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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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