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Well a day of ups and downs today.Usually i would put this post on tomorrow morning but have to go out early.I may get time to post early though before going.

 

Saddens you when peaceful protectors are subject to people who have lost the plot as on some of the videos seen today.

Peaceful protest can be disruptive to the companies supplying the Fracking Sites.

But gives no excuse to some people to start tossing people about.It will not work things may escalate when Protectors are verbally and physically attacked.

 

But the protests moved to a Concrete Supplier to the Fracking Sites who later gave this statement and pulled out of Supplying the Fracking Sites.

I am sure at the beginning of the video is a chap who refused when he was a lorry driver to deliver pipes to a Fracking Site in Yorkshire.

He stopped when he realised where the delivery was going to and then became a Protector himself.

The video showing the owner of the Concrete Company pulling out.

https://www.facebook.com/scott.breen.14/videos/vb.100007917991600/2050724131868167/?type=2&theater

 

I do not know but having lived here most of my life in Lancashire the people are strong when roused.

Can be a tough place to live at times.

Are we about to see the Locals Rising up against the Fracking industry.

I mean many,many more beginning to realise what is going down.

Give the protectors a boost.

Maybe something is going to blow in as the summer wind blows in from the sea.We shall see.

But if it starts i will be there observing of course,what else could you do.

 

Just for a moment a story from America.

Perched on a platform high in a tree, a 61-year-old woman fights a gas pipeline.

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. — When the trees started coming down, Theresa “Red” Terry went up.

 

Now, the 61-year-old mother of three is perched on a platform 32 feet in the air between two oak trees,

trying to stop a natural gas pipeline from coming through land granted to her husband’s family by the king of England in Colonial times.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/perched-on-a-platform-high-in-a-tree-a-61-year-old-woman-fights-a-gas-pipeline/2018/04/21/3b8284b4-435e-11e8-bba2-0976a82b05a2_story.html?utm_

term=.85551f4d454b

 

The largest climate rally New York State Capitol has ever seen. Thousands of New Yorkers are in Albany calling on Governor Cuomo to show real climate leadership.

Their demands:

• Halt all fracking infrastructure projects

• Move swiftly and justly to 100% renewable energy

• Make corporate polluters pay

 

 

Back to England.

Has government gone cold on onshore oil and gas? What ministers and industry said last week.

Ministers said last week they were doing everything they could to promote UK onshore oil and gas production. But that’s not how it looked to the industry speaking to investors at the weekend.

In this post, Paul Seaman reports on the contrasting views at key events in Westminster: a parliamentary debate and question time on onshore oil and gas production;

and the UK Investor Show at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/23/has-government-gone-cold-on-onshore-oil-and-gas-what-ministers-and-industry-said-last-week/

 

What’s happening this week? 24-29 April 2018

Opening of public inquiry into INEOS shale gas plans for Harthill

Continuing public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s drilling and fracking scheme at Roseacre Wood

No Faith in Fracking Week

West Sussex County Council meeting on Angus Energy site at Lidsey

Scheduled publication day for latest government survey on attitudes to fracking

UKOG annual general meeting

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/23/whats-happening-this-week-24-29-april-2018/

 

Catch up with the webcasts for the Roseacre Planning Enquiry.Cuadrilla hope to expand.

https://www.cuadrillatrafficinquiry.com/

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Just a memory from a year or so ago.

As the sun sank low over the horizon and a lorry surfer surfed near the Fracking Site.

A young violinist began to play.

Some things you just do not forget.

https://www.facebook.com/RichMarsh2011/videos/vb.1400659370/10209284002242668/?type=2&theater

 

Back to now.

No Faith In Fracking Week-Day One-Cuadrilla Fracking Site.

 

Arrests at Tinker Lane as Concrete is delivered to the Fracking Site.

https://www.facebook.com/scott.breen.14/videos/vb.100007917991600/2051140651826515/?type=2&theater

 

Nottinghamshire is now another hotspot.

So what is happening there.And what companies are involved.

https://tinkerlane.co.uk/

 

This is the area where the Frackers are moving in.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=....psy-ab..0.0.0

 

Ian R Crane-1 of his latest videos.

INEOS ... FRACKING the LUNGS OF OUR YOUNG!

 

Relinquish INEOS’s License to Frack In Scotland.

https://frackwatch.tumblr.com/post/173223407153/relinquish-ineoss-license-to-frack-in-scotland

 

Residents seek funds to challenge UKOG protest injunction

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/24/residents-seek-funds-to-challenge-ukog-protest-injunction/

Support freedom to protest and stop oppressive oil injunction.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/oppressive-oil-injunction/

 

Cambridge University urged again to end fossil fuel investments

Hundreds of academics, authors and scientists sign open letter as divisive issues comes to head

In a sign of growing tensions, students occupied and shut down the university finance building last week and said there could be “no more business as usual whilst the university remains complicit in the destruction of the planet and vulnerable populations across the globe”.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/apr/23/cambridge-university-urged-again-to-end-fossil-fuel-investments

 

Tomorrow Womens Call 38

Where the ladies will once again March The Road To Hell

https://www.facebook.com/events/1638142036269762/

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Cuadrilla Roseace Wood fracking inquiry – closing statements

Final day of the Inquiry. We have done all we can. We are now in the hands of the Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State. Let us hope common sense prevails.

Thank you to all those who have supported us throughout.

Key points from Day 9

Cuadrilla propose that the Blue Route may be suspended during harvest due to agricultural vehicles on Dagger Road

Parties agree that there is insufficient forward visibility at five passing places, three on the Green route and two on the Blue route

Cuadrilla have offered £100,000 for road maintenance and repair, and have mentioned a further fund to compensate landowners for any damage to hedges caused by road works

Roseacre Awareness Group (RAG) and Lancashire County Council (“the council”) argue that the appeal should be rejected if any one of the routes is found to be unacceptable. Cudrilla believe that the development could go ahead with two routes approved and one rejected.

The council and RAG agree that all the routes are unsafe and unsuitable

RAG claim there will need to be “inch perfect” maneouvres in some places for HGVs to pass each other safely

RAG describe the proposal to bring up to 9 convoys of vehicles in to the site overnight during its 6 year life as unacceptable

The Council claim that proposals for 39 passing places show the routes are unsuitable

The Council criticise proposals submitted in principle, rather than detailed technical information, with changes being made at a very late stage

The Council express concern that the Traffic Management Plan may be revised and not adhered to (as at Preston New Road)

Cuadrilla argue that the proposals should only be rejected if there was evidence that there was likely to be a large numeric increase in accidents involving personal injury, or in the likely severity of those accidents.

Cuadrilla dismisses evidence from RAG’s transport witness as “flawed”

Cuadrilla state that if the MoD site at Inskip becomes unavailable for more than 5 consecutive working days (thereby closing the blue and red routes), deliveries to the site will have to cease.

Cuadrilla believe there is no evidential basis for finding there is a severe impact on highway safety

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/25/live-updates-day-9-cuadrilla-roseace-wood-fracking-inquiry-closing-statements/#more-63354

 

Countryside would be “littered with fracking wells” to replace half UK gas imports – new research

"On current trends there is no evidence that fracked gas can be brought to market at sufficiently low cost, and sufficiently great volume to make any significant profit, or to make any difference to the UK energy security position(let alone the UK gas price).

In the absence of significant change to contextual factors, the UK onshore gas reserves will remain purely of geological interest."

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/25/uk-countryside-would-be-littered-with-fracking-wells-to-replace-half-uk-gas-imports-new-research/

 

UK needs 6,000 shale gas wells to fill 50% of imports, study says

Friends of the Earth says countryside would be industrialised with a new well fracked daily until 2035

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/25/uk-needs-6000-shale-gas-wells-to-fill-50-of-imports-study-says

 

Tinker Lane - Nottinghamshire 25th April

 

LANCASHIRE FRACKING TENTACLES SPREAD FROM ABERDEEN TO GREAT YARMOUTH

http://frack-off.org.uk/social-media-post/lancashire-fracking-tentacles-spread-from-aberdeen-to-great-yarmouth/

 

Fracking: Lancashire

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 24th April 2018.

Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has received an application for consent to hydraulic fracturing in respect of Preston New Road, Lancashire.

 

Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

Holding answer received on 23 April 2018

To date, my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not received an application for Hydraulic Fracture Consent in respect of Preston New Road, Lancashire.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-04-17.136205.h

 

One minute speeches being made at The Cuadrilla Site, No Faith in Fracking week, next minute.

 

Day Three of #NoFaithinFracking week at Cuadrilla's fracking gasfield on Preston New Road. Women's Call for Calm 38 arrive; good conversation; powerful 15 minutes silence; sing Labi Siffre's 'Something inside so strong';

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Beware of fracking in UK mining areas, says earthquake expert.

