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HSBC – The Fracking Bank & Another Fracking Lord

If you thought that the fracking industry was confined to “Lancashire” you would be wrong. Behind all of the unconventional energy developments around the world you will find a trail of money put up by investors and financiers. The money flows through many hands and institutions and in some cases leads directly to the high […]

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Debunking the US Emissions Myth: It`s the Economy Stupid

  • Shale being promoted as an economic miracle
  • Claimed to have reduced US carbon emissions
  • In reality caused by the economic crisis
  • Demand drop reduced US coal and oil use
  • Similar falls in UK and other countries
  • Coal and oil redirected to China etc.
  • Not practical for US gas so prices low
  • Gas production temporarily continued to grow
  • Due to variety of slow to change factors
  • Cannot continue as companies loosing money
  • Shale gas is expensive, dirty and short term

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The Big Rig Revolt – Saturday 1st December

A dark cloud is gathering. The threat of unconventional gas development hangs over us all. With almost 100 test wells permitted and the first production development threatening Scotland, the government’s dash for gas depends on the creeping sell off of the British Isles. This cabal of opportunistic extraction companies, government mandarins and political jokes think […]

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Gas Mafia infiltrates 'Greenest Government Ever`

Gas Mafia infiltrates ‘Greenest Government Ever`

As activists enter their fifth day protesting atop a UK gas power station the government remains wedded to a ‘dash for gas’. Why? The answer lies with a powerful group of advisors, donors, non-executive directors and ministers with postitions in – or access to – central government: the gas mafia. All these mafia dons have current […]

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Power station occupation illustrates demand surge for fracked gas

Power station occupation illustrates demand surge for fracked gas

  Today’s occupation of West Burton power station is part of a growing UK movement opposing new gas-based electricity. And as well as the 20 new gas-fired power stations planned, the government is similarly committed to fueling these stations with gas drilled within UK borders, often using technologies based on hydraulic fracturing. The production of […]

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Boom and Bust Rocks Dart Energy

Boom and Bust Rocks Dart Energy

The 2-year-old company planning 22 coal bed methane wells in Airth, Scotland already has a history of boom and bust. Only a year after Dart Energy’s $300m launch in 2010 the company was forced to write off $101.8 after the impulse purchase of a smaller gas outfit (p4) proved to be much less valuable than […]

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Guide to Objecting: UK Methane Application – Keynsham, Somerset.

When objecting to the planning application, please include your name and address or your objection may not be counted. If using a template, please adapt it using your own words as duplicate letters will not carry the same weight.  The planning reference is 12/04304/FUL. You can submit comments online at:http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/planning-and-building-control/view-and-comment-planning-applications The main points the local […]

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Who owns Dart Energy?

Dart Energy plans 22 unconventional new gas wells at its site in Airth, Scotland. Yet the company planning the UK’s biggest onshore gas development has many different owners with no single controlling interest. Dart’s main shareholders are a bunch of mining companies, banks, investment funds and wealthy individuals who invest in oil and gas. The […]

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