Happy Christmas from DrillOrDrop


Thank you for supporting independent journalism during 2017. DrillOrDrop wishes a very happy Christmas to all our readers and contributors.

Thank you also to everyone who commented on DrillOrDrop posts: we do read all the comments.

Over the 12 days of Christmas, starting tomorrow, we’ll be posting pictures from each month of 2017. Thank you to everyone who suggested pictures and allowed us to use their images in these posts and throughout the year.

In 2018, we’ll continue to report on fracking, the onshore oil and gas industry and campaign activity in the UK.

Please keep in touch and let us know about news and events that you think we should be covering.

We always enjoy hearing when you like what we do. But we also want to know when you think we get things wrong. You can always comment on DrillOrDrop posts or contact the writers directly.

9 replies »

  1. And the same to you too Ruth, I really appreciate all you are doing to publicise the issues around fracking.
    Another Frack Free year ! Hurray
    Kind regards
    ( Frack Free Ryedale )

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Merry Xmas and best wishes for the New Year to Ruth and all the Drill or Drop team. Thank you for all for your fantastic coverage. Your site is the most informative I have come across. I honestly do not know how you keep up with everything. You certainly keeps me up to date. I just wish I could help out more financially but I have sent you a small Xmas donation! Seasons greetings to you all.

  3. Ruth, Thankyou for the amazing reporting that you do. You seem to gather news quickly from everywhere and every angle. Drill or drop is a fantastic mine of information that is shared widely. I hope you have a restful Christmas. Best wishes Val

    • Its a great pleasure to thank you Ruth for the amazing hard work and effort you put into the outstanding Drill Or Drop.
      Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄 Ruth and Paul, have a peaceful New Year.
      And a Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄 to us all.🌈☀

  4. A massive thanks to Ruth and Paul for all of the hard work that you put in throughout the year. You provide an invaluable service and you are a beacon for journalism. Your attention to detail and subject knowledge is the bench-mark for others to aspire to. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

  5. Thanks to Ruth and all at Drill or Drop for your informative reporting and giving a voice to anti fracking groups. From Frack Free Wakefield

  6. Merry Xmas. But the idea that this site is even remotely independent is a complete farce. Your donations come from anti-frackers and your stories reflect this bias. You are no more independent than Energy In Depth, or any other advocacy-based website. Regardless, you are dedicated to your work and you do a good job keeping up with the industry’s detractors, and occasionally with the industry itself.

  7. Merry Christmas…..excuse my schoolboy humour but just to reassure those who have overdone the turkey today….

    You may have been concerned about the effect on global warming but…(from the helpful Yahoo answers)…

    The average human farts 30 times a day (whether we admit it or not) and the average fart is 25cc, so that’s 750cc of fart per person per day.

    Most fart gas is actually nitrogen, depending on the diet then only about 10% is methane, it’s this component which is the greenhouse gas.

    10% of 750cc means that each person produces about 75cc of methane per day and with a density of 0.717kg/m³ this equates to about 0.0538g of daily methane.

    As greenhouse gases go methane is 23 times as effective as carbon dioxide, so that 0.0538g of CH4 has the same potential to cause warming as 1.237g of CO2.

    Over the course of a whole year a person would produce some 20g of methane / 450g of CO2 equivalence, this would have the same effect on warming the atmosphere as driving an average car for two miles.

    With everyone on the planet busy farting 30 times a day we collectively produce the equivalent of 3.076 billion kg of CO2 per year. It might sound a lot but it’s about one fourteen thousandth of the total human emissions of greenhouse gases (measured as CO2 equivalence)

    If you want to convert that into the actual effect on global temperatures then human farts have warmed the atmosphere by about 0.0000571°C. Then you need to factor in that methane has a relatively short atmospheric residence period (12 years) so the long-term effect is smaller, in the order of 0.00002°C.

    A cow on the other hand is completely different, they’re basically methane factories on legs.

    Peace and best wishes to all.

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