Articles on fracking

….the national government has opened up the whole country, even national parks, for potential fracking

and the Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey has talked of his “love” of fracking even although it will make no difference to energy prices and mean we continue to use carbon fuel while most other countries are busy embracing the renewable energy of tomorrow. ‘

Green Party Dewsbury

But, but, but, but then, there’s the mysterious case of
Frack Free Witney

Posted on 7th July 2015 by

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here’s an article about how it all begins…

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www.reaf.org.uk

Banks Shale Gas Update, June 2014

In 2010 Lancashire County Council (LCC) gave the Shale Gas exploration and production company, Cuadrilla Resources, permission to drill a vertical well at the Becconsall site, Marsh Rd, Banks. Planning Application 08/10/0973

There was no public consultation and neighbours living only a few hundred metres from the site, whose property has since been dramatically devalued, were unaware of the proposal. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) did not have any involvement in the design or implementation of the well. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was avoided by leasing only 0.99 hectares, just under the 1 hectare threshold for EIA consideration. Hydraulic fracturing was not mentioned in the planning application.

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The target of the vertical well is the Bowland Shale Formation just one mile below this area. At Hesketh Bank the shale layers start at only 1/2 mile down. A reminder of how close our community lives to the dangers caused by unconventional extreme energy production.

In Spring 2011 the dangers associated with this industry were felt. 50 seismic events were recorded by the British Geological Survey (BGS) during just a few fracking treatments at the Preese Hall site. In April and May 2011, tremors measuring 2.3 and 1.5 on the Richter Scale were felt by local residents on the Fylde.

It became apparent during the investigation that the well casing had been deformed by the first earthquake. Deformation of well casings compromise integrity and can create a pathway for gas or fracking fluids, water and chemicals, to leak or migrate.

The pre-existing fault which was triggered into action by Cuadrilla’s fracking procedure had not been identified. It was therefore reckless for Cuadrilla to continue not only with a deformed well casing but also without performing a further geological investigation.

Cuadrilla moved its operations to the Marsh Rd site in Banks in August 2011 where it drilled a vertical well. However, further work was suspended while the link between seismicity and fracturing was investigated.

A planning application (08/12/1032) for a time extension was submitted to LCC in 2012.

David Smythe, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Glasgow, states in his research that there are 400 more fault lines beneath the surface in the UK, dramatically increasing the risk of seismic events and so the risk of gas and oil leaking into water sources or to the surface.

Louis Allstadt, former executive vice president with 30 years at Mobil Oil, states shale gas technology is dangerous and untested and that making fracking safe is impossible.

The events from the Preese Hall site combined with public pressure from local residents, REAF, Friends of the Earth and many others convinced LCC that shale gas activities which included fracking must only be considered if planning applications were accompanied by an Environmental Statement (An EIA on submission). To date no Environmental statement has been offered with regard to the site at Banks.

The time allowed for completion of works contained in P/A 08/12/1032 has now expired.

A new appraisal stage (pre production) application was submitted to LCC in April 2014  (LCC/2014/0047). This is for a 3 year time framework to carry out a series of gas pressure monitoring tests. This would involve using an explosive to blast a holes in the well casing to fracture the rock formation, allowing gases and fluids (if present or produced) to enter the well bore for monitoring. These tests would last for 12 months, Cuadrilla then proposes to cap that well.

8634c620-e08e-4573-aeb9-2f7c894147baWith millions already invested in the site and dozens of seismic monitoring stations installed in the area, commercial exploitation will follow. REAF has submitted a letter of objection to LCC which cites the significant negative impact the shale gas industry will have on the substantial residential and seasonal bird populations, frequenting the immediate and surrounding area.

The Becconsall site lies within 700 mts. of the Ribble and Alt Special Protected Area (SPA) and RAMSAR site. These have been designated as important sites for wintering bird populations but also for breeding seabirds and bird passage.

In March a partnership of leading conservation charities; Angling Trust, National Trust, RSPB, WWT, Salmon and Trout Association and  The Wildlife Trusts wrote a report on the  significant impacts of shale gas on our countryside, wildlife and the climate. The Country Land and Business Association have also expressed their concerns recently.

fbb4d2fb-00ca-40b2-b005-b71efdb2f837Friends of the Earth have published a significant report which exposes that far from being ‘gold standard’, much of UK fracking regulation is inadequate, flawed or ineffectively applied and enforced. Some potential impacts are simply not considered at all. This exposes the country to unacceptable risks to the local environment and health and from rising carbon emissions. The risks exposed in this document are serious. Because of this, there should be an immediate moratorium on further exploration for and production of unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas and coal bed methane.

A group of 150 eminent academics, scientists, lawyers, activists, organizations, unions, authors, journalists, film makers, theatre, film, television fashion and sports men and women have written to the Times urging the government to suspend fracking immediately while a genuinely independent, balanced and thorough public debate is held into the potential dangers this industry holds for the UK. dc71e901-5c6d-4f4a-9a34-ae714ca9afca

Among the celebrities backing this new campaign of nationwide debates http://www.talkfracking.org are Sir Paul McCartney, Helena Bonham-Carter, Mariella Frostrup, Bianca Jagger and Russell Brand.

There are now nearly 200 British & Irish regional/national grassroots groups and thousands of individuals opposing this high risk industry of fracking.

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The DEFRA Redactions exposed

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Health & Fracking: the impacts & opportunity costs -Medact

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Articles about fracking in Lancashire and Yorkshire…

Third Energy amends fracking application PeelOilandGasPad-300x225

Third Energy has submitted amendments to its application to carry out fracking activity at an existing gas well at Kirby Misperton, after the original proposal was not validated by North Yorkshire County Council.

more….

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Information re the fracking applications in the Fylde

Preston New Road Presentation Day, 18th June

The majority of the members of the Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee attended this closed (i.e. not open to the general public) session which included six half-hour presentations by local groups, plus expert witnesses and lawyers speaking on their behalf. The afternoon ended with a presentation by Cuadrilla.

The meeting was listened to by all protestors outside the County Hall. The legal advice was posted on the Lancs website and can be viewed here.

 (Thanks to Marg g for above information)

More from Marg G… (edited from a Skipton 38 Degrees wordpress’ posts)

I have lots of links but might be in danger of overwhelming those who aren’t interested in this issue…

 

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Fracking – “It Will Kill Everything” – Voices from the Gasfields

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Fracking’s impact on farms left out of government assessment

Jez Fredenburgh    Thursday 2 July 2015    Farmer’s Weekly

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News and analysis from the Guardian

on drilling for shale and coal seam gas using the technique known as hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’

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