The UK’s first new deep coalmine in decades has been given the go-ahead by the government, after Ministers opted against calling in Cumbria Council’s prior planning approval despite fears over the development’s climate impact. The green light for Woodhouse Colliery, which would see up to 2.5 million tonnes of metallurgical coal extracted and processed each year to supply the steelmaking industry, comes during the same week the government launched a new review into how the UK can meet its net zero emissions goal.
Business Green 5th Nov 2019 read more »
Cuadrilla and the UK’s fracking quartet have been treated shabbily by Britain’s political class. They have been lured into eight years of endeavour and ruinous sunk costs on fickle assurances. They have been subjected to discriminatory seismic thresholds by the British state that do not apply to other industries. A legitimate sector has been subjected to a campaign of vilification. Jeremy Corbyn crossed a line last week when he broadcast his list of corporate villains and accused Ineos chief Jim Ratcliffe of making his money “by polluting the environment”. This is to incite an anti-business pogrom against a targeted scapegoat. If you are a fracker – it seems – you forfeit your civil rights. We still have to find some other way to replace the gas that heats 84pc of our homes, and generates half our electricity, and that will increasingly come with Kremlin strings attached as North Sea gas runs out. Fortunately that other way is now becoming possible. The cost of offshore wind power has fallen so fast – with the latest auctions coming in below market prices at under £40 per megawatt hour – that we can start to map an even better route to energy independence. The wind bonanza of the North Sea’s shallow sandbanks is an order of magnitude greater than British shale. In parallel we have the tumbling cost of both energy storage and the production of “green hydrogen” from electrolysis. It is a fair bet that we will be able to generate hydrogen from wind power at costs low enough to displace LNG gas imports by the early 2030s, depending on the implicit level of global carbon taxes. Yes, this means transforming the country’s energy infrastructure. It is not beyond the wit of man. So a fond farewell to our frackers. I am sorry that this country was horrible to you. Good luck in Argentina or Australia, or wherever else they treat you better.
Telegraph 4th Nov 2019 read more »
The UK’s leading shale gas company hopes to overturn a government moratorium on fracking by proving that it can be safe despite triggering earthquakes. Cuadrilla has said it would provide the oil and gas regulator with new data to address the concerns of communities near active fracking sites so the suspension of its operations can be lifted. The company said it would continue to make the case for fracking after a government U-turn last week sounded a potential death knell for the industry by halting fracking in England because of concerns about earthquakes. Cuadrilla’s fracking has led to a number of tremors near its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, including a 2.9-magnitude quake in August. It was forced to stop work at the site just weeks before the licence was due to expire at the end of this month, and will not be allowed to apply for an extension.
Guardian 4th Nov 2019 read more »
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Fracking moratorium – the unanswered questions.
Drill or Drop 4th Nov 2019 read more »
We want to hear from those who lived locally to the UK’s only active fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire, or to a site which was either granted or in the process of applying for planning permission.
Guardian 4th Nov 2019 read more »