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Fighting Fracking In 2018: Communities Resolute, Industry Shoots Itself In Foot

Fighting Fracking In 2018: Communities Resolute, Industry Shoots Itself In Foot

  • Breakthrough year fails to materialise, again
  • Lots more delays/costs for fracking industry
  • Even when industry manages to drill/frac wells
  • Result has usually not been good for them
  • Cuadrilla halted by earthquakes in Lancashire
  • IGas fails to find Bowland Shale at all in Notts
  • 2018 began with major threat in Lancashire
  • Lots of industry activity but little real progress
  • Strong community opposition slowing industry
  • 2019 likely to another long slog for industry
  • Burning though investment cash for little gain
  • This is a battle which we cannot afford to lose

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Extreme Mining: Small Deposit And Seabed Mining Threats Growing

Extreme Mining: Small Deposit And Seabed Mining Threats Growing

Summary Growing new mining threats across globe Britain and Ireland not immune from trend First new metals mine in decades dug in 2015 Large number of mining plans in pipeline Driven by similar dynamics to fracking As easier to extract resources depleted Industry resorts to more extreme measures Small deposit mining: many smaller mines Seabed […]

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Fighting Fracking In 2017: Frackers Count Costs Of Community Resistance

Fighting Fracking In 2017: Frackers Count Costs Of Community Resistance

  • Hyped breakthrough year fails to materialise
  • Even more delays/costs for fracking industry
  • 2017 began with major threat in Lancashire
  • Lots of industry activity but little real progress
  • Strong community opposition slowing industry
  • Number of major fracking frontlines emerging
  • Increasing number of threatened communities
  • 2018 likely to another long slog for industry
  • Burning though investment cash for little gain
  • This is a battle which we cannot afford to lose

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Ineos Gamble Takes UK Fracking Threat To Unprecedented Levels

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 business. For a long time there has been a concern that if the fracking industry […]

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Guest Blog: Ineos Ethane Imports Put U.S Communities In The Path Of Fracking Pipelines (Mariner East 2/2X)

Guest Blog: Ineos Ethane Imports Put U.S Communities In The Path Of Fracking Pipelines (Mariner East 2/2X)

A gas leak at the Ineos petrochemical plant in Grangemouth on Tuesday sparked a major emergency incident. A ‘Lack of information’ caused public panic as residents were instructed to stay indoors and nearby schools went into lock-down, panic spread throughout the town and the surrounding areas. Read more… Communities in the U.S already face this […]

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Fighting Fracking In 2016: A Year Of Community Resistance Costs Frackers

Fighting Fracking In 2016: A Year Of Community Resistance Costs Frackers

  • Year of more delays/costs for fracking industry
  • 2016 began with major threat in Lancashire
  • A year on there is no progress on ground
  • Strong community opposition slowing 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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Fracking The Weald: The Growing Tight Oil Threat

Fracking The Weald: The Growing Tight Oil Threat

  • Recent flow test of well at Horse Hill in Surrey
  • Company targeting Kimmeridge Clay shale
  • Tight oil similar to Bakken Shale, North Dakota
  • Fracking company UKOG planning to return
  • Statements demonstrate long term goals
  • Tight oil would require dense pattern of wells
  • Would be ‘regionally extensive’, ‘pervasive’
  • Threat of thousands of wells across region
  • Plus processing plants, pipelines, waste sites
  • UKOG strategy: Focus attention on next step
  • Trying to distract from the big picture threat
  • Need for investment forces some disclosures
  • Ultimate goal to sell to much large company
  • UKOG will seek further planning permission
  • Now is the time to get organised and resist

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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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