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Guest blog: Tom Rooker reports on the “Gathering on the Green” at Lytham St. Annes

  Concerned residents gathered at the historic windmill in the town of Lytham, near Blackpool last week to denounce the process of hydraulic fracturing and exploration for shale gas in the area. They gathered together for a group photograph and […]

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Gas pollution seeps into government

Gas pollution seeps into government

The gas industry is not only environmentally irresponsible – it’s lobbyists, paid representatives and vested interests also pollute our democratic process. To do this, the industry uses a complex series of interventions to promote their case, almost all of it […]

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Fracking fuels DECC renewables battle

Fracking fuels DECC renewables battle

The unexpected departure last week of the head Civil servant in DECC, Moira Wallace, shows the gas industry pushing for dominance of UK energy sector. Ostensibly over renewable energy subsidies, Wallace’s resignation illustrates a behind-the-scenes battle within government with the […]

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Fracking around with the law

  • Fracking trial has throw up many legal issues
  • Licences don’t appear to allow for fracking
  • Strategic environmental assessment not done
  • Planning applications duplicitous and probably illegal
  • Lack of environmental impact assessments
  • No consultation at any stage of process
  • In US changed law, in UK just ignoring it
  • Government more concerned with PR than regulation
  • Impossible to regulate even if there was anyone who wanted to

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Hydraulic fracturing on trial – live updates

Thanks to the good people at http://frackingontrial.org/ for these updates – live commentary on today’s proceedings. Three people are on trial charged with occupying a fracking rig in Lancashire, November 2011. Follow live on Twitter or visit http://frackingontrial.org/ 16.20 Court […]

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Guest blog: Paul Mobbs responds to Monbiot on peak oil vs. climate change

Paul Mobbs posted this gem on the “No Shale Gas UK” email list and we couldn’t resist asking him for permission to republish it here. Please note that sections in bold/italic are our emphasis. You can read George Monbiot’s original […]

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Guest Blog by Greg Palast: Fracking the Facts – Ireland isn’t ready

Guest Blog by Greg Palast: Fracking the Facts – Ireland isn’t ready

On the 20th of April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men instantly, then destroying 600 miles of coastline.On 9 September 2010, a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, burning […]

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Government Admits Fracking Will Not Solve Energy Crisis (But Will Push Ahead Anyway)

  • Government admits no vast shale gas reserves
  • May not even be economic to extract
  • No plans to stop fracking however
  • Even limited exploitation will require hundreds of wells
  • CBM and UCG are a much larger threat
  • Present system is unsustainable

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