THE date has been set for a final showdown over Copeland’s most divisive issue. West Cumbria Mining’s Woodhouse Colliery will be the subject of a public inquiry carried out by the planning inspectorate. The inquiry will run from Tuesday, September 7 and is anticipated to last for 16 days. Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, a vocal supporter of the mine, called for any physical venue of the inquiry to be in the local area. Mrs Harrison also confirmed she would be speaking in favour of the mine at the inquiry.
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‘Cancer-causing’ chemicals found in children living near fracking well sites following two-year investigation. One nine-year-old had levels of toxic chemicals in his body up to 91 times the average American, and much higher than those in an adult cigarette smoker. A series of in-depth reports, published by non-profit Environmental Health News (ENH) this month, looked at the health impacts on five, non-smoking families living within miles of fracking sites in southwest Pennsylvania.
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Don’t lift fracking moratorium without climate review – government advisor. The government’s climate advisor has said the ongoing moratorium on fracking in England should not be lifted without considering the impact of shale gas on greenhouse gas emissions. In a letter to ministers, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) said a UK shale gas industry could increase the use of fossil gas and raise global greenhouse gas emissions. It said: “If concerns are overcome regarding seismicity, the moratorium on UK shale production should not be lifted without an in-depth independent review of the evidence on the climate impact.” It said the review should look at the effect of shale gas on the UK’s net zero strategy and international decarbonisation plans. There should be a “proper assessment of the lifecycle emissions of UK unconventional fossil fuel production and alternative sources of supply”. The CCC said fossil gas may have a role, in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS}, to make hydrogen and generate electricity. But it said: “UK shale gas production risks increasing the global consumption of fossil gas, unless new UK production is matched by equivalent reductions in overseas supply.”
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