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More than 6,000 fracking wells needed in UK to halve gas imports

The UK would have to build 6,100 wells to replace just 50 per cent of gas imports between 2021 and 2035, a new study has found, casting doubt on Conservative calls a US-style fracking “revolution” in the UK at the last general election.  

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Scots fracking study ‘world beater’ while UK’s is out of date

SCOTLAND has a world-leading “comprehensive” approach to assessing the hazards and health risks of fracking and has set a precedent for other countries, according to a team of experts.  

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Inquiry into second Lancashire fracking site re-opens tomorrow

Cuadrilla’s plans for another fracking site near Blackpool come under scrutiny again this week. A public inquiry on the Roseacre Wood proposals reopens tomorrow (Tuesday 10 April) to examine whether heavy goods vehicles could safely deliver to the site. Lancashire County Council rejected the Roseacre Wood proposal

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First well completed at controversial fracking site

Work on creating the first well at a controversial Lancashire fracking site has been completed.  Energy firm Cuadrilla said drilling of the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well had been successfully completed at its site on Preston New Road in Fylde.  The company will now begin drilling a

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A Fracking Firm’s Return to Balcombe Could Be One of the Industry’s Last Mistakes

Fracking is a dying industry in the UK. Five years after it was hailed as a new gold rush for UK energy, it still hasn’t got off the ground thanks to the strength of the resistance and the plummeting cost of clean energy. By returning to Balcombe, Cuadrilla

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Exclusive: Secret Government report questions future of fracking

The Government has refused to publish a confidential Cabinet Office report about fracking on the grounds that doing so “could call into question the industry’s viability”  

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Fracking Report Finds Unacceptable Risks

“What it shows is that fracking is not safe and cannot be made safe through any regulatory framework, and the risks that we had concerns about in the early days, now we have evidence for actual harm.”  

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Broad Coalition Backs National Trust in Fracking Fight With Ineos

Citing concerns over climate change, protecting sensitive ecological sites, and preserving local control of lands, a diverse coalition of groups and academics from the United Kingdom and the United States released a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May supporting the National Trust’s efforts to prevent the petrochemical company

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Government trying to skew planning to support fracking-Greenpeace.

The Government has been accused of trying to “skew” planning policy in favour of fracking, after proposed changes to the system were unveiled. Proposed amendments to planning rules say authorities should recognise the benefits of onshore oil and gas for securing energy supplies and “supporting the transition to

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A Nearly Invisible Oil Spill Threatens Some of Asia’s Richest Fisheries

This disaster seems to have passed by without coverage in most media here. Yet it shows, yet again, just how dangerous is our oil addiction  

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