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Underground Coal Gasification Collapse Shows Fragility Of Fracking

Underground Coal Gasification Collapse Shows Fragility Of Fracking

  • Newcastle based UCG company collapses
  • Despite £1 billion in loan guarantees
  • Could not find backers after 8 years
  • Big victory for communities UK-wide
  • Made UCG brand as toxic as its reality
  • Rebrand as “deep gas winning” failed
  • Licences will be picked up by others
  • But sets precedent, industry can be beaten
  • Shows fragility of fracking industry
  • Shale industry in US also in chaos
  • Fracking can be starved of investment
  • Community resistance key to success

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Fighting Fracking In 2015: A Year Of Delays And Community Victories

Fighting Fracking In 2015: A Year Of Delays And Community Victories

  • Year of delays/rising costs for fracking industry
  • Began year with major threat in Lancashire
  • A year on Cuadrilla have made no progress
  • Strong community opposition blocking industry
  • Number of communities threatened is growing
  • Increased efforts to block local decision making
  • Movement will need to adapt to stay effective
  • This is a battle which we cannot afford to lose

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New Fracking Sell-Off: Time To Get Organised

New Fracking Sell-Off: Time To Get Organised

  • New Fracking Licence Give Away Begins
  • 27 New Exploration Licences Issued
  • Covering Around 1,000 Square Miles
  • IGas, Cuadrilla And INEOS Get More Licences
  • As Well As New Fracking Players
  • Plans To Give Away Another 132 Licences
  • Covering Around 5,000 Square Miles
  • Could Happen Within Months
  • Many Communities Newly Threatened
  • Now Is The Time To Get Organised

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Queensland Underground Coal Gasification Time Bomb Explodes

Queensland Underground Coal Gasification Time Bomb Explodes

A flagship project cited by proponents of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) in the UK has resulted in criminal charges against the directors of an Australian company. It has taken seven years for the damage to come to light but Linc […]

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The Frack Stops Here 2 - LIVE UPDATES

The Frack Stops Here 2 – LIVE UPDATES

Cuadrilla Resources fracking plans for Preston New Road have been REFUSED!!! – See the time-line to refusal below… This decision has implications for the whole of the UK and Ireland: Lancashire Fracking Showdown – The Beginning Of A Larger Battle […]

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Hunters shot geese on Cuadrillas wildfowl refuge

Hunters shot geese on Cuadrillas wildfowl refuge

Pink Footed Geese feeding on a wildfowl refuge set up by fracking company Cuadrilla were shot by hunters who had leased the same fields. Cuadrilla rented land on the Lancashire coast as winter grazing for birds displaced by its exploratory […]

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Fracking Yorkshire: Cuadrilla Rig On Rathlin Site

Fracking Yorkshire: Cuadrilla Rig On Rathlin Site

  • Rathlin Energy push fracking in East Yorkshire
  • Returns to West Newton site drilled last year
  • 40 HGV’s escorted by 100 police swoop on site
  • Planning mini-frac on the Bowland Shale layer
  • Aims to test if the shale layer can be fractured
  • Cuadrilla’s fracking rig now erected on the site
  • Rented to Rathlin to conduct the mini-frac test
  • More oil & gas companies getting into fracking
  • Community at Crawberry Hill under same threat
  • Camps supporting blockades outside both sites
  • 150 people march in nearby town of Beverley
  • Communities mobilising to resist this threat

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Fracking Scotland: Shale Report Signals Third Threat

Fracking Scotland: Shale Report Signals Third Threat

  • New BGS shale oil and gas report released
  • Focused on Midland Valley in central Scotland
  • Outlines third fracking threat to the region
  • On top of the coal based threats: CBM/UCG
  • Suggests around 14 months of shale gas
  • As well as around 5 months of shale oil
  • Combined with 5 months Coal Bed Methane
  • Extraction would require over 7,000 wells
  • Stretches from Glasgow through Edinburgh
  • Underground Coal Gasification also a threat
  • 5 UCG licences already sold in Firth of Forth
  • More than 1 billion tons of coal targeted
  • Extraction would require over 4,000 wells
  • Is third BGS report in run up to licensing round
  • Where 60% of UK could be sold to the frackers
  • Across UK report threaten over 50,000 wells
  • Communities getting organised to resist threat

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