Environmental campaigners have warned a move to open up new areas of the North Sea for exploration by oil and gas firms is “dangerous”. While the UK Government has recently committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) – which became a Government company in 2016 – announced the latest round of licensing applications. A total of 768 blocks or part blocks are being made available for exploration in different areas of the UK Continental Shelf. While the OGA argues oil and gas will “remain an important part of our energy mix for the foreseeable future”, WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said the move undermines efforts to tackle the climate emergency and is “totally irresponsible”. The science is clear. To reduce the risk of dangerous global climate change, the vast majority of known fossil fuel reserves need to be left in the ground unburned.
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The first company to drill for shale gas in the UK plans to restart fracking at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire in a last-ditch effort to convince policymakers to relax safety rules. Cuadrilla will drill a second well near Blackpool after it was forced to abandon the first, which caused multiple earth tremors. It plans to remobilise its drilling and fracking equipment within the coming months to test gas flows from the site before its permission expires in November.
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Fossil fuels offer an increasingly poor return on energy investment, while returns secured from renewable energy sources could well be set to increase in future, a new study led by researchers at the University of Leeds has concluded. Fossil fuels are often seen as delivering high energy returns on energy investment, a measure of the ratio for how much energy a fuel such as coal or oil produces compared to how much energy it takes to extract.
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