Category: Regulation

Bang Bang

So this week there have been two reports released which should have reduced the fracking industry’s stocks of paracetamol. The first came from the University of Stirling and looked at the research that underpinned the Scottish parliament’s ban on fracking. In the first study of its kind, the team compared the...

More Fools’ Gold

More Fools’ Gold

So following on from yesterday’s post we have further evidence of how our “gold standard regulation” works. Yesterday morning the A583 was closed at about 7:15 to allow a convoy of trucks to enter the site. The trucks passed protesters at the entrance to the site at 7:27. This was...

Manifestly wrong

Manifestly wrong

So we now know what the Conservative Party has in mind for fracking if they get re-elected in June. Or at least we know what they would like us to believe they will do, as a manifesto promises from the Conservative Party haven’t always been reliable. Here is the passage...

Watching the Defectives

Watching the Defectives

So, with the usual PR fanfare Cuadrilla announced their shiny new environmental measurements portal. We are glad that they are at least acknowledging the potential impacts of their activities, but we don’t really think it’s appropriate they they seem to be being left to mark their own homework here. Interestingly...

LCC – Kowtowing to Cuadrilla?

LCC – Kowtowing to Cuadrilla?

There has been much contention over the last 5 days about the way in which Cuadrilla have appropriated a patch of land over which, according to the police, the public have a right of way. On Friday the Heras fencing at the site, which had been along the hedge line...

An invitation to Francis Egan of Cuadrilla

An invitation to Francis Egan of Cuadrilla

The following invitation was extended to Mr Egan in a letter in the Blackpool Gazette and the Lancashire Evening Post by local  geologist Trina Froud. Dear Sir, We have recently had the opportunity to question the regulators, and this week brings the British Geological Survey, who are carrying out some...

Wishy Washy – A sign of things to come?

Wishy Washy – A sign of things to come?

We learned yesterday on the Drill or Drop website that Senior Lancashire County Council councillors have been criticising Cuadrilla‘s record on planning conditions. Marcus Johnson, the cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, told the council’s development control committee this morning: “It has to be said that, as we...

Moving the posts before the game starts

Moving the posts before the game starts

We know how keen Cuadrilla are to use rubgy pitches as a comparison so it seems appropriate to use them as a metaphor here. The posts do seem to be moving before the referee has even allowed the game to start. As far as we are aware the planning permission...

If the frackers can’t keep to simple rules …

Today’s Times front page carries an article about a draft ruling made by the ASA on 5 complaints made about a Friends of the Earth Leaflet by fracktastic tag team of The Reverend Roberts and the now discredited Ken Wilkinson. Interestingly according to ASA procedures, all draft rulings must remain...

Where will all the fluid go?

One of the key questions that needs to be answered if fracking were to be given the go ahead relates to the water treatment facilities in the UK capable of processing waste water from shale gas extraction. A question was put to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and...