Professor Styles is a former President of the Geological Society of London.

He told DrillOrDrop there could be hundreds of faults near shale gas sites that companies may not know about.

 

He said some faults were too small to be identified on geological maps or seismic surveys but were still big enough to cause the 0.5 magnitude earthquakes that under UK regulations would stop fracking.

 

His comments would appear to raise questions about fracking in large parts of the Bowland Shale, which lies under the Coal Measures from the East Midlands and Yorkshire to parts of Lancashire and Cheshire.

They could also have implications for the seismic surveys being carried out across shale gas areas.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/26/beware-of-fracking-in-uk-mining-areas-says-earthquake-expert/

 

Norway sells out of oil, suddenly fossil fuels are starting to look risky.

A $1tn fund has just decided that oil and gas is a sector that’s too risky to invest in. The decisions taken by Norway’s sovereign wealth fund will have ripples, and major investment funds will take their cues from it.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/19/norway-fund-sells-out-of-oil-fossil-fuels-starting-to-look-risky-norges-bank

 

To Russia with Love – from Springfields Nuclear Fuels. Shhh it’s on the Frackin’ ‘Blue Route’.

The Springfields Nuclear Fuel manufacturing plant is slap bang in the middle of the protests going on right now against fracking. It is 3 miles from Roseacre Wood and on the narrow country road proposed for the HGVs.

Thing is, no one is mentioning the uniquely dangerous nuclear cargo in and out of the Springfields site.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England sent in a very detailed submission for the Roseacre Wood inquiry that just finished this week on fracking plan.

The CPRE went into great detail about Highway Safety on the A583 ‘Blue Route’ but failed to mention the thousands of nuclear transports goingin and out of the Springfields site every year. The CPRE are not alone. I’ve just phoned up Greenpeace who tell me that they did not mention Springfields being situated on the A583 as this “would detract from the fracking issue.”

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/to-russia-with-love-from-springfields-nuclear-fuels-shhh-its-on-the-frackin-blue-route/

 

RSPB-Royal Socety For The Protection Of Birds.

‘Fracking’ shale gas threatens to undermine the UK’s commitments to fighting climate change and protecting nature.

Why we don't support fracking

The RSPB is working to hold government to its climate commitments, stop inappropriate development

and ensure the regulatory regime for this industry is fit for purpose.

Read more at

https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/our-positions-and-casework/our-positions/climate-change/action-to-tackle-climate-change/uk-energy-policy/shale-gas-and-fracking

 

Government poll shows opposition to fracking much higher than support

Today’s results show opposition to fracking remaining constant at 32% (split as oppose 19% and strongly oppose 13%) while support crept up from Wave 23’s record low to just 18% (split as strongly support just 2% and support 15%).

 

Support for fracking has declinedby 33% since polling on shale gas began with Wave 8 in December 2013 (27% down to 18%).

http://stopfyldefracking.org.uk/latest-news/government-poll-shows-opposition-to-fracking-much-higher-than-support/

 

Up to 6.5million extra lorry journeys could be needed to service over 6,000 fracking wells at more than 1,000 locations.

All this just to provide the equivalent of half of the UK’s gas imports for 15 years.

 

Ian Rowland Crane-With his latest video.

OUR APATHY CONDEMNS FUTURE GENERATIONS ...

 

The Druids at the Cuadrilla Fracking Site during todays No Faith In Fracking day that has been running all week.

Blessing event.

 

Finishing showing a water tanker moving on site.Imagine this throughout England.

 

Have a great weekend.

Normal Fracking Service will return on Monday.

As the United Resistance against Fracking continues.

Bye for now.

Tawnyowl.

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Forgot to put these two links in.

Mapped: The UK Universities that have Pledged to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Are you a student thinking about where to go to university? Do you care about the environment, and companies whose activities are responsible for climate change?

 

There is a sense of momentum among the UK movement urging universities to divest from fossil fuels, and reinvest in low carbon technologies, which has been gaining traction since 2012.

 

Universities are major investors. Campaigners are trying to use this fact to encourage institutions to withdraw their support for the fossil fuel industry by selling their shares in dirty energy companies — also known as divestment.

https://www.desmog.co.uk/2018/04/13/mapped-uk-universities-have-pledged-divest-fossil-fuels

 

Another fracking firm is having to explain its finances to the government.

Cuadrilla.

A spokesperson for Cuadrilla told The Canary:

 

We are a proud Lancashire-based company and are delighted with the progress we’ve made recently in drilling the first horizontal well into UK shale.

Ministerial consent for any hydraulic fracturing operation is part of the robust regulatory regime we work within, and we will of course follow any procedure and are confident we will fulfil any requirements necessary for the secretary of state.

 

Tax haven resilience?

But how far the government will look into Cuadrilla’s finances is unclear. Because as Greenpeace has revealed, both its parent companies are ultimately based in offshore tax haven, the Cayman Islands:

 

 

45% of Cuadrilla is held by Riverstone Holdings through a Cayman Islands-based investment fund, while another 45% is held by Australian company AJ Lucas, which is 50% owned and substantially bankrolled by Kerogen Capital, registered in the Caymans.

 

But campaigners are critical about the news of Cuadrilla’s financial checks. John Hobson from Frack Free Lancashire told The Canary:

The shale gas fracking industry has invested far more than it has generated. The Financial Times tells us ‘For the past eight years, the US exploration and production industry has outspent its cash flows in drilling costs, requiring a constant inflow of debt and equity financing to keep going. But the industry has given shareholders very little in return’.

 

Against this background we have a company whose major investor, AJ Lucas, has lost 94% of its share value over the last 10 years, and whose other public backer, Centrica, appears eager to limit its oil and gas exploration participation by reducing its exposure to Cuadrilla’s operations. These facts alone should give the government cause to investigate Cuadrilla’s finances very closely.

 

Cuadrilla are not only having to finance operations which have already taken twice as long as first anticipated.

They are also having to pay for belated remediation on wells that were decommissioned years ago. But ones for which they have not complied with agreed timescales.

It is absolutely necessary that the government should scrutinise their finances and we will hold the government to account on that.

Because in the event of an accident or default of any kind, it is Cuadrilla and not the local taxpayers who will pick up the tab.

Ideally, the Government should have insisted on a bond from each operator for each well, but, in the absence of this, the scrutiny of the operators’ finances will have to be all the more minute if we are to be protected.

https://www.thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2018/04/26/another-fracking-firm-is-having-to-explain-its-finances-to-the-government/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=

 

Gone:-)

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I remember many years ago talking to a sucessful entrepreneur.Multi Millionaire,no debt.Became quite friendly over time.

There i was just happily making a few pounds and began working for him,watching and listening,talking to him.

Asking questions.Helping set up a couple of new ventures that went countrywide in a flash.Very successful.

To put things simply where i say lets set up one market stall here,he would say no lets set up a hundred, a thousand market stalls.

These kind of guys look at the bigger,wider picture,you have it or you dont.

 

Never giving up,totally focussed trampling on anything or anyone to get to the prize.The blinkers come down.

 

But what is the prize for Ratcliffe.

It starts with just one well.

Ineos,some Frackers re felt the village hall,sponsor a local football team,throw a few thousand around,some go to greater lengths for a image.

 

We have seen the slick PR with the 110 million sponsorship announced this week.Ben Ainslie didn't become Britain's most successful sailor by ducking tough decisions.

On Thursday, the four-time Olympic sailing gold medalist announced a shock £110 million ($153m) shakeup of his former Land Rover BAR America's Cup team.

The 41-year-old unveiled the record title sponsorship from INEOS, a petrochemicals company owned by Britain's second-richest man James Ratcliffe.

You can find the article,i am not putting it on because all i see is sailors sailing a sea full of plastic created by people like Ratcliffe.

Plus the Green mile.

Instrumentalising children’s health to pursue a corporate agenda that will damage children’s health.

 

So Ineos clearly is going to be one to watch,so best to start learning a little,maybe many know already.

 

The decision of Ineos, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, to promote fracking.

The Ineos majority shareholder, Jim Ratcliffe, claims fracking could regenerate northern Britain despite evidence that the strategy is “a mirage that would lead to a mountain of debt and a mountain of garbage”.

According to Ratcliffe, quoted in the Guardian, “a lot of the opposition to fracking is based on hearsay and rumour”.

In fact there are now nearly 700 academic articles published between 2009 and the end of 2015 about fracking, public health and the environment.

The overwhelming majority of the studies that contain field data show potential or actual contamination of water or air. 31 of the studies assess the dangers to public health – 26 of them indicate public health hazards, elevated risks or adverse health outcomes. http://www.psehealthyenergy.org/site/view/1233

 

Plastic Pollution – ethical bankrupcy is worse than financial bankrupcy

It is not only that if Ineos goes ahead it will impose a host of public health and environmental risks on local communities and on the climate system.

