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Planning Appeals “Called In”

Planning Appeals “Called In”

The Secretary of State (Greg Clark) is to call in Cuadrilla’s two fracking appeals in Lancashire. The Planning Inspector will still produce a report but the decision will be made at Westminster. The reason given is that the drilling appeals (3134385 and 3134386) involve proposals for exploring and developing shale...

DECC Wave 15 shows significant increase in opposition to fracking

DECC Wave 15 shows significant increase in opposition to fracking

DECC released the results of Wave 15 of their opinion tracker. Since Wave 8 (December 2013) they have been tracking public support or opposition to fracking. Over those two years the situation has shifted radically as can be see from this graph: Over these two year we have seen support...

Clearing the DECCs

Clearing the DECCs

Well it almost passed unnoticed, but George Osborne’s speech in Manchester this week may have profound effects on UK energy policy, fracking and the future of renewables. It seems that DECC has not been running as an autonomous department since the May election, instead it has been under direct control...

Will we ever be able to have an intelligent debate?

Will we ever be able to have an intelligent debate?

I have spent some time over on a Facebook page apparently run by an anonymous group who describe themselves “as a group of UK residents that are backing fracking to create jobs in areas where they are needed most” Leaving aside the credibility issues they have by insisting on remaining...

The National Fracking Gallery – Buttermere Lake, with Part of Cromackwater, Cumberland, a Shower (and  a fracking well)

The National Fracking Gallery – Buttermere Lake, with Part of Cromackwater, Cumberland, a Shower (and a fracking well)

Fortunately for them, the residents of Cumbria and the Lake District are unlikely to suffer from fracking – they just have the joys of nuclear waste dumping to look forward too. Funny how this stuff all happens away from the South isn’t it? If you enjoy this please like and...

The blame game

The blame game

The pro-fracker’s latest PR stunt is to try to profit from the misfortune of a PR Marriott employee who has been made redundant by trying to lay the entire blame for this on Lancashire County Council (for having refused permission to Cuadrilla to sink exploration wells last July), and by...

Chair of DEFRA Panel confirms accuracy of Rural Impacts study?

Chair of DEFRA Panel confirms accuracy of Rural Impacts study?

A recent article in the Solicitors’ Journal entitled “Fracking: What you need to consider” discusses issues which need to be considered by conveyancing solicitors in areas where fracking may take place. [The article can only be accessed in full by registered users but you can sign up for a free...

Is fracking in PEDL 165 about to be hobbled?

Is fracking in PEDL 165 about to be hobbled?

Hot on the heels of the LCC decision to refuse Cuadrilla’s planning applications for Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road we saw a Westminster Hall debate on fracking. In this debate Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton proposed a buffer zone of six miles between fracking sites and an...

Pennsylvania Nein Danke!

Pennsylvania Nein Danke!

Prospectors and protesters await crucial UK fracking decision So runs the headline in today’s Financial Times above an article which begins Britain’s leading shale gas explorer Cuadrilla has cited rural Pennsylvania in the US, home to America’s “fracking” revolution, as a model for Lancashire where it hopes within days to...

A hit – a very palpable hit!

A hit – a very palpable hit!

This week the Preston New Road Action Group sent out a press release which highlighted the fact that Cuadrilla are, by their own admission, planning between 80-100 well pads on their licence area. The Press release was accompanied by a diagram showing a hypothetical layout of 100 wells outside the...