular section: UK Specific Water Contamination Air Pollution Radioactive Contamination Human Health Agriculture & Animal Health Wildlife Methane Migration Climate Change Fracking Waste Water … Continue reading

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