It is also that the products that they intend to make with the ethane and methane that they want to extract would be disastrous too.

For example they want to make plastic with it. As they are in the plastic business they must know that plastic is not the innocent stuff that most people unwittingly think of it as being.

 

This is a Catch 22 Ratcliffe and the other petrochemical companies will not be able to solve.

The cheap energy and re-industrialisation idea that Ratcliffe is promoting is a mirage, a fantasy, that would lead to a mountain of debt and a mountain of garbage.

It will inevitably collapse.

Fracking has not solved this dilemma and neither will Ratcliffe or Ineos. There is virtually nowhere in the world where fracking has ever made a profit over the longer term.

If it comes off at all the cheap energy that Ratcliffe champions would lead, in a just a few years, to an indebted and then bankrupt exploration and production sector.

The fracking road show has kept going in the USA for as long as it has only because central banks have kept interest rates down to virtually zero.

 

Interesting article.

Jim Ratcliffe, Ineos and the empire of trash

http://www.feasta.org/2016/06/11/jim-ratcliffe-ineos-and-the-empire-of-trash/

 

 

INEOS to sue Scottish Government over fracking decision citing breach of its human rights, but do corporations have human rights?

In October 2017, following a comprehensive assessment of the risks— the most comprehensive to date worldwide according to a recently published study by Stirling University — and a public consultation which saw 99% of respondents demanding a ban, the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to effectively ban fracking.

In January 2018, INEOS, the main firm holding licences, announced its plans to challenge the Scottish Government’s decision, a move branded ‘predictable and desperate’ by opponents.

https://medium.com/@frackfree_eu/ineos-to-sue-scottish-government-over-fracking-decision-citing-breach-of-human-rights-but-do-aa55b849cedd

 

Catch up here on the key points from the first week of the public inquiry into INEOS Upstream shale gas plans for Harthill in South Yorkshire with links to more detailed live news reports

https://drillordrop.com/harthill-inquiry-april-may-2018/

 

Meanwhile back at the Cuadrilla Site-Lancashire-A Video Review Of The Week.

Week Apr 23rd - April 27 review of No Faith In Fracking @ PNr Preston New Road, Lancs, Uk

 

Week 4 saw the rise of pop ups and the fall of camp freedom but not in vain ,

No Faith in Fracking came together to share their faith and knowledge amidst love and solidarity and a peaceful form of resistance

 

Whilst they spoke and worshipped, stayed silent and maintained their silence all around them was a sea of yellow moving speakers as they spoke and people as they listened.

 

From Monday onwards the Policing got more aggressive in nature towards those in the circle and on Monday and Tuesday there was at least 49 officers in six OSU vans not to mention others up and down PNR so more like sixty to police people of prayer?

Did they not get the memo?

 

Meanwhile amidst the chaos there was beautiful words, strong beliefs and much silent thought.

 

Week five of United Resistance approaches,more news soon.

Tawnyowl.

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Work already finished for the morning so time to crack on.

Fracking.

 

What’s happening this week? 30 April-6 May 2018-Care Of Drill Or Drop.

In this week’s listings:.

Preliminary hearing in the judicial review brought by INEOS and Reach Coal Seam Gas against the Scottish Government – now including Friends of the Earth

Second week of public inquiry into INEOS shale gas plans at Harthill

Oral evidence to parliamentary inquiry on planning guidance for fracking

Fifth week of the United Resistance against fracking at Preston New Road – focusing on art.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/29/whats-happening-this-week-30-april-6-may-2018/

 

Scotland.

Why we are going to court to protect the fracking ban.

The ban on fracking announced by Scottish Ministers in October last year was a truly momentous win.

Three months later INEOS announced it was taking the Scottish Government to court to challenge the ban.

 

Scotland's fracking ban is vital - and arguably legally required - in the fight against catastrophic climate change.

 

That INEOS should make such a move was not exactly a surprise: the company owns or has the majority interest in the key fracking licenses in Scotland’s central belt.

The ban also poses a real threat to realising its numerous assets south of the border, since it clearly helps the case of communities organising to oppose INEOS’s plans to frack across large parts of England. Nor is the company exactly shy about going to court to get what it wants: last year INEOS won a high court injunction against anti-fracking campaigners, and is currently gearing up to take the National Trust to court to force the charity to allow access to its land for seismic surveys.

https://foe.scot/court-fracking-ban-ineos/

 

For those that like a good read.

Is the planning system playing fair with local communities?

DrillOrDrop has reported from two shale gas public inquiries this month. Ruth Hayhurst reflects on the challenges facing local people when they take on the industry.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/29/weekend-long-read-is-the-planning-system-playing-fair-with-local-communities/

 

Ben Ainslie lands $153m America's Cup sponsorship with INEOS;
Team ends four-year partnership with Land Rover; New boat class has driven up costs,

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/26/sport/ben-ainslie-americas-cup-ineos-sponsor-spt/index.html

 

Sir Ben Ainslie: I've seen vast areas of plastic on oceans

Britain's multi Olympic-winning yachtsman says personal experience has made rubbish in the seas an issue close to his heart.

Britain's most decorated Olympic sailor has told how he has seen "vast areas" of plastic that litter the world's oceans.

https://news.sky.com/story/sir-ben-ainslie-ive-seen-vast-areas-of-plastic-on-oceans-10742715

 

 

We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting.

What's less well-known is what is fueling this plastics binge: fracking. As the Guardian recently reported, in less than a decade, tens of billions of dollars have been invested in creating new manufacturing sites around the world to turn fossil fuels into resin pellets used to manufacture plastic products.

The companies profiting off this surge in plastics are contributing to a growing climate crisis while generating mountains of plastic garbage.

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth

The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/26/180bn-investment-in-plastic-factories-feeds-global-packaging-binge

 

Ineos, fracking and plastic

Most companies looking to frack in England and Scotland want shale gas for use in electricity generation or to feed in to the gas grid for use in homes and industry. One major exception to this is Ineos who also want the by-products of shale gas for use in its petrochemical plants.

The main product produced by these plants is plastic, which is causing huge environmental problems globally

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/briefing-ineos-fracking-plastic-104307.pdf

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Fracking

Events diary – May 2018 onward

80+ events in May 2018 about UK fracking and onshore oil and gas, including-

Ineos and Reach CSG judicial review against the Scottish Government over indefinite fracking moratorium;

Final week of Ineos appeal over non-determination of application for shale gas exploration at Harthill;

United Resistance campaign continues outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site near Blackpool;

Screenings of Power Trip, a film about the anti-fracking movement;

Solidarity weekend at Misson Springs;

Comment deadline on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework;

Information drop-in meetings.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/01/events-diary-may-2018-onward/

 

Environment Agency confirms another rule change for Cuadrilla’s fracking site

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/02/environment-agency-confirms-another-rule-change-for-cuadrillas-fracking-site/

 

Campaigners seek legal challenge to Cuadrilla’s fracking permit.

Friends of the Earth is taking legal action against the Environment Agency over the way it granted Cuadrilla a permit to frack in Lancashire.

 

The campaign organisation announced this morning it has lodged an application with the High Court to seek a judicial review of the environmental permit to frack at the Preston New Road site near Blackpool.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/03/campaigners-seek-legal-challenge-to-cuadrillas-fracking-permit/

 

Updates: Day 7 of Harthill inquiry into Ineos shale gas plans

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/03/live-updates-day-7-of-harthill-inquiry-into-ineos-shale-gas-plans/

 

MP: Harthill fracking plans a 'dangerous step in the dark'

AN MP spoke out against drilling plans which could lead to fracking in Harthill saying: “It would be a dangerous step in the dark.”

 

Sir Kevin Barron addressed the planning inquiry, which will decide if chemical company Ineos can bore a 2,800-metre exploratory well to test shale gas.

 

The proposal could lead to future applications to frac the site, off Common Road, if the underground geology is found to be suitable.

 

Sir Kevin, whose Rother Valley constituency includes Harthill, said: “There is a complete lack of research into fracking in ex-coalfield areas.

https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,mp-harthill-fracking-plans-a-dangerous-step-in-the-dark_26896.htm

 

Derbyshire recommends dropping highway opposition to Ineos shale gas scheme

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/03/derbyshire-recommends-dropping-highway-opposition-to-ineos-shale-gas-scheme/

 

Anti-frackers branded ‘domestic extremists’ like jihadists & Neo-Nazis in Prevent program

https://www.rt.com/uk/425657-anti-fracking-prevent-extremism-netpol/

 

 

Back to the Front Lines Of Fracking in Lancashire-Cuadrilla Site.

