The business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has confirmed that Cuadrilla will not be allowed to resume fracking at its Preston New Road site near Blackpool until last month’s record-breaking tremor has been investigated. Mr Kwarteng made the statement in a letter to the local Conservative MP, Mark Menzies. The Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) suspended fracking on the PNR2 well within hours of a 2.9ML tremor on August bank holiday (26 August 2019). This was the UK’s largest seismic event induced by fracking. The tremor was felt across the Fylde district and registered as a level 6 on the 1-12 intensity scale. Residents reported damage to buildings.
Drill or Drop 18th Sept 2019 read more »
The University of Leeds has withdrawn its £3.6m investments in fossil fuel firms including Shell and BP. Vice-chancellor Sir Alan Langlands said climate change was “the most demanding global challenge we all face”. The university said it now had “seven principles” to tackle the issue and wanted to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. Leeds University Union said the principles were “a step in the right direction”.
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Oil and gas executives are holding an exclusive invitation-only forum with environmentalists and government representatives on the sidelines of the UN climate summit, in what critics have condemned as an attempt to influence negotiations in favour of fossil fuel companies. Senior executives from leading oil companies including BP, Shell and Chevron will be at the event in New York on 22 September, which they describe as a “closed high-level discussion” with key stakeholders.
Guardian 18th Sept 2019 read more »