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Could imported LNG really be cheaper than UK produced shale?

Could imported LNG really be cheaper than UK produced shale?

We were struck by a graphic produced by the Frackers’ PR machine last week so we decided to do some analysis of the relative costs ourselves. The results are quite interesting. The moral of today’s story is “Don’t be taken in by simplistic and illogical memes.” Here in one graphic...

Mark Menzies MP – Can you help unravel this mystery?

Mark Menzies MP – Can you help unravel this mystery?

Over the last few weeks a number of commentators have become increasingly concerned that the report from the Committee on Climate Change to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, produced under the direction of the 2015 Infrastructure Act, has not been made public. This report deals with...

Over the moon or sick as a parrot?

Over the moon or sick as a parrot?

Today’s news is the discovery, by researchers from the University of Aberdeen, that high levels of a potentially toxic chemical have been discovered in rock samples taken from an area of the UK targeted for shale gas extraction. The chemical in question is Selenium, and the area concerned is the...

The dominos are falling

The dominos are falling

Professor Paul Younger, an academic who famously supported fracking and UCG, is now reported to have recanted. The Ferret investigative journalism web site now  reports him as saying that the case for shale has has been “fatally undermined” by the government’s U-Turn on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) The Ferret...

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...

UKOOG – it’s hard to understand the science when we can’t get answers!

UKOOG – it’s hard to understand the science when we can’t get answers!

After UKOOG’s embarrassing climb down over their estimates of truck movements on their web sites we asked them for further clarification as we reported here We sent this email to them Subject: Vehicle movements Date: 8 October 2015 14:35:06 BST To: info@ukoog.org.uk Dear Sir On your web site you have...

New study throws light on public attitude to fracking

New study throws light on public attitude to fracking

A new report shows that public attitudes to fracking are, at least to an extent, predictable based on certain factors like gender, age, political persuasion, and environmental values. Lead author Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh from Cardiff University and the Tyndall Centre says “This is the first UK experimental survey of public...

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...