 

Day 22 and Womens Wednesday sees the women wearing white march up to the gates and perform a silent vigil, every wednesday and this is a whopping 39th week,

This is persistance and organised and attended every week by the women from everywhere including guest appearances by Emma Thompson.

Unitedresistance Day 23 Environmental disaster waiting to happen.

https://www.facebook.com/SmartCard007/videos/vb.1755176631381479/2109627335936405/?type=2&theater

 

Enough for now,anyone feel a little tension in the air.Like things building unseen in the swirling mists.About to be unleashed.

Maybe i am reading to many articles and watching to many videos.And what am i doing up this time of night 3-44am again.

Best though to get to a new page soon,just in case.:-(

Back to my roost

Bye for now.

Tawnyowl.

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Fracking .A couple of articles to start from Drill Or Drop.

When is a ban not a ban? Day 2 of Ineos legal challenge over fracking in Scotland.

The debate about a bans or moratoriums spilled out of the court room into Scottish politicians today.

 

Alexander Burnett

 

The Scottish Conservative energy spokesperson, Alexander Burnett, said yesterday’s hearing had been “beyond humiliating” for the SNP. He said:

“People will be stunned that a QC representing the SNP government in court could so spectacularly contradict the claims and parliamentary statements of Nicola Sturgeon and Paul Wheelhouse

 

“Both should explain to parliament as a matter of urgency why these seemingly misleading statements were made.”

 

Scottish Labour’s spokesperson, Claudia Beamish, said:

“Nicola Sturgeon and her ministers told MSPs – and more importantly campaigners and communities – that Scottish towns and villages were no longer at risk from fracking and the environmental damage it can cause because they had banned it.

 

“Now the government’s lawyer is saying the opposite, saying it is the language of a press release.

 

“SNP ministers need to explain this fast. It isn’t sustainable for the SNP to be saying one thing on their leaflets, website and in press releases and something else entirely in a courtroom.”

 

“Evidence-led approach”

The SNP rejected suggestions that it had misled parliament. A spokesperson for the party said:

“These claims defy all logic. If the Tories are right – and they’re not – why has Ineos taken its case against a ban to the Court of Session?

 

“There is no fracking in Scotland and there can be no fracking n Scotland. That’s because the SNP has taken decisive action, which builds on our existing moratorium

 

“And let’s not forget: the Scottish Government’s plans won the support of the Scottish Parliament

 

“The SNP has taken a cautious, evidence-led approach and is implementing a ban in line with the views of the vast majority of Scottish people, who cited concerns for the environment, their communities, and the impact on public health.”

The case is expected to end (10 May 2018).

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/09/when-is-a-ban-not-a-ban-day-2-of-ineos-legal-challenge-over-fracking-in-scotland/

 

Corporate giant, INEOSvTHEPEOPLE is taking Nicola Sturgeon's government to court over 'human rights violations' because they can’t frack at will.

Don’t get your own way? Sue people!

https://www.thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2018/05/08/a-corporate-giant-is-taking-nicola-sturgeons-government-to-court-over-human-rights-violations/

 

IGas pulls out of oil and gas licences in the East Midlands and the Weald

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/09/igas-pulls-out-of-oil-and-gas-licences-in-the-east-midlands-and-the-weald/

 

Fracking: the new tobacco?

Over 1,200 peer-reviewed papers show harm caused by Fracking.

Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking

(Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction)

https://www.psr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/fracking-compendium-5.pdf

 

How Fracking’s Appetite for Sand Is Devouring Rural Communities

Do you want to see the mine?” asks Harlan*.

 

“Of course,” I reply.

 

He fetches his boots. We head outside with his wife Edith and follow a row of fledgling soybeans as we stroll across a few acres of farmland.

 

Over the past decade, the push to expand fossil fuel production in the United States through techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”) has reverberated far beyond oil rigs, pipeline routes, and petrochemical complexes, pulsating unexpectedly through communities like Dovre.

 

Fracking involves drilling deep into underground rock formations to release natural gas or oil. And it uses sand. Lots of it.

Sand props open tiny fissures in the bedrock that are created during the fracking process, but not just any sand will do the trick.

 

Highly pure silica sand is especially strong and resists being crushed thousands of feet below the surface.

Round sand grains of consistent size allow hydrocarbons to flow more efficiently through the well.

https://www.sapiens.org/culture/fracking-rural-wisconsin/

 

5 KEY AREAS ARE AT RISK FROM FRACKING SAND MINING IN THE UK

KEY UK FRACK SAND LOCATIONS

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has already identified the locations of the most suitable fracking sand in the UK. See the full presentation

 

Sandringham Sand Formation (Norfolk)

Woburn Sand Formation (Bedfordshire)

Folkestone Formation (Surrey & Kent)

Chelford & Congleton Sands (Cheshire)

Wind blown sand (North Lincolnshire)

 

When silica becomes airborne it can be inhaled by humans and animals permanently damaging the lungs.

This film reveals the scale of the problem in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania.

http://frack-off.org.uk/social-media-post/5-key-areas-are-at-risk-from-fracking-sand-mining-in-the-uk/

 

Time to pop over to the Frontlines of Fracking In England.

Concentrating on the Cuadrilla Site for now.Lancashire.

Where the United Resistance continues.

A Mixture Of Videos.

Traffic Management Plan-Left In Left Out Unless.

 

How many police needed to make sure a Skip Wagon gets into a Fracking Site.

 

Womens Call For Calm Week 41-Ladies Marching The Road To Hell.

 

Nice to see William Hawk from America outside the Well To Hell again.

A little about William Hawk.

William Hawk shares for the first time his experience in Standing Rock.

 

Yesterday.

3rd day of week 6 of the UnitedResistance on Preston New Road

 

Onwards.More news soon.

Cough,apologies for the gap posting over the last few days.

Normal Fracking service has now resumed:-(

Tawnyowl.

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UnitedResistance Week 6 Review, We don't Want Your Plastic Land Week 6, 07th Apr - 11th Apr.

A look back at the week during which the cops went bad, they went smiley, they went bezerk and then they went home on Friday but not before making their marks

 

We had a special guest William Hawk from standing rock who gave everybody wise words from the mind and heart and also a song that completely blew the place silent, it even felt like the traffic had stopped.

 

Lots of people busy organising.

We got to speak to some wonderful folk with information to share regarding other places and how to get involved.

 

Big respect to all those that continue to resist, to those that spoke to us and to those we filmed for being there.

 

Happy 40th to the Ladies on PNr that is a massive achievment, how many folks can say they have visited PNr once a week for forty weeks?

These have and most of them every single week & most days.

 

Shot & Edited by Smart Card

In The Name Of The Dog Productions

Maple Indie Media est est 2017

Active with the Activists

 

Nottinghamshire yesterday as resistance builds.

 

Government rejects national setback distances for fracking sites.

Fracking Week in Parliament.

The government has said it has no plans to establish a minimum distance between homes and shale gas sites across the country.

 

A 500m gap has been adopted in North Yorkshire and approved by a planning inspector, although the shale gas industry has promised to fight it in the courts.

(DrillOrDrop report)

 

Lord Henley 2

Lord Henley

 

The Energy Minister, Lord Henley, replying to a question by the Green Party peer, Baroness Jones, said this week:

 

“There are no plans to establish national set back regulations for shale gas development.”

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/11/government-rejects-national-setback-distances-for-fracking-sites/

 

Four more years for shale gas exploration around Chester

Two of the UK’s leading shale gas companies have been given another four years to drill an exploration well in the Chester area to meet their commitments to the Government.

 

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) confirmed today that it had extended the time allowed for exploration in the eastern half of the city and nearby villages.

 

The Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) for the area has also been changed to require the licence-holders – Ineos Upstream and IGas – to drill one exploration well targeting the Bowland shale.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/11/four-more-years-for-shale-gas-exploration-around-chester/

Ineos chief hits out as fracking hearing ends

PETROCHEMICAL giant Ineos accused the Scottish Government of taking an “Alice-in-Wonderland” approach to fracking,

after the conclusion of the firm’s legal challenge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/16218501.Ineos_chief_hits_out_as_fracking_hearing_ends/

 

Fracking mogul Jim Ratcliffe becomes UK’s richest person

Petrochemical firm Ineos founder knocks Hinduja brothers from top spot in Sunday Times Rich List

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/13/fracking-mogul-jim-ratcliffe-uk-richest-person-ineos-sunday-times-rich-list

 

Anti-fracking campaigners launch survey to fend off potential fracking applications

Anti-fracking campaigners are gearing up for a fight over the controversial drilling technique while waiting for a firm to decide if it will seek to explore for gas near Weston-super-Mare.

http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/frack-free-north-somerset-carrying-out-survey-in-hutton-1-5514308

 

Transports of Uranium Hexaflouride on the Same Road as Fracking Lorries – What Could Go Wrong?

