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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 … Continue reading

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The Frack Stops Here - LIVE UPDATES

The Frack Stops Here – LIVE UPDATES

Live updates from The Frack Stop Here! in Preston, Lancashire: Weds, 9am: Hundreds of people from across Lancashire and beyond converge on County Hall in Preston Weds, 10am: Development control meeting begins with large numbers of people inside the chamber … Continue reading

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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

  • 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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Fracking Licence Clear Out: Preparation For Sell Off

Fracking Licence Clear Out: Preparation For Sell Off

  • UK 14th Licensing Round is now imminent
  • Plans to hand over 60% of UK to frackers
  • Preparations underway by the government
  • Official notice publish in an EU journal
  • Unused licences are being clawed back
  • Where companies are failing to drill wells
  • 26 licences relinquished in last few months
  • Small fraction of existing onshore licences
  • But is no cause for celebration at present
  • Could soon be re-licensed to other companies
  • Licensing system designed to maximise drilling
  • New round could start as soon as early July
  • Organised communities needed to resist

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Scale Of Fracking Threat To South East England

Scale Of Fracking Threat To South East England

  • New British Geological Survey (BGS) Report
  • 4.4 billion barrels of shale oil under South East
  • But only very small percentage can be exploited
  • Typical 4% would mean 176 million barrels
  • Only 4 months of present UK oil consumption
  • Would require 1,400 wells drilled to extract
  • Even 10% would only be 10 months of oil
  • Would require 3,500 wells drilled to extract
  • Despite this massive push to exploit it likely
  • Desperate scramble to profit from last oil in UK
  • Kimmeridge Clay said to contain most shale oil
  • Similar to the Bakken Shale in North Dakota
  • Toxic nightmare threatens Sussex and Kent
  • Communities are getting organised to resist

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Dart Face 90,000 Scottish Residents at Public Inquiry

Dart Face 90,000 Scottish Residents at Public Inquiry

  • Dart Energy facing inquiry in Scotland
  • Already kicked out of Australia by opposition
  • Applications for first UK fracking production
  • Record 2,500 objections from local people
  • Rejected by Falkirk and Stirling Councils
  • Dart appealing to Scottish Government
  • 27 community (90,000 people) fighting back
  • Threat of over 1,000 CBM wells if approved
  • Inquiry begins 18th March 2014, Falkirk
  • Lasts at least 3 weeks, no result for months
  • Meanwhile Dart turning its sights on England
  • 3-5 CBM well drilling campaign in England
  • £24m GDF Suez investment driving activity
  • Local communities are mobilising in response

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Dart Frack Attack: New Midlands Multi-Well Program

Dart Frack Attack: New Midlands Multi-Well Program

  • Dart Energy tied up fighting Scots communities
  • Appealing application for first production in UK
  • Now £24m GDF Suez investment driving activity
  • 3-5 CBM well drilling campaign under way
  • Shale gas exploration wells planned to follow
  • Drilling rig being erected at site in Cheshire
  • Well pad under construction at Daneshill, Notts
  • 2 more sites in Cheshire and Wrexham lined up
  • Exploration wells potentially just beginning
  • Threat of thousands of wells across regions
  • Local communities are mobilising in response
  • Areas are new front in the fight against fracking

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