Fracking videos

Tina Louise Rothery and Bob Dennitt are the main spokespeople on this video and we were lucky enough to have them talking to us at Carleton 🙂

What is Fracking ? Frack Free Crawberry Hill Frack Free Crawberry Hill

Fracking: The Industrialisation of the countryside

Frack Free Crawberry Hill

North Yorkshire County Council Meeting 10/06/15

Truthloader”>Fracking in the UK: what are the big issues?

You’ll have heard the word fracking used a lot in conjunction with the US… and now it’s coming to the UK. We’re going to take a look at the biggest issues surrounding the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing to extract gas from deep below the ground.
Published on 14 Aug 2014      6 mins 30 secs     Plus links to sources of information

Should fracking for shale gas be permitted in the UK? 
five-minute debate  The Guardian  Published on 27 Aug 2013    

 BBC Newsnight: fracking regulators inadequate

Published on 21 Mar 2012

BBC Newsnight last night revealed UK fracking regulators failed to visit sites they were supposed to be regulating. See the full post here – http://gasdrillinginbalcombe.wordpres…
The Health and Safety Exectuive – in charge of the integrity of wells – neglected to perform independent analysis of UK frackers Cuadrilla. Instead they relied on the companies own reports. (see 8.04 of video)
This lack of oversight is in line with government policy. In July the government said “It is the operator’s responsibility to ensure the integrity of the well, not the regulator.”
See point 15 here – http://www.publications.parliament.uk…
According to the same document the HSE “proactively regulates activities” of the drillers. Indeed: proactivetly reading company reports would surely raise a sweat on the brow. Not that we are able to find out – the HSE have denied Freedom of Information requests for Cuadrilla’s drilling reports they are allegedly overseeing. (link FOI denied?)
In July 2011 the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee took issue with this lacadasical approach, advising advised the HSE ‘test the integrity of wells before allowing the licensing of drilling activity.’
See point 15 here – http://www.publications.parliament.uk…
The government slapped them down, with Minister Charles insisting ‘we have a strong safety and environmental regime in place, adminstered by te HSE,the relevant environmentalagencies and my Dept (DECC)’
http://www.publications.parliament.uk…
MPs – spurred to action by concerned residents – have taken to repeating Hendry’s platitudes. with Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames recently assuring that fracking will be ‘adequately regulated’.
http://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/…
Government reticence to increase industry oversight is revealed by the government’s real objective. In his submission to the CECC Charles Hendry notes: “the government is committed to ensuring that e aximise economic recovery of hydrocarbon resouces, both offshore and onshore”
http://www.publications.parliament.uk…
Meanwhile 48 right-thinking MPs have signed an EDM calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing while the impacts and regulatory framework of this high-tech and fast developing industry are assessed.
http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/…

Mining the Largest Shale Gas Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere: What the Frack? 

The UK government is going ahead with its plans to commence fracking across more than half of the country, hoping that it will boost the economy and provide an abundant supply of natural gas.

Critics of the process argue that it contaminates groundwater and damages the environment and public health. A grassroots resistance movement has emerged to fight the introduction of fracking in the UK, and it appears to be gaining momentum throughout the country.

VICE News travels to Blackpool, Lancashire, to see the fractivists in action. The seaside resort town is at the center of a David and Goliath battle between local residents and the energy company Cuadrilla over fracking in the region, which is believed to have one of the largest shale gas reserves in the Northern Hemisphere.

30 mins       Published on 1 Dec 2014

Dash for Gas: Independence at a Price

Danielle Spears  Published on 25 Jul 2012

30-minute documentary exploring the dangers of fracking in the UK. Looking in particular at the areas of Blackpool and Sussex, we speak to residents, anti-fracking campaigners and also supporters of the shale gas industry to better understand the implications of this method of gas production being used in the UK.
Music “Man With The Movie Camera” by The Cinematic Orchestra

Voices from the Gasfields : It started with just ONE well

Published on 1 May 2015

This is the film the UK & Australian Governments do NOT want you to see! Documenting the accounts of families living with the hydrocarbon industry as a neighbour, this hour long documentary is shocking, as it reveals the day to day pollution these people live with – pollution of water, air, light and sound, some of the the basic human requirements needed to survive. The blind eye that the authorities and the hydrocarbon industry turn to these families living conditions, and the complete disregard to the environmental damage done to the bush by this, is truly disgraceful.

I have not seen another film like it, telling us, warning us how really dreadful life is living amongst the gas wells. I have a huge respect for the families in Australia that held onto their land and shared their stories with us. It was especially moving when Brian Monk speaks directly to the audience near the end of the video, very powerful indeed – we would be very wise to listen and act accordingly.

This film should be distributed and shown as widely as possible so we can learn and act. Full credit to Ian R Crane and his colleagues for turning around this moving, informative, high quality film in less than four months since his return from Australia. Thank you Ian and the families from Australia for the absolutely invaluable insight this film gives.

We need to take heed of the “Voices from the Gasfields” so these honourable families have not stayed loyal to their lands in vain.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s