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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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Fracking Yorkshire: Rathlin Energy`s Plans Revealed

Fracking Yorkshire: Rathlin Energy`s Plans Revealed

  • Rathlin Energy have licence in East Yorkshire
  • Openly exploring for conventional oil and gas
  • Sneakily drilled 2 wells through Bowland Shale
  • Now planning small test fracks on shale layer
  • Producing 100,000 gallons of radioactive waste
  • No information on where this would be dumped
  • Would flare 5 million cubic feet of gas per day
  • Producing toxic and carcinogenic air pollutants
  • Aims to gather data for full hydraulic fracturing
  • Could mean up to 3,000 wells in the licence
  • Application for similar well in Northern Ireland

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Radioactive Sources Brought To Salford Fracking Site

Radioactive Sources Brought To Salford Fracking Site

  • Radioactive sources taken into Barton Moss
  • Used for making measurements down well
  • Schlumberger contracted to do the work by IGas
  • Contact for extended periods very dangerous
  • If damaged can release radioactive material
  • Industry history of loss and mishandling sources
  • Repeatedly lost during transport between sites
  • Have turned up a month later at sides of roads
  • Or in scrap metal shipments across the globe
  • Mislaid radioactive sources very dangerous
  • Have killed and injured hundreds of people
  • Just in Texas over 400 sources lost down wells
  • Likely to spread contamination as they degrade
  • Fracking spreading use into local communities
  • Thousands of wells mean many more sources

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