Monthly archive for June 2017

Live updates from Fylde fracking meeting

More than 450 people filled Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion Theatre for the first town-hall style meeting on fracking in Fylde for more than two years. The event has been organised by Fylde resident and engineer, Mike Hill, and chaired by Charles Metcalfe. DrillOrDrop is reporting live from the meeting.

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A meeting took place between the council and Cuadrilla last night and they were forced to admit at last that they have in fact hit an underground well and that is where the water is coming from. The trench they have built round the edge to collect

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June 2017 drilling headlines

With Thanks To Ruth at DrillorDop DrillOrDrop’s June 2017 digest of news about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas updated daily.    

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Drone pictures raise concerns over surface water at Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site

Drone pictures taken yesterday morning show surface water at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool. Opponents of operations at the site reported that four tankers had entered the site yesterday to collect rain water and another two had gone in by lunchtime today.

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Live updates: eviction of Leith Hill protection camp

An eviction is underway at a protection camp at the site earmarked for Europa’s oil exploration well at Bury Hill Wood, near Leith Hill in Surrey. The Camp was established on 28 October 2016 and an eviction order was issued by the High Court on 23  January

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Study of oil and gas drilling finds pollution and connections to earthquakes

Oil and gas drilling in Texas shale pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, a consortium of the state’s top scientists concluded.  

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Dirty money: Scots councils under fire for fracking funds

TEN Scottish local authorities pension funds have invested more than £400 million in 23 fracking companies. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Falkirk and other councils put their pension money in multinational shale gas firms blamed for causing climate pollution.  

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The call to ‘Fraxit’ and six stress tests the fracking industry fails

The US Environmental Protection Agency released a definitive study this week concluding that hydraulic fracturing can impact drinking water at each stage in the shale gas production process. Do we really want to see 16,000 or more shale gas wells drilled in the British countryside carrying the same and other risks,

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Fracking could be off the agenda after surprise election result

Conservative manifesto polity to back fracking could be under threat after party’s failure to win a majority.    

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Cuadrilla cuts costs to stem losses as shale project faces further opposition

The company’s latest financial result shows it managed to narrow losses to $11.54m last year from $17.7m in 2015 by cutting $5.5m from its operating and administrative expenses, which include staffing and overheads and the costs of the planning process, to $11.7m last year.  

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