Fracking due to start at Preston New Road in next week, says Cuadrilla.
Drill or Drop 5th Oct 2018 read more »
In response to Cuadrilla announcing their intention to begin fracking at Preston New Road next week, the week the IPCC’s new climate change report will be published, Kate Blagojevic, Head of Energy at Greenpeace UK, said – “Seven years after the last UK well was fracked, the industry has produced no energy and no money. But to try to keep it going, the government has changed property law to give frackers access to the land under your home and overruled local councils and people to force fracking on communities. Millions have been spent on policing to shield the frackers from resistance in those communities, and protestors have been sent to prison for trying to protect those communities and the planet. Next week climate scientists will publish their report on the changes we need to make to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees – a key recommendation will be to keep oil, gas and coal in the ground. The government should take heed, stop forcing fracking on a reluctant nation and start backing renewables now.”
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A High Court judge has ruled that fracking should not take place at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool until a hearing next week. Mrs Justice Farbey signed an interim injunction order for the Preston New Road site to last until the case comes to court, likely to be in London on Wednesday 10 October.
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Hours after announcing fracking operations were to begin in Lancashire next week, drilling company Cuadrilla now faces further delays after a successful injunction was brought against the firm. The injunction request was made to the courts by Lancashire resident Bob Dennett, and is the latest victory for campaigners who have repeatedly thwarted efforts to extract shale gas in England. It means Cuadrilla must await the findings of a judicial review, also by Mr Dennett, which asserts Lancashire County Council’s emergency response planning is inadequate.
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Cuadrilla has vowed to revive its shale gas ambitions within days despite an eleventh hour bid to scupper the plans as Government lends fresh support to frackers. The fracking firm dismissed the last-ditch appeal to block drilling at its Lancashire shale site as “hopelessly weak” and vowed to press ahead within days. The temporary injunction, brought against Cuadrilla by a Lancashire anti-fracking campaigner, will be in place until a court hearing on Wednesday where the firm will “vigorously defend any call for an injunction”.
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Former Labour MP Natascha Engel has been named at the UK’s first commissioner for fracking. In the role, she will act as a conduit between local communities, the shale gas industry and regulators, although her powers will be strictly limited. She said she would work to ensure people had “impartial information” about shale gas exploration and address environmental concerns. The Greens, meanwhile, have restated their aim to ban fracking completely. Addressing the party’s autumn conference in Bristol, Green co-leaders Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley called for continued direct action to stop the “ecocide” of fossil fuel exploration.
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German court orders suspension of Hambach Forest clearance. Work on clearing a piece of ancient woodland, occupied by protesters, for more lignite mining must be temporarily halted, the court ordered. It was ruling on a lawsuit brought by a prominent German environmental group.
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Shares in RWE closed down more than 8 per cent on Friday, after a surprise court ruling that effectively blocks the expansion of a critical lignite mine operated by the German utility. RWE said in a statement that the ruling had “far-reaching ramifications” for its business, and could cost the group a “low three-digit million euro amount”. The ruling prohibits RWE from clearing a small woodland known as Hambach forest, which has been the focal point of environmental protests for years. The forest sits next to one of RWE’s lignite – or brown coal – mines, and was supposed to make way for the latest expansion of the vast open-pit site.
FT 5th Oct 2018 read more »
CITY councillors supported a call to withdraw investments in fossil fuel and fracking companies from a multi-billion pension fund. The Oxfordshire Pension Fund is run by Oxfordshire County Council but is used by more than 200 employers. Richard Howlett, a Labour councillor, took through a motion originally proposed by his party colleague John Tanner on Monday. Mr Howlett said fracking in particular was an ‘appalling idea viewed at many angles’.
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