Members of Radiation Free Lakeland went to the Preston New Road fracking site to show support for protestors who have been there rain and shine to oppose Cuadrilla’s plan to frack the Fylde.

https://mariannewildart.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/transports-of-uranium-hexaflouride-on-the-same-road-as-fracking-lorries-what-could-go-wrong/

Reclaim the Power announce three weeks of anti-fracking disruption in June 2018

https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/press-releases/release-reclaim-the-power-announce-three-weeks-of-anti-fracking-disruption-in-june-2018/

 

The Lancashire Nanas did their 40th vigil to the Preston fracking site. Dressed in white, they have a quiet call for calm followed by singing and dancing.

 

Whats happening as week 7 of the United Resistance will soon be here.And as usual expect the unexpected,who knows what may happen.

Week Seven, 14th - 18th May: Uniting the Roses

Details

Week Seven,14th - 18th May: Uniting the Roses- Frack Free Lancashire & Yorkshire.

https://www.facebook.com/events/962333957269463

 

Onwards.

Where is this leading to.The time for Fracking draws closer.

Once unleashed the virus will spread throughout England.

People can stop this but will they realise in time what is about to be let free throughout their communities.

With all the risks and disruption.

Until you see it you perhaps you wont believe it.

We shall see.:-(

On one side the power,the money,the corporate enforcers,and the powerful ones in high places.

On the other the people,communities,never to be underestimated.

Unbiased as always.

Tawnyowl.

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Tinker Lane. Nottinghamshire this morning.

Section 14 in place and protestor dangerously removed while still in lock on device.

A protector climbed to the canopy of a tree at one hell of a pace and filmed it.

https://www.facebook.com/scott.breen.14/videos/vb.100007917991600/2060666100873970/?type=2&theater

 

Ian Rowland Crane updates from iGas TINKER LANE wellsite

 

Latest Live-10-56am as a convoy arrives.

 

Cuadrilla Site this morning-a little footage as the week begins.

 

Fracking goes on trial at international tribunal

An internationally-recognised tribunal will begin examining evidence today on whether fracking breaches human rights.

 

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, established after the Vietnam War Crime Tribunals, is holding hearings on the question throughout this week.

 

For the first time, the tribunal hearings are entirely online.

 

An international panel of 10 judges will examine scientific reports and expert testimony along with evidence from people who believe their human rights are threatened by fracking.

 

The organisers said the investigation would focus mainly on the responsibilities of states to protect human rights.

But they said fossil fuel corporations may be implicated in witness testimony.

The sessions of the PPT on fracking begin at 5pm British Summer Time or 9am Pacific Time.

Proceedings can be watched online within 30 minutes of the end of the sessions on the Spring Creek Project Facebook Page or You Tube channel.

Article from Drill Or Drop.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/14/fracking-goes-on-trial-at-international-tribunal/

More news soon.

Tawnyowl.

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What’s happening this week? 14-20 May 2018

In this week’s listings

Week of hearings by the Permanent People’s Tribunal on fracking;

More witnesses give evidence to parliamentary inquiry on fracking planning guidance;

Decision meeting on applications for oil exploration at N Kelsey and Biscathorpe;

Seventh week of United Resistance campaign against fracking in Lancashire;

Drop-in meeting on shale gas regulation in Lancashire;

Plus film screenings, meetings, workshops and a deadline.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/13/whats-happening-this-week-14-20-may-2018/

 

 

“We’d ban fracking if we had the power” – SNP

The Scottish government would ban fracking if it had the legal power to do so, a senior member of the Scottish National Party has said.

 

Kirsty Blackman, the party’s deputy leader in the Westminster Parliament, said the current moratorium on planning permission for fracking was the only course open local to the Scottish Government.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/14/wed-ban-fracking-if-we-had-the-power-snp/

 

Yesterday.

Convoy from Marriots enters Tinker lane Nottinhamshire.

https://www.facebook.com/scott.breen.14/videos/vb.100007917991600/2060709220869658/?type=2&theater

 

Today near the Cuadrilla Site people have been on a early Dawn Chorus walk near the Cuadrilla Site.

I have just been watching them set up near the Site on a verge.Near a busy road hoping perhaps the message is getting through to people.

While watching the video i noticed a board with these words.

I am a local resident-Democracy has failed-This Is Our Only Hope.

Kind of sticks in the throat when the truth is there in black and white.

Fracking is being forced on communities.

Video.

 

Do not get to close to convoys there are corporate enforcers to make sure you will not.

Just doing their job.

Orders filtering down from the unseen powerful ones.The masterplan to wreck rural England slowly slithers in.

 

Nottinghamshire yesterday as a huge convoy arrives.

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2-

 

Well Fracking sure raises the passions.

Creates Stress and Distress for many in local communities and i dare say throughout England.

Some feel powerless,feeling Democracy has been smashed to pieces.

Perhaps some are worrying unable to get a good nights sleep.

Well stress is no good for anyone so for now i will finish with the Dawn Chorus walk that took place early this morning.

More news soon from the Frontlines where the protectors are soldering on,tirelessly.

 

Try to relax for a while.Come for a walk with the protectors.

Back soon.

Tawnyowl.

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Environmental groups have united in opposing a massive new terminal that would receive fracked gas from the US in a protected area on Ireland’s west coast.

They fear the plan runs counter to Ireland’s newly agreed climate commitments and is contrary to the country’s decision to ban fracking.

Brexit fears played a key role in the reactivation of plans to develop a massive liquid natural gas (LNG) deepwater terminal in the Shannon estuary. Irish government ministers were alarmed that in a post-Brexit situation, LNG being piped into Ireland from the UK via interconnectors could be subject to tariffs.

https://www.desmog.co.uk/2018/05/15/brexit-pushing-ireland-towards-us-fracked-gas-putting-climate-commitments-risk

 

Celtique pulls out of more East Mids licences.

Celtique Energie’s withdrawal from oil and gas licences has continued with the announcement today that it has sold more interests in the East Midlands.

 

The sale of Celtique’s share in Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences 181 and 201 leaves the company with interests in just two remaining UK areas.

 

According to today’s announcement, Celtique sold its 32.50% share in PEDL201, north of Loughborough on the Leicestershire-Nottinghamshire border, and the 25% interest in PEDL181 in north east Lincolnshire.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/15/celtique-pulls-out-of-more-east-mids-licences/

 

Picture post: Drilling equipment begins arriving at IGas Tinker Lane site

A convoy of equipment needed to begin drilling at the IGas site at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire arrived yesterday.

 

A convoy of eleven heavy goods vehicles arrived at about 10.45am yesterday. Police had been at the site from about 6.30am.

 

The equipment included the conductor rig to set the conductor pipe – the first layer of steel casing.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/15/picture-post-equipment-begins-arriving-at-igas-tinker-lane-site/

 

Bad news for the government: the fracking industry is being investigated for human rights violations.

An international spotlight on fracking

As DrillOrDrop reported, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is an international body that was founded in the wake of the Vietnam war.

It states that it investigates cases where “evidence suggests abridgement of basic rights of ordinary people”.

The tribunal claims to act “independently of states, politics and vested interests” and follows international law.

This will be the first tribunal that assesses fracking from a human rights perspective and the first to look at climate change through a human rights lens.

https://www.thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2018/05/15/bad-news-for-the-government-the-fracking-industry-is-being-investigated-for-human-rights-violations/

 

Still haunting me those words i heard once being murmured by the Shale Gas expert.

"Its All About The Oil" he repeated it three times quietly while under a little pressure.

And i am still trying to get to grips with this Oil Price minefield.

One thing though as oil prices rise the US Shale Drillers appear like moles drilling here there and everywhere.

Drops below a certain point and they vanish,go bust even probably leaving a mess.

Descend like locusts to feast on the Earth.Or should i say what is beneath.

 

You sometimes are just not knowledgable enough to understand.This is one of those moments.I will get to grips with it one day.

I have dark thoughts about the powerful ones making sure the price of oil rises by any means possible.Then discount thoughts like that,surely not.

 

Also that countries are short of cash,or should i say desperate as the Debt Clock seems to show.And will do anything to bring the cash in.

https://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/

 

After watching the Subprime Chaos that swept the world the dark thoughts say they messed up the worlds economies,nothing left now but to pillage the Earth with the risks to the environment,people,water,aquifers,water table the air that we breathe.

And risk the rise,only 2 degrees,Climate Change,for money.

 

What happens if Earth gets 2°C warmer?

And why are we trying to avoid it?

https://www.popsci.com/what-happens-if-earth-gets-2-degrees-warmer

 

And renewables,well that can be slowed down,go on the back burner,the only winners there would be the citizens of the world.

