ANTI-OIL campaigners hailed an early victory against an attempt to stifle the right to protest at the High Court today. UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) sought a sweeping injunction against “persons unknown” to prevent lawful demonstrations at its oil-drilling sites at Broadford Bridge and Markwells Wood in West Sussex and Horse Hill in Surrey. The exploratory drilling involves “acidising,” which dissolves pathways through rock such as limestone to get at oil reserves. Opponents say it could pollute the water supply and that UKOG have massively overstated possible oil reserves.
Morning Star 20th March 2018 read more »
Britain’s shale gas revolution has so far proved a damp squib. The last time fracking took place was 2011, when Cuadrilla caused a couple of minor earthquakes, while seven of the eight planning applications lodged by gas explorers this year have been rejected. Excerpts of a 2016 Cabinet Office report obtained by Greenpeace showed that the government had drastically reduced its estimates of how many wells were likely to be drilled. Yet according to the Yorkshire Post, the government is still refusing to release the full report on the grounds that its contents “could call into question the industry’s viability”.
Times 20th March 2018 read more »