Thank you for your email regarding the TTIP which outlined some of your concerns about the proposed trade deal. There are many issues raised by different people and in this response I will deal with a core issue for many of those people, ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) and my view on it. Also, I would like to give you my opinion on how TTIP impacts Employment and Social Affairs which is my main Committee responsibility in the Parliament. Continue reading →
Our researcher at Food & Water Watch in the US has been looking at the people involved.
The lead author Mr Michael E. Porter is associated with the American Council on Competitiveness … which has links to Shell, Exelon (natural gas distribution), US Steel, … all energy-intensive industries.
No surprise that they think that lots of gas and low gas prices help their companies.
Monday 29 June 2015The UK Lancs CC Dev Control Committee has voted NOT to have any HVHF pads in Lancashire at this time. Based on additional advice over the weekend. The proposal for seismic arrays has also just been refused !
Cuadrilla can will go for an appeal and the SoS can overturn. Let’s hope they give up after fighting for 5 years. I suspect they will not after spending £175M. The Chancellor said last Sept he would ensure this happens!! So we need to prepare for the appeal to make sure that we make it impossible for Cuadrilla to drill and frack. That needs a very thorough preparation period and all technical aspects brought before the QCs who arte not technical and do not understand that visual impacts are permanent even after P&A and pad removal. This needs explain just why in great detail so they can make the legal case for DM2 and all other aspects
MASSIVE news just in – people power has stopped fracking in Lancashire.  Local residents, supported by thousands of us from across the UK, persuaded the council to vote down the frackers’ plans.
Lancashire Council voted to reject the planning application by 9 votes to 3. And without planning permission, fracking can’t happen.
If fracking had got the go-ahead there, it would have been a first foothold in the UK for this controversial and dirty industry. The oil and gas corporations were determined to make this happen.  David Cameron was determined to make it happen.  But instead, people power has won the day.
Fracking applications rejected in Lancashire, UK, and an EU Commission stakeholder meeting
byMICHAEL WARHURSTonJUNE 30, 2015
Just over a week ago we published our newbriefing and detailed reportlooking at chemical pollution from fracking. It’s been a busy 10 days since publication, withinaccurate criticismof our report from the UK fracking industry, two decisions on fracking applications in Lancashire, UK, and an EU Commission stakeholder meeting.
He said: “Rathlin Energy is still hoping to be able to extract any oil and gas it finds by a conventional drilling process. If for some reason that proves impossible, the company may in future consider hydraulic fracturing, but that’s a very, very long way off. Anything the company does will be subject to strict planning regulations.”
The Canadian-owned energy company has held the licence for oil and gas exploration in the North West since 2008.
During their initial explorations they found a small amount of oil.
Rathlin Energy has now completed further geological surveys and is in the process of finalising the location of their second exploration site.
FrackFeed.com is a new oil and gas industry-supported website whose mission is to challenge the negative public perception of fracking. That’s a tall order since public awareness and opposition to fracking is growing following the passage of a fracking ban in Denton, Texas, as well as a de-facto ban in New York and other high-profile efforts to protect public safety and water supplies by limiting or outright stopping the risky shale extraction technique in communities worldwide. Continue reading →