CONTROVERSIAL plans to frack in North Yorkshire could have a devastating impact on the local economy, a former MP has warned. Baroness McIntosh claimed granting permission to use the controversial gas mining method could turn Ryedale into “an industrial site on a massive scale”. She was among more than 70 speakers opposing Third Energy’s plan to frack close to the village of Kirby Misperton, as councillors began considering whether to give the go-ahead yesterday.
Yorkshire Post 21st May 2016 read more »
THE new Cabinet Secretary tasked with deciding whether or not to allow fracking is facing a conflict of interest on the issue, as his own constituency is a potential hot-spot for the controversial gas technology. Half of Keith Brown’s Clackmannanshire and Dunblane seat lies inside a potential fracking zone licensed by Ineos, the owners of Grangemouth and Scotland’s main player in fracking. Ineos recently held a public meeting in Alloa, in Clackmannanshire, to promote fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves drilling into underground shale beds then pumping in water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to release trapped methane gas. Ineos currently imports shale gas from the US for use as feedstock in its chemical works, but wants to source it locally from the shale beds under the central belt.
Sunday Herald 22nd May 2016 read more »
At midnight on 10 May 2016, the UK hit an energy milestone. For the first time in over 100 years, the amount of coal being used by the national grid to power Britain’s kettles, computer and televisions fell to zero. And then it stayed at zero for four hours. Two days later, this time for five hours, coal usage fell to zero again. Nuclear, wind, hydro and solar energy powered the national grid in coal’s place. By 13 May, the needle had hit zero four times, for a total of around 25 hours. This historic turning point came on the eve of a Government consultation on phasing out coal energy completely by 2025. “As part of our plans for a cleaner energy future, we are one of the first countries to announce our intention to consult on ending unabated coal by 2025,” a spokesperson for the Department for Energy and Climate Change told The Independent. “We will issue this consultation shortly.” Though it was celebrated by green campaigners, zero coal happened entirely by chance. Some coal plants happened to be out for maintenance, so the national grid replaced coal with other sorts of energy. “We are generation neutral and cannot be seen to favour one type of generation over another,” a National Grid spokesperson said, “therefore this wasn’t planned by us and is merely a coincidence.”
Independent 21st May 2016 read more »