Moorside would be 20 miles from Keswick – join protest on 31st May.
Radiation Free Lakeland 29th May 2016 read more »
Tollesbury Parish Council has arranged a Public Meeting to take place on 2 June. The Speakers will be Prof. Andy Blowers, Chair of BANNG, and Prof. Barry Jones, Member of the BANNG Core Group, who will talk about the proposed new nuclear development at Bradwell and issues around decommissioning. The meeting will take place at 7.00pm in ‘The Centre’, East Street, Tollesbury, CM9 8QD (the former Congregational Church, next to McCalls’ Newsagents, in the centre of the village).
BANNG 29th May 2016 read more »
The EU has only limited competence when it comes to energy policy. The mix of fuels and the tax system under which they are traded remain matters of national choice. That isn’t likely to change. It would be a waste of time to try to force France to accept fracking or to tell the Germans that they are going to have to keep nuclear power. Any attempt to centralise such emotive decisions will fail. Europe should proceed step by step with the development of an ultra-high voltage grid which could eventually be connected across the continent. The Chinese have mastered the technology – why can’t Europe do the same? A new grid would allow power to be moved over long distances with minimal losses. The greatest beneficiary would be the renewables sector, where production is often located at a long distance from the main centres of consumption. A grid that could access supplies from all areas would reduce the costs of intermittency arising from the fact that the sun does not shine all the time and the wind does not blow continuously. In particular, a strong grid would remove the burden of maintaining high-cost back-up supplies in the form of power stations usually fired by gas which are used for only a fraction of the day.
FT 30th May 2016 read more »
One of the justifications for fracking is the use of natural gas as a bridging fuel between coal and a low-carbon future. However natural gas is mostly methane, which has strong global warming impacts in its own right. Natural gas therefore only provides climate benefits over coal if the leakage is no more than 2-3%. We cannot measure leaks from every pipe joint. One alternative is to measure the sum of lots of leaks from a distance. Flights over US shale gas fields reveal large methane sources, but these areas also have cattle farms that produce methane and the two sources need to be separated.
Guardian 29th May 2016 read more »
When councillors in North Yorkshire ignored widespread public opposition and granted planning permission for the fracking company Third Energy to carry out test drilling, there were groans around the Nottinghamshire village of Misson. For the last two years, tenacious locals in this quiet fenland hamlet have been fighting attempts by another energy firm to set up a shale gas exploration site in a nearby field.
Guardian 29th May 2016 read more »
SNP MSPs will come under pressure to rebel against the leadership’s policy of a fracking moratorium this week when Labour holds a debate on an outright ban at Holyrood. Fracking is one of the toughest issues for Nicola Sturgeon as the membership is split on it. The first minister is also under pressure from business interests to lift the moratorium, although she has said that she is “highly sceptical” about the technique. It emerged at the weekend that Ineos, the petrochemical company, has moved its fracking operations from Scotland to England. Scottish Labour and the Liberal Democrats back an outright ban and are attempting to put pressure on the SNP over it. Claudia Beamish, Labour’s environment spokeswoman, has tabled a motion at the Scottish parliament calling for cross-party support for a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing, used to recover shale gas from the ground. She said: “The overwhelming consensus amongst scientists is that to tackle climate change we need to develop low-carbon sources of energy.”
Times 30th May 2016 read more »
IT’S time to look again at revitalising the offshore industry instead of investing in fracking, writes Professor Jon Gluyas
Scotsman 29th May 2016 read more »