With rumour and counter rumour surrounding INEOS here in Scotland, its perhaps time to explore the background to this company and its enigmatic CEO Jim Ratcliffe.
INEOS the company
INEOS is a young company. It has grown to become a leading chemical company with sales today of around $40 billion. Most of our employees have spent all their working lives in the chemical or oil industry. We continue unashamedly to extract best practices from this very impressive group of people in all spheres of activity. We believe INEOS is a refreshing place to work and we are prepared to embrace new approaches to business (emphasis added).
That’s the blurb that greets you when you visit the INEOS website. Curiously asection of their website sports a picture of a windfarm…
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June 2016 tour of frac sand mining operations in LaSalle County, Illinois. Aerial support provided by LightHawk: https://www.lighthawk.org.
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 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.
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
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.
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:
“People are now realising that with the whole of Yorkshire covered in fracking licences, fracking is now on everyone’s doorstep.”
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.
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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