South Lakes MP Tim Farron is calling for a pause on plans for a coal mine in Cumbria, after a new report undermined the case for it not having a negative effect on the environment. A report published today from the independent thinktank Green Alliance, found that there is no evidence that the greenhouse gas emissions of the mining operations would be ‘broadly carbon neutral’, as claimed during the planning process.
NW Evening Mail 16th Jan 2020 read more »
Campaigners have warned that the fracking moratorium announced by the UK government does not apply to acid fracking, a process that involves injecting acid into the earth to dissolve and fracture rock. More than 500 academics, politicians and campaigners have signed an open letter initiated by Brockham Oil Watch calling on the government to ban the practice over fears companies may use it to get around the moratorium. Lawyers and academics said regulation of the use of acid in oil and gas wells is vague and could be exploited. Jonathan Bartley, the co-leader of the Green party, is one of the letter’s signatories. “It isn’t acceptable just to have half a moratorium. The definition [of fracking] needs to be expanded, regulations need to apply right across all forms of unconventional drilling, and local communities need to know what’s going on beneath their feet.”
Guardian 17th Jan 2020 read more »