UK government’s fracking definition ‘could allow drilling without safeguards’

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For anyone who claims Infrastrata are not going to be using fracking at the Woodburn site – read the article below.

I have asked Eoin O Broin of Sinn Fein to get his party to question Infrastrata over the details (discussed in the article below) in regard to the many hows surrounding the type of drilling operation Infrastrata intend to use at Woodburn.

I also stated to Eoin O’Broin that SF have had long enough to decide which side they are on when it comes to Infrastrata’s drill at Woodburn and until SF take real action to stop Infrastrata and come out publicly with a party statement outlining this course of action & calling for Infrastrata’s operation to be shut down – until then the reality is that SF are not on the side of the ‪#‎stopthedrill‬ campaign.

Whether or not Infrastrata intend to use fracking (many of us believe they will) does not dictate whether or not this drill should go ahead – the drilling at Woodburn should not proceed for many reasons – top of that list is obviously water protection.

In the past I recommended to those involved in the campaign in Antrim to get a geologist on board to look at the area Infrastrata wish to drill – this info will lead to a greater understanding of the whole area, what sort of drilling would be needed, what sort of deposits are there (ie oil, radium, uranium, lead, other heavy metals etc etc…)

Also Tellus a cross border geophysical data survey was conducted throughout this island a couple of years ago – if the #stopthedrill campaign has enough money from fundraising (if not we could raise more) they could get the geological data available from Tellus which would answer many questions that still remain about this area ie the oil deposits and type and extent if drilling needed to extract it.

If you’re involved in SF or a supporter of theirs you might want to start getting some answers from them asap.

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Leading geologist warns loophole in government’s legal definition of fracking could enable companies to bypass safety precautions

The UK government has been accused of including a large loophole in its legal definition of fracking which could enable companies to bypass safety regulations, according to a leading geologist.

In rules that came into force on 6 April, fracking is defined by the amount of high-pressure fluid used to fracture shale rocks and release gas or oil. However, the only well fracked in the UK so far, which caused small earthquakes near Blackpool in 2011, would not qualify as fracking under the definition.

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Draft shale gas rural economy impacts paper

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Here it is – at last !!!!! The UK Gov redacted it in 63 places first time round.


Fracking applications rejected in Lancashire – EU commission stakeholder meeting

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Fracking applications rejected in Lancashire, UK, and an EU Commission stakeholder meeting

Just over a week ago we published our new briefing and detailed report looking at chemical pollution from fracking. It’s been a busy 10 days since publication, withinaccurate criticism of our report from the UK fracking industry, two decisions on fracking applications in Lancashire, UK, and an EU Commission stakeholder meeting.

Lancashire County Council have been deciding on two separate planning applications for fracking in the county, one at Roseacre Wood, the other at Preston New Road; both applications came from the UK-based company Cuadrilla Resources. Last week the councillors voted to reject the Roseacre Wood application, while yesterday they voted against the Preston New Road site. These votes have led to some questioning the future of fracking in the UK, but there is likely to be an appeal from Cuadrilla. CHEM Trust had sent copies of our report to the councillors prior to their discussions.

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Cuadrilla fracking decision – day 1 in pictures

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K Government ordered to release redacted fracking report in full

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The UK Govt (DEFRA) now has 35 calendar days in which to comply with this order of the UK Information Commissioner to release its full report on the impact of fracking on the rural economy. . If DEFRA fails to release the full report, the UK Information Commissioner could take action against it for contempt of court. The release of this report in full could have a significant role to play in the fracking debate in Ireland, particularly as the rural economy in Ireland is a larger contributor to the  overall economy here when it is compared to the impact of the rural economy in the UK to the overall UK economy


June 18, 2015

Government ordered to release redacted fracking report in full

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Celtique Energie – no permission to drill

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A shale gas company has said it won’t appeal after it was refused
permission to explore for oil and gas at two sites in West Sussex.

Celtique Energie had put forward planning applications to drill wells at
Fernhurst and Wisborough Green but were rejected by officials last year.

INEOS to acquire significant share of key IGas North-West shale gas assets.

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NEOS to acquire significant share of key IGas North-West shale gas assets.

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Browne makes dealmaking comeback

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Financial Times, February 27, 2015 10:32 pm

Browne makes dealmaking comeback
Christopher Adams, Energy Editor

Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP, is to take charge of a $10bn oil and gas group backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, with a brief to build an international business through partnership deals and acquisitions.
Lord Browne’s appointment as executive chairman of L1 Energy, to be announced on Monday, marks a return to a high-profile energy role for the peer, who will give up his job at Riverstone, the private equity group, and Cuadrilla, the UK shale explorer.
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