Public support for fracking in the UK at record low, official survey reveals

A survey by the Business and Energy Department showed just 16% supported the controversial process of shale gas extraction, down from 21% last year and the lowest since the study was launched five years ago. Just 13% of the 2,000 people questioned said they knew a lot about fracking, with just under half knowing “a little.”  Groups opposed to fracking said the findings showed that the industry was pulling energy policy in the wrong direction.

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Double challenge to ministerial approval of Cuadrilla’s fracking site goes to Appeal Court

Opponents of fracking at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool take their legal challenge to the Court of Appeal in London on Wednesday.                                       A two-day hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice will hear arguments from Preston New Road Action Group and the anti-fracking campaigner, Gayzer Frackman, along with Cuadrilla and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

By Ruth Hayhurst

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What’s happening this week? 28 August-3 September 2017

In this week’s listings:

  • Two-day hearing at the Court of Appeal in London on permission for fracking at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool;
  • Deadline for comments on IGas application for testing at Ellesmere Port gas site;
  • Third Energy information event about fracking at Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire;
  • Frack Free Community Gathering in response to Third Energy event;
  • Plus demonstrations, meetings and talks

Please let us know (click hereif any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Listings for the rest of September coming soon.

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What’s happening this week? 21-27 August 2017

By Ruth Hayhurst

In this week’s listings:

  • Closing date for comments on applications for environmental permits at three sites;
  • Rallies at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site near Blackpool;
  • INEOS Upstream at the Bright Blue Energy and Climate Change Forum
  • Gathering on the Green, Lytham, Lancashire;
  • The commonweal reaches Leith Hill;
  • Plus meetings and presentations;

Please let us know (click hereif any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Listings for the rest of August and beyond here.

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UK shale gas overhyped because geology is unsuitable for fracking – Scottish research

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 17, 2017


Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site where drilling is expected to begin this week. As Cuadrilla prepares to drill the UK’s first horizontal shale gas wells, research from a Scottish university suggests the country’s geology won’t support fracking.

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Council bans pedestrians from fracking site verges until 2019 after spending £59k on security guards

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 11, 2017  
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Pedestrians have been barred from using the grass verges beside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool for more than a year and a half.
Lancashire County Council said this afternoon it had issued two temporary regulation orders for the short sections of verge either side of the site entrance at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. Continue reading “Council bans pedestrians from fracking site verges until 2019 after spending £59k on security guards”

Cuadrilla announces doubling of spending in Lancashire

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 11, 2017    https://drillordrop.com/2017/08/11/cuadrilla-announces-doubling-of-spending-in-lancashire/#more-49716

The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, said today it had doubled the amount of money it had spent in Lancashire in the second quarter of the year.
The company today released the latest figures of what it called its “Lancashire Commitments Tracker, for the period up to 30 June 2017. Continue reading “Cuadrilla announces doubling of spending in Lancashire”