A leading proponent of UK shale gas who advised parliaments on fracking is facing allegations of defrauding investors of $80m over the past five years.
Chris Faulkner, the head of a US fracking company who adopted the title Frackmaster, is also accused of spending at least $30m of investors’ money on lavish meals, travel, cars and entertainment.
Prominent anti-fracking campaigner, Tina Rothery, refused this morning to pay legal fees amounting to more than £55,000 in a dispute with the shale gas company, Cuadrilla.
With respect to the District Judge and the courts I have huge admiration for a system of justice that is fair but I feel in this case that our law courts are not being used to seek justice but instead being applied like a weapon and a threat against peaceful protest.
The fact that Cuadrilla has the finances, power and vindictiveness to pursue this throughour courts is an abuse of one of the most valued aspects of our democracy.
So please accept my aplogies if this seems rude but as this case has nothing to do whatsoever with justice, I will not be complying with any requests for information or payment.
I make this statement on behalf of myself and an entire movement who will not be bullied.
Pressure is growing on the UK government to release a report into the impacts of shale gas fracking, which campaigners have accused ministers of suppressing.
The Committee on Climate Change, which advises parliament on meeting the UK’s carbon targets, submitted the report in March. It covers the expected impact of exploiting the UK’s onshore oil and gas resources on nationally set greenhouse gas targets.
It can only be published when the secretary of state for energy has responded.
The committee that meets on Tuesday wil include three stand-ins and two new members. Less than half the councillors expected to attend were part of the committee that last considered the fracking applications six months ago.
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Suspicions and frustration are growing as the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) continues to delay the release of any information regarding the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) independent report on fracking and climate change.
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