I have seen two story flat pack houses where you would never pay another heating bill again built for a price you would not believe.

But the power companies,shareholders would lose the only gainers would be the citizens.

I only pick a few pieces of Driftwood off the Shoreline,grow a few plants this is beyond my knowledge base these dark thoughts are not good.

So will move on rapidly.But best to put thoughts down the pressure you feel has then gone whether right or wrong.

I am not bothered what people say got a much thicker skin these days,too much sun,climate changes fault probably.

So have your say if you feel so inclined.

 

 

Here's what drives the price of oil

If you're not an oil analyst, the oil market may seem like a lot to keep up with.

Most investors follow either West Texas Intermediate or Brent crude prices.

Oil prices are influenced by three major factors: supply, demand and geopolitics.

 

1. Supply

Supply and demand has to do with how much oil is available.

 

Supply has historically been determined by countries that are part of OPEC.

But now, the United States is playing a bigger role in supply thanks to booming production from American shale fields.

So if major oil-producing countries are pumping out a lot of crude, the supply will be high.

 

2. Demand

Demand on the other hand is determined by how much need there is for oil at a given time. That need is often for things like heat, electricity and transportation.

The more economic growth a region sees, the more demand there will be for oil.

 

"Economies around the world have picked up since the financial crisis, and growth has gotten stronger so people have been using more energy," Essner said.

 

3. Geopolitics

Since supply is determined by the big oil-producing countries, tension with one of those nations can cause major problems.

So if there's war or conflict in an oil-producing region, crude inventories could seem threatened, and that could ultimately alter the price of oil.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/15/what-drives-oil-prices.html

 

Gone but will return one day soon.

Frack Off Frackers-Frack On Protectors someone has to tell it how it is.To much at risk not to.

Tawnyowl.

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The Weekly Call For Calm March-Cuadrilla Fracking Site-Each Wednesday the ladies March to The Well To Hell along The Road To Hell.

41 weeks now i believe.Whatever the weather the ladies turn out.

 

Hey NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, First You're FRACKED, then You're FRIED ... UNLESS YOU PARTICIPATE!!

 

Well we sure need to keep a eye on what flows out of these Fracking Wells,water is such a precious resource.

As the scientists say.

"Fracking is the worst thing I've ever seen," says Dr. Sandra Steingraber.

A biologist who has worked as a public health advocate on issues like breast cancer and toxic incinerators.

"Those of us in the public health sector started to realize years ago that there were potential risks,

then the industry rolled out faster than we could do our science."

 

And we are about to let the Frackers roll out around England where we live so close together.

The industry rolls out faster than the science to check out the possibilities of harm.Makes you think.

 

Nobody realised till recently what was happening to water in parts of America.From things used decades ago till recently,nobody knew it seems of the dangers.

Till now.

 

Report: EPA, White House wanted to block report on military water contamination

Aides to President Trump’s embattled EPA administrator attempted to stop publication of a study into water contamination near military bases nationwide, including former naval bases in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, according to a published report.

 

The study would show that the chemicals — known as PFOA and PFOS — are dangerous to humans in much smaller quantities than the Environmental Protection Agency has previously said, Politico reported this week.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/pfoa-pfos-report-epa-white-house-military-water-contamination-drinking-bases-20180515.html

 

MUNICIPAL NEWS: HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WASTEWATER BAN, PFOA AND PFOS QUICK FACTS

Most companies stopped sending the waste to public plants in 2011 after former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett called for the stop to the practice.

https://www.watertechonline.com/municipal-news-hydraulic-fracturing-wastewater-ban-pfoa-pfoa-quick-facts/

 

More news soon.

Shortly within a week or so i am going to spend a little time at the Frack Site.

Spend a little time at Maple Farm,chat to a few people.The time is right I need to recharge talk to people down there.

Just organising a schedule.

Just learning a little about facebook live feeding if needed and Twittering live from a Mobile.

Technology is not my strongest point.

And of course keeping the CAG updated each day i am down there.

But i will get there.

Bye for now.

I know to many it may seem i get a little carried away at times but these are strange times.If you think i am sometimes a little to stressed it is just the way i write.

When i see certain things happening as i have seen today my blood pressure does rise a touch though.

And trying to make sense of it all is so difficult.Some articles may not seem relevant at times but you never know.

 

One more thing, next post. Renewables, cuts, latest news on what has been happening.

Another mystery.

Bye for now

Off to roost.

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Government announces plans to speed up fracking decisions in England + detailed reaction.
Drill or Drop article.

Ministers are considering taking fracking decisions in England out of local control and allowing shale gas exploration wells to be drilled without the need for planning applications.

 

A written ministerial statement issued this morning said the government would consult during the summer on whether non-fracking shale gas exploration should be treated as permitted development.

This would mean operators would avoid the need to go through the normal local planning system.

 

The statement, issued by the Energy and Local Government Secretaries, also said there would be a consultation on treating fracking applications as National Significant Infrastructure Projects. This would mean planning applications for fracking schemes would be decided by a government-appointed inspector, rather than local planning authorities.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/17/government-announces-plans-to-speed-up-fracking-decisions-in-england-detailed-reaction/

 

CPRE call fracking announcement ‘outright assault on local communities

CPRE have condemned today’s joint announcement from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government which proposes to streamline the process for fracking applications.

 

These plans pose huge environmental risks to our landscapes and threaten the tranquillity of the countryside.

On top of this, the ministerial statement also sets out plans for fracking to be considered as ‘permitted development’ and as Nationally Significant Infrastructure, which would diminish the abilities of communities to influence local proposals.

http://www.cpre.org.uk/media-centre/sound-bites/item/4854-cpre-call-fracking-announcement-outright-assault-local-communities

 

Challenge Conservatives on energy priorities and cuts to renewables

Onshore wind has higher public approval than nuclear and fracking, so why are Tories expanding unpopular industries with higher carbon footprints?

The Tory manifesto mentioned cuts only to onshore wind, but all renewables have suffered since May 2015.

At least six incentives to highly popular solar photovoltaic (PV) power have been cut. According to the Solar Trade Association, 32% of jobs were lost by last summer.

 

In November 2015, government scenarios for future electricity generation all showed renewable power, which had expanded 10 times in the nine years to 2015, hardly expanding at all over the next two decades. Most of the small renewable expansion permitted in the 2020s is expected to be offshore wind.

Apparently the government intends there to be no new PV or onshore wind after 2020.

Why cull such popular and successful industries?

All the government scenarios assume the wholesale electricity price will increase in the 2020s.

This is because they hope the electricity price will rise close to the ridiculously high value guaranteed for nuclear power.

If it falls, the nuclear levy on household electricity bills will rise dramatically.

 

The UK has more than 32 gigawatts of renewable power, 10 times the power the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant may achieve in 2030.

Hinkley’s power is not only almost irrelevant; its inflexible nature will make it redundant.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/10/challenge-conservatives-energy-priorities-cuts-renewables

 

Third Energy’s North Yorkshire fracking planning application cost £½m+ – MPs told-Fracking Week in Parliament 2

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/16/third-energys-north-yorkshire-fracking-planning-application-cost-%C2%BDm-mps-told/

 

Things are building like a Volcano about to erupt.

Who will win,will the Frackers be allowed to run free through England.

If they do not expand quickly with hundreds if not thousands of wells it will be to late.Local Planners what do they matter Democratic local decisions can be over ridden by the people elected to represent the people.

The Well will run dry,investors will flee they will trudge off wearily into the mists of time to be forgotten.

It seems that the pressure on local councils is huge.Affordability issues,so much expense.

A planners nightmare.

The Frackers must know this pressure and will try to use it to their advantage.

Interesting times.And like a spider spinning its web many strands of the web lead to investors,influential people with powerful friends.Some from these lands some from far flung places all drooling at the prospect of what lies beneath England.

All sat round a table ready to devour those who dare to object. By any means possible.

One hell of a challenge for sure.Which many are rising up to face,i have never known times like this before.

The battle lines are drawn,the fields of England are the place where the final showdown could be decided.

By communities,we will see.

Gone.

Well perhaps i had better go,imagination is seeing many things that could happen.:-(

Bye for now.

Tawnyowl.

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Lancashire and Yorkshire unite at the Cuadrilla Fracking Site.

 

Anti-fracking protesters cleared over Kirby Misperton rig demo
ANTI-FRACKING protesters celebrated outside York Magistrates' Court after being cleared of all offences over their occupation of a drilling rig.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16236454.Victory_for_anti-fracking_protesters_who_occupied_drilling_rig/

 

Reminder,i think it was the same day Storm Brian blew in.

 

 

America.

