Category: Regulation

#DontMessWithTheTLS

Since Cuadrilla stopped fracking operations at Preston New Road in December due to the seismicity which they appear to have induced there has been a relentless lobbying effort to get the 0.5 Ml (Local Magnitude) seismic Traffic Light System (TLS) limit raised. The industry has a problem here though. Not...

The toys, the pram and the minister

So this week has been quite eventful after the deceptive peace of January, where all we could see happening was a bit of patio gas helping the “flaring” at Preston New Road. The week began with a blustering threat from Ineos to the government in which multi-billionaire man-child, Jim Ratcliffe...

A Question of Seismicity

A local resident puts the Oil and Gas Authority to the question. Will answers be forthcoming? Oil and Gas Authority Cc Mark Menzies MP 4 November 2018 Dear Sir/Madam Following the recorded seismic events near Blackpool in 2011, Cuadrilla commissioned a report into the seismicity of Bowland Shale. In the...

The Fraxit Dilemma

Francis Egan finds himself in the same bind as Theresa May – whichever way he jumps he may lose In the same way that Brexit-ridden Theresa May cannot find a way out of her Chequers plan omnishambles, Francis Egan too seems to find himself facing a similar intractable problem. After...

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...