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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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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

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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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

Fracking Balcombe: A Threatened Community 2010-2013

Fracking Balcombe: A Threatened Community 2010-2013

In 1986 energy company Conoco drilled a conventional exploration well on the Lower Stumble site situated half a mile from Balcombe village. With the advent of high volume hydraulic fracturing, Unconventional Gas Exploration company Cuadrilla Resources returned to the site … Continue reading

Fracking Threat In The North West

Fracking Threat In The North West

  • Wide range of fracking threats in North West
  • Both Bowland Shale and various coal seams
  • Cuadrilla have large license in Lancashire
  • Drilled 4 shale gas test wells and fracked one
  • Bogged down in planning at present time
  • IGas holds swath from Manchester to Liverpool
  • Targeting Shale and CBM at Barton Moss well
  • Dart has group of licenses in Cheshire
  • After CBM and Shale (helped by GDF Suez)
  • Aurora Petroleum has licence north of Liverpool
  • Looking for investors to exploit Shale Oil
  • UCG licenses in Liverpool Bay and Dee Estuary
  • Over 20,000 wells threatened across region
  • Government to license more areas next year
  • Peel Holdings looking to be fracking landlord

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