How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections

Back in 2008, residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas received a notice in the mail advising them to drink bottled water instead of tap water—a move that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) internal memos at the time described as

"one of the largest failures in U.S. history to supply clean drinking water to the public."
https://www.ecowatch.com/epa-fracking-wastewater-2568743255.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=263cdfd6f8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm

 

NASA SOLVES CLIMATE MYSTERY, CONFIRMS METHANE SPIKE TIED TO OIL & GAS
A team led by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed that the oil and gas industry is responsible for the largest share of the world’s rising methane emissions—which are a major factor in climate change—and in the process the researchers resolved one of the mysteries that has plagued climate scientists over the past several years.

“The sharp increase in methane emissions correlates closely with the U.S. fracking boom,” said Jim Warren, executive director of the climate watchdog group NC WARN.

“Leaking and venting of unburned gas—which is mostly methane—makes natural gas even worse for the climate than coal.”

https://jpratt27.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/nasa-solves-climate-mystery-confirms-methane-spike-tied-to-oil-gas/

 

Last thing.

Imagine what it is like to see things from a Climate Change view,a Environmental View.
Or a fierce worry to protect your family,friends and communities from what you see as danger.Which is possibly soon to be unleashed across England if the Government gets their way.

If someone says what are you on about Fracking is safe,prove it.

The evidence throughout these pages now must say on the weight of evidence,reports from throughout the world it is not.

From Tremors,Earthquakes,Pollution,Sickness worries,Water worries,Stress to communities huge vehicles travelling through the countryside on rural roads.

The chemicals being transported and the treatment of waste.Just a few of peoples worries.There are many more.

 

They brag we have spent 7 million in the local community.

It has cost 9 million to police one site.

 

What is really behing this that one political party insists it must happen.

It it money for influence,the donations that we have seen affect political judgement before.

It it the web that leads to politicians and their powerful friends.

Are we trying to copy that vast area on the other side of the Atlantic America.

On this small area of land where we live so close together.

Is the country that broke they will gamble on something that looks sure to fail.

Research how much money has been made from Fracking so far.

And how many wells will be required throughout England.

Do not ask me whats going down but it makes you wonder.

 

Anyway i came to put this link on from a Protector who wrote down from the heart recently a few words.

After years watching and standing there at the Roadside saying no.

Facing all sorts of hurdles.

 

Starts like this and continues on the link.

Recently after a nun, vicar and monk spoke during faith week… I asked some police officers, just who were the ‘good guys’? And they said themselves.

So I asked who are the ‘bad guys’ they were here policing… was it the nun, the vicar or the monk?

They laughed but it isn’t really funny is it… there must be ‘bad guys’ if policing levels are what they are and the only alternative on this road is Cuadrilla.

The obvious fails to be seen by those who don’t look.

Continues on the link.

 

Bye for now.

Tawnyowl.

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Onwards.

Review Of Week 7 at The Cuadrilla Fracking Site Lancashire.

UnitedResistance Weekly Review. Week 7
Roses Are Red...& White

A mixed week really, one which saw Smart Card assaulted and arrested and it saw strange behaviour on what can only be described as the Inspector out on a limb

 

Visitors from Yorkshire rounded off the week

https://www.facebook.com/SmartCard007/videos/vb.1755176631381479/2118027785096360/?type=2&theater

 

Always like to have a look around,read what has happened elsewhere.

Cells and Jails may need building for some people if what we read is fact.

Accountability will be sought.

You often get satisfaction when you see what is happening and when it does you say to your mates with a smug feeling of satisfaction i told you so.

Imagine if half of what i have put on these pages comes true.

No feeling of satisfaction because it is not the economy,money it is our Environment.

 

Anyway do not have nightmares, sleep well a little night time reading.

 

America.

The combination of two technologies – hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – has enabled the oil and gas industry to engage in an effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States. “Fracking,” however, has also led to tremendous environmental harm and put the health and safety of communities across the country at risk.

 

Since 2005, according to industry and state data, at least 137,000 fracking wells have been drilled or permitted in more than 20 states, but the scale of fracking’s impact on our environment can be difficult to grasp.

This report quantifies some of the key environmental and public health-related impacts triggered by fracking during the technology’s decade-long spread across the country.

To protect the public and our environment, states should take action to ban fracking, or, failing that, to ensure that oil and gas companies are held to the highest level of environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

https://environmentamerica.org/reports/ame/fracking-numbers-0

 

Week 8 of the United Resistance against Fracking begins shortly.

What will it bring i wonder.Surprises of that you can be sure.

Gone for now.

Tawnyowl.

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Student climate campaigners have just taken over a key building at a prestigious university

Speaking to The Canary, a spokesperson for the group said:

 

There can be no business as usual while Cambridge continues to profit from climate catastrophe.

We have taken every democratic route possible towards divestment, demonstrating the depth of popular support on this issue, and yet University Council is set to reject divestment once again. This is a climate emergency, and it is time for Cambridge to divest and turn its back on the industry responsible.

We will shut down the University’s administrative heart until University management commit to full divestment.

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/news/2018/05/19/student-climate-campaigners-have-just-taken-over-a-key-building-at-a-prestigious-university/

 

Anti-fracking pensioner convicted at two trials in one day

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/16237986.Anti-fracking_campaigner_convicted_at_two_trials_in_one_day/

 

 

Fracking protests face injunction.

A fracking company is applying for an injunction to stop protesters from disrupting its plans to restart the process after a seven-year gap.

 

Cuadrilla, which caused minor earth tremors when it carried out hydraulic fracturing in the UK in 2011, plans to extract shale gas near Blackpool this summer.

The firm has drilled the first of four wells at the site and will apply to the government this week for final consent.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fracking-protests-face-injunction-gcfnt2kc6?shareToken=2127f835b1cd25404971454410921117

 

Recently,elsewhere,just trying to get to grips with things.

Court injunction to protect UK Oil and Gas threatens our rights to protest

Local residents are standing up to oppose the oil and gas industry’s assault on our human rights. Emily Anderson reports.

https://www.redpepper.org.uk/court-injunction-to-protect-uk-oil-and-gas-threatens-our-rights-to-protest/

 

Live from Cuadrilla Fracking Site Lancashire. a few moments ago.

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Live at the moment. Kind of saying time for people,communities to step up.

Time for the sleeping giants the people to wake up,the only thing these corporations,government take any notice of.We have seen things change by the power of the people before.

On hell of a interesting summer to come.

Are we going to let the Frackers run free or say hold on a minute,what the hell do you think you are doing.Frack Off.Be gone from our communities.

I had better go now,getting a little to roused,and it is early.Blood Pressure rising.

Leave you with Ian.

 

8-30 AM-Ian R Crane.

FRACKing with Democracy ...

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What’s happening this week? 21-27 May 2018
-Drill Or Drop

In this week’s listings:

Two ministers give evidence to select committee inquiry on fracking planning guidance;

Parliamentary launch of report on the relationship of fracking and historic coal mining;

Surrey councillors consider Europa’s fencing plans for its oil exploration site near Leith Hill;

Continuing United Resistance campaign against fracking in Lancashire;

Plus film screenings and information events.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/20/whats-happening-this-week-21-27-may-2018/

 

Cuadrilla confirms it has applied to the government for hydraulic fracturing consent

And seeks to extend protest injunction at Lancashire fracking site.

On the application for fracking consent, Mr Egan said:

“Following the Government’s very recent announcement which underlined the national importance of shale gas we are very pleased to submit our application for hydraulic fracturing consent to the Secretary of State.

We are now very close to demonstrating that Lancashire shale gas can be commercially developed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

We look forward to receiving consent to progress from the Secretary of State at the earliest opportunity.”

“Desperate lengths”

A spokesperson for the Frack Free Lancashire campaign group said this morning:

 

“Frack Free Lancashire is wholly unsurprised that Cuadrilla need to resort to the desperate lengths of an injunction that assaults our basic human rights of meaningful protest, under sections 10 and 11 of the Human Rights Act 1998. The only surprise is that it’s taken them so long to attempt to buy the law.

 

“When you have forced a dirty industry past all manner of democracy and the refusal of local communities, protest and dissent is expected.

 

“This industry and its inflictors are both toxic and unwanted.

Protest will continue, regardless of the fracking industry trying to manipulate the law to benefit their own ailing operations.”

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/21/cuadrilla-seeks-to-extend-protest-injunction-at-lancashire-fracking-site/

 

Theresa May’s in for a shock as a former government adviser breaks ranks over fracking and earthquakes

Just days after Theresa May’s government relaxed the rules over fracking, a former government adviser has warned that the industry could cause earthquakes at up to half of all licensed sites in the UK. But he goes further, calling for a pause on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas until the “full extent of the risk can be properly assessed”.

https://www.thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2018/05/21/theresa-mays-in-for-a-shock-as-a-former-government-adviser-breaks-ranks-over-fracking-and-earthquakes/

 

Interesting but time to move on.

