Category: Regulation

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...

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Morality and Integrity – Two things the Pro-Frackers can’t buy!

Yesterday we were delighted to learn that, after a thorough 18 month investigation,  Mike Hill was totally exonerated by the The Institution of Engineering and Technology with regard to 57 allegations that had been levelled against him. There were in fact two separate complaints brought against Mr Hill. The first...

New “Improved” Independent regulator!!!

New “Improved” Independent regulator!!!

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy made an announcement yesterday. The Oil and Gas Authority will be established as an independent regulator by the UK Government, with new powers that mean it can act with greater speed and flexibility to drive investment, support jobs and further the UK’s...

What is the APPG on Unconventional  Oil and Gas actually for?

What is the APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas actually for?

One of our readers has contacted us with a guest post which is reproduced below. It makes very interesting reading: There has been some condemnation recently of MP Kevin Hollinrake, who was a Vice Chair of the APPG on Unconventional Oil and Gas. He resigned when he was made aware...