Category: Air Polllution

Air Pollution

Preston New Road Community Group  Slams New Task Force Report

Preston New Road Community Group Slams New Task Force Report

PRESTON NEW ROAD COMMUNITY GROUP PRESS INFORMATION 15th July 2015 Preston New Road Community Group Slams New Task Force Report Preston New Road Community Group has described the newly-published report by the Task Force on Shale Gas – Assessing the Impact of Shale Gas on the Local Environment and Health...

So what did the government NOT want you know about the impacts of fracking?

So what did the government NOT want you know about the impacts of fracking?

The Report on The Shale Gas Rural Economy impacts was published in heavily redacted form, generating a storm of protest in March 2014. Over a year later, and coincidentally just after the LCC decisions on Cuadrilla’s two development site applications, on July 1st 2015, the full report was finally published....

Those DEFRA Redactions exposed

Those DEFRA Redactions exposed

Last night DEFRA released the previously redacted report on the impacts of fracking on the rural economy. Whilst much of the report tells us nothing we didn’t already know, what is fascinating is the extent to which the redaction illustrate the Government’s desperation to remain “on-message” as far as shale...

Why are the comments more interesting than the articles?

Why are the comments more interesting than the articles?

I am obviously not referring to the comments on the Telegraph pages which seem to be the unique preserve of a certain kind of swivel-eyed,  anti-EU, foaming at the mouth Farage-alike. I am referring here to the Guardian comments on a “Comment Is Free” article penned by an American politician...

Guest blog post – Professor Mike Stephenson’s Lecture

Guest blog post – Professor Mike Stephenson’s Lecture

On Monday 1th January, Professor Mike Stephenson gave a lecture on Shale Gas: Fracking, Groundwater and Earthquakes at Lancaster University. One of Refracktion’s supporters was able to get a ticket and this is their report on the lecture. The talk was organised by the Lancaster University Environment Centre and Royal...

How much would you sell yourself for?

How much would you sell yourself for?

A report in the Blackpool Gazette tells how Wyre MP, Ben Wallace has spoken to Chancellor George Osborne, who is currently considering rewriting the tax regime for mineral extraction, to lobby that a percentage of any profits should be hived off for local use. http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/business-news/local-business/mp-calls-for-local-fracking-tax-1-5321645 This suggests that maybe there...

Just who does stand between YOU and a fracking accident?

Just who does stand between YOU and a fracking accident?

The job of Health, Safety and Environment Director is an important one. We haven’t see Cuadrilla’s job description for this post , but here is how the UK’s official graduate careers website defines the responsibility of a Health and Safety Adviser (Presumably the responsibilities of a Director are commensurately greater)...

The Air Pollution Impacts of Fracking

The Air Pollution Impacts of Fracking

From the RAFF Facebook Page – We thought this important enough to make it permanent here! The shale gas industry here in the UK has not been open about the threats to the health of people living nearby sites where ‘fracking’ takes place. Of course earthquakes, water and land contamination,...

Dr Tony Ingraffea’s article sums up very clearly the issues surrounding fracking

Dr Tony Ingraffea’s article sums up very clearly the issues surrounding fracking

Dr Tony Ingraffea’s article sums up very clearly the issues surrounding fracking – it is a must read for anybody who needs an introduction to the subject. Dr Ingraffea is perhaps best-known for his co-authorship of a Cornell University 2011 study that established the greenhouse gas footprint of fracking as...

Emissions Targets Are Like Pension Funds

Emissions Targets Are Like Pension Funds

In November 2012 UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) published The Emissions Gap Report 2012. There is an Executive Summary available on the page which makes it very clear that action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance...