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Fracking Greenwash: Revenge Of The Frackademics

  • Second frackademic scandal in UK
  • Following Durham University one
  • Pro-fracking report by Grantham Institute
  • Cuadrilla Chairman Lord Browne on board
  • Several other members have fracking links
  • Funded by ex-Shell investment strategist
  • Heavily invested in fracking companies
  • Including UK fackers Cuadrilla and IGas
  • Supports pro-fracking spin in US

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44 percent of wells leaking at UK Treasury director's gasfield: Australian government

44 percent of wells leaking at UK Treasury director’s gasfield: Australian government

Over 44 percent of wells are leaking in an Australian gasfield overseen by UK Treasury director Baroness Hogg, according to the Queensland government (see p4 of linked pdf). Almost half the wells tested at the Tara field in Queensland show […]

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Frackademics In UK Pushing Industry Spin

  • New Durham University Pro-Shale Gas Report
  • Highlights University’s Hijacking By Industry PR
  • Authors Have Multiple Fracking Industry Links
  • Durham Energy Institute Controlled By Industry
  • ReFINE: Durham Fracking Propaganda Group
  • Links To Similar Organisations Across Europe
  • Parallels With Frackademic Scandals In US
  • Report Carefully Avoids All The Real Issues
  • No Hint Of The Scale Of Fracking Threat

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Civil Disobedience will be outcome of Dash for Gas

Civil Disobedience will be outcome of Dash for Gas

The growing anti-fracking movement has become a major headache for the gas industry. Rising from nowhere eighteen months ago the movement has become so large that these days gas drilling is rarely mentioned without a second word: “controversial”. This is […]

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Direct Action used by blockaders in New South Wales

Direct Action used by blockaders in New South Wales

Blockades and actions across Australia are enjoying high levels of community support. Numbers alone are not necessarily enough. But adding direct action tactics to a well informed, challenging and potentially disobedient crowd create major headaches for the drillers and the […]

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Fracking Nightmare: Destroying Our Countryside

  • New UK government energy strategy
  • Increases reliance on natural gas
  • Assumption that fracking can fill gap
  • Minor onshore oil and gas in UK to date
  • Fracking requires huge amount of drilling
  • 54,000 wells to supply 40 power stations
  • Would cover 7,000 sq miles (size of Wales)
  • 36,000 wells to offset North Sea decline
  • Would cover an additional 4,700 sq miles
  • Massive impacts give population density

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Defining Extreme Energy: A Process not a Category

  • Extreme energy often defined as a category
  • Alternative is extreme energy as a process
  • Easy to extract resources targeted first
  • As depleted, more intense extraction needed
  • Extraction effort will steadily increase
  • Energy extraction displaces other activities
  • Process has happened throughout history
  • But now the process is massively accelerating
  • Driven by unsustainable energy consumption

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Foolish Energy Minister shows fractures within 720 feet of Balcombe village

When recently-appointed Energy Minister John Hayes showed his lack of fracking knowledge last month this political huckster inadvertently highlighted a troubling fact: at Cuadrilla’s site in Balcombe, West Sussex, fractures could reach within 720 feet of the surface. Hayes claimed […]

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