The Next Shale Boom Will Be Built on Sand

The message from drillers is “more, more, more sand,” said Sean Meakim, an oil-services analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. “All of the numbers are going up and they’re going up dramatically.”                       On a per-well basis, sand use has doubled since 2011, climbing to nearly 8 million pounds, according to consulting firm IHS Inc.

 

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LaSalle County, Illinois Frac Sand Mining

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

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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.
http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/501752/1/UK_silica_sand_resources_for_fracking_submitted_26-04-13.pdf
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.

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.”
York 160730 6 FF BarnsleyYork 160730 9 Sally Brooks

The NWETF gets a reboot

Lancashire for Shale, a new pro-shale group funded by local businesses and industry, held its launch reception yesterday evening (25th July 2016) for Lancashire firms at the White Tower restaurant in Blackpool to call on local and national decision-makers to get behind onshore natural gas development in the county.

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What’s that you say? A “new” group? Another one? Whatever happened to the now discredited North West Energy Task Force?

 

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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.

Chichester talks Fracking

Two sides in the fracking debate went head to head at an event in Chichester to discuss the pros and cons of shale gas.

On the pro side was Professor Ernest Rutter, of Manchester University, and Dr Nick Riley, formerly of the British Geological Survey. Opposing fracking were Emeritus Professor at Glasgow University, David Smythe, and writer and campaigner, Julie Wassmer.

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