Stop Protests and Start Fracking what times we are in.

Lets go to court,splash a few pounds around and try to stop stop the tree huggers disturbing our path to hell.

I even got called a Tree Hugger once,and told to get a job despite having three.

 

Then i thought hugging a tree,something wrong with that.

Far better than chopping them down during nesting season as has been happening this year.

Tens of thousands of trees chopped down in a stealth attack.

Oh,yes to make sure leaves do not fall on a railway track.

And of course the trees in Sheffield as well.Better leave that and move on.

Can you believe this news,Tawnyowl the Tree Hugger,hard enough nowadays to find a decent one to roost in.

 

Well i am sure the Frackers are chuckling this morning.Or were till they arrived at the Fracking Site.

Thinking soon there will be no one around to monitor,or say Frack Off you invadors,you have no social licence to be here.

Anyway you can be sure the protectors will carry on no matter what hurdles are thrown at them.

Article 10 and 11 Human Rights,the rights to protest are pretty clear.

No matter what some clever Barrister tries to say.

 

You do not have to be Einstein to realise the Frackers are not going to have it all their own way.

People are coming together to oppose.

So what is going down in opposition.Things are building of that there can be no doubt. .

 

This morning-Cuadrilla Fracking Site Lancashire is locked down.Multiple Lock Ons.

Earlier Videos First.Caraven Tuesday Lock On is taking place.

The Protectors came through the swirling mists maybe 2am i am not sure yet and locked the Site down.In the strangest way i have seen yet on The Road To Hell.

https://www.facebook.com/tinalouiseuk/videos/vb.885330257/10160457981740258/?type=2&theater.

 

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.boyle.5283/videos/vb.1636670260/10214211071464186/?type=2&theater

 

Couple of hours ago.

https://www.facebook.com/tinalouiseuk/videos/vb.885330257/10160458441355258/?type=2&theater

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Latest i have seen.

Caravan Tuesday-Happy Tuesday the Protectors say.

Francis Egan this morning is rumoured to be taking plenty of Paracetamol for the Serious Headache he has developed.

Just noticed Tina Rothery seems to be locked on.

Anyway the video.Latest

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.boyle.5283/videos/vb.1636670260/10214212043008474/?type=2&theater

 

Much earlier-2 am roughly as things developed

https://www.facebook.com/catherine.boyle.5283/videos/vb.1636670260/10214211440113402/?type=2&theater

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Just putting this on then back later.

Unfortunately in a town where tourism and retail seem to be the main jobs.

Many people are working hard and at the end of the week you hardly have enough left to feed the cat. And time is such a issue.

Hundreds of people if not thousands want to be there down at the Fracking Site to support the Protectors.

But find it difficult.

Whether through illness or other reasons.

But many are like myself i feel polishing their hooves and soon will clip clop down there if only for a hour or two,a day or two or even a week or two.

And there are many events brewing in the pot for all to join.

I am going now but will leave you with this and return later.A few photos from Smart Card productions as the Lock On Continues.

We said no said these guys. 11 body lock on deployed really early hours.

These folks are given no choice after the fail of the democratic process.

Taking the fight to cuadrilla these protectors are set for the long haul in what can only be described as a reinforced biscuit tin.

 

Yes folks this has a caravan club sticker on the back window but me thinks these guys inside ain't off to carry on camping.

 

The guys inside have supplies and are ready to excersise their right to protest.

 

With interviews from early on and more footage to come later this is Smart Card reporting for freedom of the democratic process

Back Later.

Tawnyowl reporting from a day when the Caravan Club arrived at the Fracking Site.

Gone.

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Latest,Live at the moment from The Cuadrilla Fracking Site as the lock on continues.

Protector Removal Squad is on scene.

Check out the protectors,the state now of the caravan and the protectors who have been there over 17 hours now .

https://www.facebook.com/darren.dennett.927/videos/168645883811041/?hc_ref=ARSoRhNyE-XhKE9iNAyoGomxQh4ETJqvni_Dhzk4Y25wh4cBboJ2Amc3zPRHJMQAIkc

 

Earlier.

https://www.facebook.com/darren.dennett.927/videos/vb.100019968918368/168630923812537/?type=2&theater

 

https://www.facebook.com/darren.dennett.927/videos/vb.100019968918368/168617643813865/?type=2&theater

 

Live from St Stephen's Green London a short time ago
.

Ian R Crane and Joe Corré

FRACKING Earthquakes Across Northern England?

Gold Standards what a joke.

 

Campaigners call for fracking moratorium in former mining areas after new report reveals shale gas plans overlooked key geological data
-Drill Or Drop.

Fracking companies and regulators have failed to use all available geological data when applying for planning permission, according to a report launched at Westminster this afternoon.

 

The study, by a former Downing Street adviser, shows that historic coal mining data has been overlooked or ignored.

 

It calls on planning committees to consider detailed maps of faults when deciding applications.

 

Anti-fracking campaigners have called for a moratorium on fracking in mining areas and a public investigation.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/22/campaigners-call-for-fracking-moratorium-in-former-mining-areas-after-new-report-reveals-shale-gas-plans-overlooked-key-geological-data/

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One of those nights. Up at 2-45 am and thinking many things.

Like how many protectors are still locked on.

Today is going to be a scorcher and they are still there.

26 hours now roughly.In a Caravan and on the ground locked in concrete and goodness knows what else.

Unbelievable actions for sure.

 

Update as far as i know and then going to get some sleep.

Update from Preston New Road where 11 protectors locked-on to metal tubes and a caravan last night blockading Cuadrilla with a powerful display of love and defiance.

 

5 people have now been cut out of the action and arrested.

 

6 people remain in place and the blockade is holding strong now that the cutting crew have gone home for the night.

 

2 people are still in the second lock-on tube on the ground and 4 remain in the caravan.

 

The cutting crew tried to get the folks who locked-on to declip but the people we know in the action will NEVER give up.

 

They are the United Resistance and they've shown amazing endurance in the heat today. It's been an incredible response to yesterday's news and attempts by the government to centralise power on planning permissions for onshore extreme energy.

Update later.

 

Other news.Drill Or Drop.

Ministers quizzed over plans to “streamline” fracking decisions

Government ministers were questioned by MPs last night about their proposals to take fracking decisions out of local control and scrap the need for planning applications for exploration sites.

 

Energy Minister, Claire Perry, and Local Government Minister, Dominic Raab, appeared last night before the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee which is investigating planning guidance on fracking.

 

They were questioned on a written ministerial statement, issued last week, which announced a consultation on classifying fracking applications as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP). This would mean proposals would be decided by a government-appointed planning inspector, rather than the local authority.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/22/ministers-quizzed-over-plans-to-streamline-fracking-decisions/

 

Back later.

Tawnyowl.

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The final protector was removed around 19:15 at PNR after a 41 hour blockade.

 

The caravan was in pieces by the end & its remains were loaded into the back of a truck.

More details weekend.

 

Third Energy warned over two more permit breaches at fracking site

Bunding designed to prevent pollution at Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton was in such a poor state during part of last month that it would not contain a spill, according to a warning from the Environment Agency.

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/24/third-energy-warned-over-two-more-permit-breaches-at-fracking-site/

 

Related interesting.For points raised.

Why the government must block fracking based on what we learned about regulation of the KM8 site

https://drillordrop.com/2017/09/21/guest-post-by-jon-and-val-mager-why-the-government-must-block-fracking-based-on-what-we-learned-about-regulation-of-the-km8-site/

 

Ineos fracking protest injunction to be challenged at appeal court.

Joe Corre and Joe Boyds application to the Court of Appeal has been successful.

Mr Corre has been granted permission to pursue his case on one ground and Mr Boyd on three.

The campaigners had described the injunction has “unprecedented” and “draconian”.

Their legal teams argued it was already having a “chilling effect” on the debate about fracking.

 

Since the hearing, UK Oil & Gas and Cuadrilla have applied for similar injunctions.

 

Mr Boyd said tonight:

 

“It is fantastic news, particularly as Cuadrilla is applying on many of the same grounds.

 

“This shows that it is not a strictly clear cut case as some of the industry’s legal teams are trying to make out.

 

“It is definitely a step in the right direction. It is a case of national importance.”

https://drillordrop.com/2018/05/24/ineos-fracking-protest-injunction-to-be-challenged-at-appeal-court/

 

Ineos tries to block pollution controls on flaring at Grangemouth

https://theferret.scot/ineos-flaring-controls-grangemouth/?utm_source=sharebuttons&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=mashshare

 

Live at the moment-Ian R Crane

The DEATH THROES of FRACKING ....

 

Live from the Cuadrilla Fracking Site a moment ago as a protector is hurt.

And a ambulance is called.

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