Wait for research before allowing fracking, scientist says - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News
Fracking shakes up gas economics
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Friction over 'fracking' grows in South
Center for a Stateless Society » Stop Construction! Tear Down Walls!
Meanwhile, this video has been very popular on YouTube:
Fracking: The Music Video - ProPublica
Fracking - ProPublica
The Fracking Song (My Water's On Fire Tonight) - YouTube
The European Union is considering measures similar to those passed in California:
EU Shale Gas: Mandatory Environmental Impact Assessments Favoured
Shale gas: member states need robust rules on fracking
Natural Gas Europe - Environment - News
South West Green Party | Key vote on fracking in European Parliament
The South-West's MEP is more positive about shale gas:
In my opinion: Shale gas offers opportunity to cut bills and boost jobs
In his State of the Union address to the nation, President Obama reassured the American people that they would have an energy-secure future. He informed them it was intended to go "hell for leather" in the exploitation of national shale gas resources which would guarantee US energy security for decades to come and help create 600,000 new jobs. Already production of shale gas has enabled the USA to cut all imports of liquefied natural gas, particularly from the Middle East. It is estimated that shale gas will meet half of USA gas demands within 15 to 20 years.
Shale gas is to be found in underground reservoirs extending for thousands of square kilometres throughout the world. There are estimated to be worldwide reserves of shale gas, equivalent to 3 trillion barrels of oil. According to the International Energy Agency, based on current demand, there are only 60 years of worldwide reserves of natural gas. However, the availability of shale gas will extend gas reserves to more than 250 years.
The potential of shale gas has been known for some time but it is only in recent years that technological improvements used in its extraction have made it economically viable.
It emits 30% less carbon than oil and 60% less than coal when used for power generation and is a much cheaper alternative to wind and solar power which currently require considerable consumer subsidies.
In Britain, test drilling has identified a huge reserve of recoverable shale gas in North West England. Preliminary results have been rewarding but the hydraulic fracturing – "fracking" – process used to unlock the gas from shale rock has alarmed environmental groups who warn that it will cause earthquakes, despite research to the contrary carried out at Durham University Energy Institute. Quadrilla Resources Ltd has been granted a license to carry out exploration throughout the 1,200 sq km of the Bowland Basin in Lancashire which, they assess, holds at least 200 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas reserves. They intend to seek Lancashire County Council approval to "frack" for gas at a site at Lytham St Anne's, near Blackpool.
The success of shale gas extraction in the USA over the past two years has almost halved the price of gas, thus encouraging investment in new businesses and manufacturing which has contributed to a considerable reduction in unemployment. Britain, which is dependent upon costly gas imports and is concerned about the security of its energy supply, has need for a similar shale gas boom to stimulate the economy and get the country back to work. Undoubtedly green energy campaigners, who over recent decades have pressured our government into taking the expensive road to a low carbon green economy, will not be happy but those of us who wince every time the fuel bill falls through the letter box will rejoice.
Jackie Brodie | “Fracking” – Coming to Devon?
In East Devon, there are recent developments:
> The District Council's house magazine from July notes the loss of local powers:
Local councils lose powers to oppose fracking:
Local communities are set to lose control over key environmental decisions affecting whether the controversial gas extraction technique of fracking can go ahead in their area.
Under new planning guidelines, councils will no longer be able to investigate issues such as seismic activity, flaring and venting as well as the potential impact on ground water suppliers before granting planning permission for new fracking wells. Instead the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive will take responsibility for regulation.
> The East Devon AONB Consultation Draft Management Strategy is out to consultation until 10th October, and mentions 'new technologies':
Trends and Forces for change:
New technologies and techniques for extracting energy may well place demands on the landscape and geology of the AONB in the future. eg: fracking.
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A campaign has started in East Devon to collect signatures:
We call on the local council to reject all fracking applications.
Why is this important?
Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, ‘fracking’, is a way of extracting oil and/or gas. Water, sand and toxic chemicals are injected at high pressure into underground rocks to shatter them. This releases the gas/oil which can be collected. But investing in carbon-intensive fossil fuels is a distraction from the need to decarbonise our electricity supply. And it's hazardous. Studies show that fracking pollutes water supplies (with arsenic and lead), causes earthquakes, and spoils local communities. And there are nightmare stories coming form the States. Like in the town of Dimock, PA, residents have reported their water turning so brown that it stains crockery. Their water was later found to contain methane, and a host of toxic chemicals. We call on the council to preserve the quality of life of its residents, and reject all planning applications for fracking.Stop Fracking in East Devon | Campaigns by You
See also: Futures Forum: Fracking: pros and cons
Futures Forum: Fracking in East Devon?