Tag Archives: North West

Ineos Gamble Takes UK Fracking Threat To Unprecedented Levels

Don’t be fooled by Ineos executives talk of a “science stage” and “testing”. They are currently putting together equipment and logistics for a full scale invasion of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Rotherham in an attempt to source gas for their chemicals […]

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Upton Day 648 (Tues 12th Jan) Camp Eviction

See below for more photos Eviction attempt underway since this morning! Get down to the camp if you can. Both ends of Duttons Lane have been closed by the police (potential access across fields). Large numbers of police and baliffs, […]

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Lancashire Fracking Showdown: The Beginning Of A Larger Battle

  • Plans For Large New Lancashire Fracking Sites
  • Council Considering Applications This Week
  • Communities are mobilising to fight this threat
  • If rejected will be appeal to central government
  • Approval would just be beginning of long battle
  • Would take 2 years to drill and frack the sites
  • Cuadrilla gathering data to get more investment
  • Level of community resistance will be decisive
  • Communities blocking fracking across the globe
  • Stakes are very high and not just for Lancashire
  • Area where fracking pushed most aggressively
  • Threat of thousands of wells across Lancashire
  • Potentially tens of thousands across Britain
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New Lancashire Threat: Cuadrilla`s Fracking Plans

  • Cuadrilla submits new planning application
  • Large pad with 4 horizontal shale gas wells
  • Plan to be drilled and fracked over 2 years
  • Second site nearby, application public soon
  • Plans tailored to hide impacts at this stage
  • Trying to advance project without opposition
  • But application reveals many lurking issues
  • Would become critical at production stage
  • One site takes 7% of region’s spare water
  • Full scale fracking would overwhelm system
  • Threat to water supply of 6.6 million people
  • Site would use 65% of fracking waste capacity
  • Vast new frac waste disposal system needed
  • Most waste not treatable, would accumulate
  • Site requires over 20,000 vehicle movements
  • Production needs water/waste storage ponds
  • Wake up call for communities to get organised
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Seismic Surveys: The Fracking Spearhead

  • Frackers planning new seismic surveys
  • IGas survey done already in East Midlands
  • Now plans for survey at Glazebury, Warrington
  • Aurora planning survey near Formby in May
  • Survey data used to facilitate future fracking
  • Survey process itself can be highly intrusive
  • Impacts from noise to structural damage
  • Involves coating area in cables, geophones etc.
  • Explosives often used to create sound waves
  • Companies trespass on gardens and fields
  • Surveys have spawned global resistance
  • From tearing up cables to blocking roads
  • Informed, organised communities crucial
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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 Manchester: IGas Threatens Barton Moss

  • Fracking focus is shifting to North West
  • IGas Energy plan to start drilling soon
  • Site at Barton Moss in Salford, near Manchester
  • Exploration well targets CBM and Shale Gas
  • Drilling threatened to start in mid-November
  • IGas are busy fortifying the pad with fencing
  • On area of Mosslands known for wildlife
  • Growing local opposition as awareness grows
  • Resistance being organised by local groups
  • Callout for support for across the country
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Why does Cuadrilla own an old gas well near Elswick in Lancashire?

The Elswick-1 gas well was completed and stimulated by Independent Energy in 1993. The gas field, which was commissioned in 1996, produces gas from a low permeability sandstone reservoir at a depth of around 4000 ft and is used to […]

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