Yearly Archives: 2013

Fracking pollutes groundwater: damning new data

Fracking pollutes groundwater: damning new data

                            A little-known US government database shows conclusively that fracking forces gas and chemicals into sources of groundwater. This directly contradicts senior British ministers, US government officials and the fracking industry who have repeatedly denied links between fracking and contaminated water supplies. […]

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20 Impact of Unconventional Gas Technologies

20 Impact of Unconventional Gas Technologies

These resources are designed to be used by anyone.¬† 20 images have been¬† selected to represent 20 inescapable impacts of each unconventional gas extraction technology. The images can be used in presentations, talks and workshops in digital format or can be printed out and used as stimulus material for discussion. Large format A3 versions of […]

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Dart Energy pulls out of China for US$12m loss

Dart Energy pulls out of China for US$12m loss

Scottish Driller Dart Energy today announced the company is pulling out of operations in China – for a US$12m loss. The company is selling its stake in Fortune Oil Plc (FLG), which has extensive Coal Bed Methane (CBM) operations in China. In 2009 the company bought 35% of FLG for US$19,730,000 (see Dart’s Financial Accounts […]

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Exploding The Fracking Hype

Exploding The Fracking Hype

  • Latest government fracking announcement
  • Sparse on details, but plenty of hype
  • Wild claims regarding vast amounts of gas
  • Technical or economic aspects not addressed
  • Would require 10,000 of wells to be drilled
  • Industrialising vast area of countryside
  • Unspecified bribes for communities
  • No compensation enough for this though
  • Can look to US and Australia to see impacts
  • Communities getting organised to resist

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Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No

Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No

  • Fracking threatening Sussex countryside
  • Cuadrilla have licences for 270 square miles
  • Planning permission to drill in Balcombe
  • Targeting layer within Kimmeridge Clay
  • Analogous to Bakken Shale in North Dakota
  • Would need thousands of wells to extract oil
  • Same severe impacts as in US and Australia
  • Villagers getting organised to resist invasion
  • Cuadrilla is trying to push ahead regardless
  • Need permits to start, but could be soon

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Fracking Sussex: The Threat Of Shale Oil & Gas

Fracking Sussex: The Threat Of Shale Oil & Gas

  • Fracking is now threatening Sussex
  • Cuadrilla has licence blocks in the east
  • Celtique Energie has blocks in the west
  • Unconventional prospects in Sussex
  • Kimmeridge Clay and deeper Lias
  • Kimmeridge is presently main target
  • Analogous to Bakken Shale in North Dakota
  • Would require drilling thousands of wells
  • Cuadrilla want to drill at Balcombe soon
  • Celtique have plans for two sites in Sussex
  • Near Fernhurst and Wisborough Green

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Newsnight fails Scotland on Dart Energy Threat

Newsnight fails Scotland on Dart Energy Threat

Why is it that Scotlands flagship news program completely missed the story? If you compare the content and tone of the 12 minute BBC piece with one and half minutes from 7 News in Australia the differences are stark. The real story in Scotland: 2014 UPDATE here… An Australian company called Dart Energy want to […]

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Celtique borehole deception in Sussex

Celtique borehole deception in Sussex

Sussex Driller Celtique Energie is preparing to test for shale gas and oil at two new sites in Sussex, even as it tells the public it’s not doing so. Thousands of wells, hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling and massive volumes of water, chemicals and sand (silica) are inevitably required to extract oil and gas from shale. […]

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