LaSalle County, Illinois Frac Sand Mining

June 2016 tour of frac sand mining operations in LaSalle County, Illinois. Aerial support provided by LightHawk:

Muriel Lord writes:

I knew about Wisconsin and Michigan, but hadn't realised Illinois was 
being dug up A similar fate in prospect for Cheshire, source of the best quality silica sand in the UK, if fracking in gets going in the 
northwest or indeed in areas further away. Unless they import sand or 
manufacture ceramic pellets (still have to dig up clays presumably).

Sibelco is the company to watch. 2 applications already in the pipeline 
in Cheshire.

In Dec 2014, I queried the potential destruction of Cheshire's farmland 
by silica sand quarrying, in Q and A after a lecture by Prof Ernest 
Rutter on fracking His response --

"they will probably be glad of the jobs".

Clive Mitchell, BGS, writes articles about silica sand. eg - this good 
survey of the UK resources.
However the last line in that 2013 presentation is rubbish. I spoke to 
him at the BGS "drop in" event at Treales recently. He hadn't a clue 
about the amounts used for the small test fracks in the one vertical 
well at Preese Hall.

Backing for fracking up slightly but strong support at record low -Government survey

Support for fracking has risen slightly, according to the latest survey in ongoing government research. But the proportion who “strongly support” fracking has dropped to its lowest level.

Opposition to fracking has remained steady at 31%, still the highest level since the survey began.

As in previous surveys, the largest proportion of participants said they neither supported nor opposed shale gas. This remained unchanged at 46%.

The quarterly survey of public attitudes on energy and climate change, known as the Wave Tracker, first asked questions about shale gas and fracking in December 2013. The latest survey, Wave 18, interviewed more than 2,000 households in late June and early July 2016. The findings were published last week (28 July 2016)



Backing for fracking up slightly but strong support at record low -Government survey

Photos: 3,000+ attend York anti-fracking rally

Anti-fracking campaigners gathered in York today for a Don’t Frack Yorkshire march and rally. Organisers estimated more than 3,000 people from across the UK took part. York 160730 12 Adela Pickles

Graham Martin, who helped organise the event, said:
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the turnout today, which exceeded all our expectations. This shows that more and more people across Yorkshire are waking up to the threat of fracking to the countryside, rural jobs, tourism, the environment and climate change.”
Russell Scott, of Frack Free North Yorkshire, said:York 160730 2 FFY
“People are now realising that with the whole of Yorkshire covered in fracking licences, fracking is now on everyone’s doorstep.”
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Chair writes to David Davis and Therese Coffey

Environmental Audit Committee calls for Government to maintain existing level of environmental protection

The Environmental Audit Committee has written to the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis MP, and DEFRA Minister Therese Coffey MP, seeking reassurance about Government plans for the large proportion of UK environmental law that originates from the EU.

The Committee is calling on the Government to maintain the existing level of environmental protection currently guaranteed by EU law. The letter also invites them both to give evidence before the Committee in the autumn.

The letter comes after the Committee launched an inquiry into the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum.

Caroline Lucas asks THE question

Photo of Caroline LucasCaroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to publish the full recommendations and report of the Planning Inspector before taking a decision on Lancashire County Council‘s rejection of the Cuadrilla fracking applications at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road.

Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom’s suitability for environment role

Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom’s suitability for environment role

Andrea Leadsom, the new environment secretary. ‘She has no instincts for [the environment] and no knowledge of it.’

Andrea Leadsom’s appointment as environment secretary has raised significant concerns among senior environmental and agricultural figures over her suitability for the role.

Leadsom’s lack of top-level political experience, absence of track record in farming or environmental areas and ideological approach to policy are all cited as fears. However, her junior ministers are viewed more favourably in terms of tackling the enormous challenges faced by her department.

UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

Ban Ki-moon’s climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.

Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and UN special envoy on climate change and El Niño, said she had to speak out after Germany promised compensation for coal power and the UK provided tax breaks for oil and gas Robinson

Lancaster MP presses Minister for fracking meeting

Lancaster MP presses Minister for fracking meeting

Lancaster’s MP has written to the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, asking for an urgent meeting to discuss fracking in Lancashire.

Shall gas drilling rig / fracking / generic / Fotolia

Cat Smith had written to Sajid Javid’s predecessor, Greg Clark, earlier this month but says the response she received failed to make it clear whether the Minister would be willing to meet with her or not.

Mr Clark has since been replaced by Mr Javid in Theresa May’s reshuffle.

Ms Smith said: “I was disappointed that Greg Clark did not appear willing to meet with me to discuss this issue of vital importance to my constituents.

“The local community have made it very clear they do not want fracking in Lancashire and Lancashire County Council took the sensible, democratic decision not to allow Cuadrilla to frack at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood.

“This should be respected by a Government that claims to champion localism.

“The reshuffle gives the Government a fresh chance to start listening to the people of Lancashire.

“I very much hope they take it.”