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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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The Real Significance Of The Blockade At Balcombe

The Real Significance Of The Blockade At Balcombe

  • Cuadrilla drilling tight oil well in Balcombe
  • Similar to Bakken Shale in North Dakota
  • Claim well ‘unlikely’ to go into production
  • No one is celebrating with good reason
  • Battle not just about this particular well
  • Threat of thousands to follow real concern
  • Potentially 300 within 5 miles of Balcombe
  • Balcombe well will provide data to Cuadrilla
  • Allowing them to get more investment
  • They have no intention of producing anything
  • Plan to prove viable, sellout to larger company
  • With enough resistance can be made unviable
  • Wherever they try to drill, community must resist

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Underground Coal Gasification: Creating Hell On Earth

Underground Coal Gasification: Creating Hell On Earth

  • UCG involves burning coal underground
  • Same drilling technology as Shale/CBM
  • Produces Syngas (similar to Town Gas)
  • Toxic/Carcinogenic tars are byproduct
  • Process out in open environment
  • Small scale trials in past decades
  • Resulted in serious water contamination
  • Plans to burn billions of tons of coal
  • Would guarantee climate catastrophe
  • 24 UCG licenses approved around coast
  • Onshore licence being considered now

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Don`t Frack Our Future - Doreen`s Story

Don`t Frack Our Future – Doreen`s Story

Unconventional gas exploration is threatening the UK. Licenses have already been granted by the Government with little or no community consultation. The scale of the industrialisation and impacts are never discussed. This film charts Doreen and John’s journey from the […]

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Fracking pollutes groundwater: damning new data

Fracking pollutes groundwater: damning new data

                            A little-known US government database shows conclusively that fracking forces gas and chemicals into sources of groundwater. This directly contradicts senior British ministers, US government officials […]

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20 Impact of Unconventional Gas Technologies

20 Impact of Unconventional Gas Technologies

These resources are designed to be used by anyone.¬† 20 images have been¬† selected to represent 20 inescapable impacts of each unconventional gas extraction technology. The images can be used in presentations, talks and workshops in digital format or can […]

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Exploding The Fracking Hype

Exploding The Fracking Hype

  • Latest government fracking announcement
  • Sparse on details, but plenty of hype
  • Wild claims regarding vast amounts of gas
  • Technical or economic aspects not addressed
  • Would require 10,000 of wells to be drilled
  • Industrialising vast area of countryside
  • Unspecified bribes for communities
  • No compensation enough for this though
  • Can look to US and Australia to see impacts
  • Communities getting organised to resist

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Fracking Sussex: The Threat Of Shale Oil & Gas

Fracking Sussex: The Threat Of Shale Oil & Gas

  • Fracking is now threatening Sussex
  • Cuadrilla has licence blocks in the east
  • Celtique Energie has blocks in the west
  • Unconventional prospects in Sussex
  • Kimmeridge Clay and deeper Lias
  • Kimmeridge is presently main target
  • Analogous to Bakken Shale in North Dakota
  • Would require drilling thousands of wells
  • Cuadrilla want to drill at Balcombe soon
  • Celtique have plans for two sites in Sussex
  • Near Fernhurst and Wisborough Green

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