Welcome to Drill Or Drop?, the new-look successor to Investigating Balcombe And Cuadrilla.

This site publishes independent, evidence-based journalism about the onshore oil and gas business in the UK and the campaign against it.

The name
is named after the “drill or drop” clause in petroleum exploration and development licences, which requires an operator to drill a well within a certain length of time or give up the licence area.

We’ll be asking whether the UK should drill – “go all out for shale” (and other sources of hydrocarbons) as David Cameron believes. Or should we drop the idea because it carries too great a risk to climate change, environmental damage and an industrialised countryside, as many campaigners believe.

The content
will chronicle the events of the onshore oil and gas industry across the UK. We’ll follow the regulators, political decision-makers, legal developments and the opposition campaign. We’ll be looking behind the headlines to investigate what is driving the industry and the campaign against it.

DrillOrDrop.com will take a particular interest in any plans to develop oil fields in southern England and the reactions of communities to these plans. But we’ll be also making links with investigators in north-west England to bring good quality journalism from that region too.

P1020902The authors
The main author is Ruth Hayhurst, an independent investigative journalist with 30 years’ experience, specialising in environment, energy and local government. Ruth takes no money or support from industry, local authorities, regulators or environmental campaign organisations. Profile here

Other journalists, researchers and writers also contribute to this site.

Pictures in the site header are by Ruth Hayhurst and David Burr:  d.burr69@btinternet.com

The site
Regular posts appear on the Blog tab on the menu bar. To find links to posts on subjects that interest you, use the menu tabs for Industry, Legal, Opposition, Politics, Regulation, and Southern England.

Daily Headlines has an at-a-glance digest of the month’s news. You can also find links here to the news digest for previous months.

Finding the site
You can still use www.InvestigatingBalcombeAndCuadrilla.com to reach the new site or the new address www.DrillOrDrop.com

We’ll continue to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Groups to tell you know when there’s a new post.

We hope you like the new site and please let us know what you think. You can get in touch by using the contact page, comment on the posts or tweet @ruthhayhurst

I look forward to hearing from you.



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