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Gas Mafia infiltrates 'Greenest Government Ever`

Gas Mafia infiltrates ‘Greenest Government Ever`

As activists enter their fifth day protesting atop a UK gas power station the government remains wedded to a ‘dash for gas’. Why? The answer lies with a powerful group of advisors, donors, non-executive directors and ministers with postitions in […]

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Power station occupation illustrates demand surge for fracked gas

Power station occupation illustrates demand surge for fracked gas

  Today’s occupation of West Burton power station is part of a growing UK movement opposing new gas-based electricity. And as well as the 20 new gas-fired power stations planned, the government is similarly committed to fueling these stations with […]

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Boom and Bust Rocks Dart Energy

Boom and Bust Rocks Dart Energy

The 2-year-old company planning 22 coal bed methane wells in Airth, Scotland already has a history of boom and bust. Only a year after Dart Energy’s $300m launch in 2010 the company was forced to write off $101.8 after the […]

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Guide to Objecting: UK Methane Application – Keynsham, Somerset.

When objecting to the planning application, please include your name and address or your objection may not be counted. If using a template, please adapt it using your own words as duplicate letters will not carry the same weight. ┬áThe […]

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Who owns Dart Energy?

Dart Energy plans 22 unconventional new gas wells at its site in Airth, Scotland. Yet the company planning the UK’s biggest onshore gas development has many different owners with no single controlling interest. Dart’s main shareholders are a bunch of […]

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Three lords and one Baroness - frackings vested interests inside government

Three lords and one Baroness – frackings vested interests inside government

The House of Lords is emerging as a powerful pro-fracking advocate inside government. Three Lords – Lord Green, Lord Howell and Lord Browne – and one Baroness – Baroness Hogg – each have financial interests in the fracking industry. And […]

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The Shale Revolution: A Peek Behind The Curtain

  • Shale being promoted as an economic miracle
  • It is claimed to have reduced US energy prices and carbon emissions
  • In reality this has all been caused by the economic crisis
  • Drop in demand reduced US coal and oil consumption by 10%
  • Coal and oil redirected through world market to countries like China
  • No world market for gas so US gas prices dropped instead
  • Shale gas production costs are way above present prices, which must rise eventually
  • Exploitation of shale is a sign of desperation
  • Shale will only ever provide small amounts of expensive and dangerous energy

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Fracking Nukes: Counting the kilotons

  • First massive fracturing to produce gas
  • Used nuclear bombs at bottom of wells
  • 3 tests in US in late 1960s/early 1970s
  • Gas turned out too radioactive to sell
  • Massive hydraulic fracturing now used
  • Comparible amounts of energy expended
  • 16 well pad similar to Hiroshima bomb
  • Takes weeks rather than an instance
  • Damage to geology will be similar though

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