Boris Johnson on fracking and what campaign groups say he needs to do now

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Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road preparing to resume fracking, 21 July 2019. Photo: Debs Jackson

Environmental campaigners have called on the new Conservative leader, Boris Johnson, to ban fracking.

Mr Johnson, who becomes prime minister tomorrow, supported fracking in newspaper articles (See Boris Johnson on fracking below).

During the leadership election campaign, he promised action on climate change and supported the net zero carbon emissions target set by Theresa May.

In his victory speech this morning, there was no reference to energy, the environment or climate change. Mr Johnson referred only to energising the country through better education and infrastructure, more police and “fantastic full-fibre broadband sprouting in every household”.

To-do list

Craig Bennett, chief executive of Friends of the Earth, said Mr Johnson must “act swiftly to reduce emissions and put the climate emergency at the centre of his premiership”.

“He said he’d ‘lie down in front of the bulldozers’ to prevent a third runway at Heathrow. Now he has the power to cancel this polluting project along with other climate disasters like fracking. And he must.”

Friends of the Earth called for a series of climate commitments by the end of 2020. On energy, it said the government should:

“Start aiming for 100% clean energy from the wind, sun and sea.  Electricity can’t come from dirty fuels anymore and fracking should be banned.”

On transport, it said there should be a commitment to:

“Invest in brilliant and cheap public transport, cycling and walking everywhere. New petrol and diesel cars shouldn’t even be for sale within the decade.”

Areeba Hamid, climate campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said:

“The fracking farce has dragged on long enough.

“The government realised a long time ago that a highly dubious economic opportunity for a few fossil fuel companies is not worth the aggravation of foisting an unwanted polluting industry onto an unwilling British public during a climate emergency.

“But they’re too timid to announce an end to it and are hoping it will just wither away. This is deeply unfair on the local people who have to put up with their smelly, noisy, unwelcome guest taking their time leaving. Boris should call them a cab.”

Boris Johnson on fracking

“Glorious News”

“It [fracking] is glorious news for humanity. It doesn’t need the subsidy of wind power. I don’t know whether it will work in Britain, but we should get fracking right away.”
9 December 2012, The Telegraph

“Stop pussy-footing around”

“we must stop pussy-footing around, and get fracking. Even if we have hundreds of fracking pads, they are nothing like as ugly as windmills, and they can be dismantled as soon as the gas is extracted.”
15 September 2013, The Sun 

“Give British people their mineral rights”

“Give the British people their mineral rights, and get fracking at last.

“No landowner, large or small, has any automatic commercial interest in the discovery of shale gas beneath their property. No wonder the shires are in revolt against fracking.

“It is no surprise that everyone is a Nimby – or in this case, Numby – when they are told that what is under their back yard is not theirs, but belongs to the Queen!”
30 June 2014,  The Telegraph

“Leave no stone unturned”

“If reserves of shale can be exploited in London we should leave no stone unturned, or unfracked, in the cause of keeping the lights on”.
2 July 2014, The Times quoted in The Guardian


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  1. This article is linked to the previous article. What will Boris tell BEIS to do? Perhaps he will take the advice of Cat Smith (Labour), who represents Lancaster and Fleetwood near Cuadrilla’s fracking site……Perhaps he will listen to Enemies of Industry and Gren Peas? Exciting times…..

  2. Perhaps he will look at the reduction in the support against fracking and decide to embarrass the SNP by showing what an opportunity they have missed and thereby add a few more seats for the Unionist Party.

    (Where is GCs resignation letter? Did he get the last straw in the draw?)

        • Halliburton’s profits plunged to $75 million in the second quarter, down from $511 million during the same period in 2018. Its revenues slipped to $5.9 billion from $6.1 billion from a year earlier.

          Halliburton and other companies in the oilfield service sector are still feeling the effects of a fourth quarter crude oil price crash that continues to cut demand for hydraulic fracturing services.

          Looking forward,

          However, at this point, most analysts are predicting that not only was the oil market in a state of supply/demand surplus in the first half of 2019, but that the surplus coming in 2020 could be even worse, absent deeper cuts from OPEC+. If Goldman Sachs is right, demand might be just a tad stronger than most other analysts believe. But that won’t be enough to stop a price slide if supply growth continues to outpace demand.

          I don’t think stock piling redundant kit is a positive for any company. It appears to have cost them plenty. More stock piling on it’s way. It seems US shale is just not viable.

          As it doesn’t work in the US how could it work in the UK when we have to have all those expensive ‘gold standards’ and we have our own cheap North sea gas and cheap imports from Norway and we have the most modern LNG ports in Europe (under expansion) to accept from a diverse range of sources and therefore keeping prices down and a continuity of supply.

          If you are listening Boris…..UK shale is not viable and everyone knows it.

          • john: you seem to be confused to say Schlumberger and Halliburton were both among the 20 worst?, worsted what?
            Are you going to now tell us that 4 out of the 10 biggest banks in the world went bust in the financial crisis? I bet you could google almost anything and feel proud you have digits at the end of your hands in which to gather pointless and irrelevant information to fracking! Halliburton is not going to go bust and neither is Schlumberger! If you have shares and these are in a global portfolio stocks and shares, i guarantee they will be contributing to your abet small, but never the less comparative dividend, your welcome!

          • It seems you and pick and choose which article you want to qote from via your link John. But not to worry, Halliburton (I don’t have stock) and Schlumberger (I do have some in my ISA account) are not going to fail, nor is US shale.

            My Schlumberger stock pay a dividend of just over 5%. BP and Shell similar.

            Good time to buy apparently.

    • “Perhaps he will look at the reduction in the support against fracking”? Quarterly blips mean nothing. The trend is still less support more opposition.

      “and decide to embarrass the SNP by showing what an opportunity they have missed and thereby add a few more seats for the Unionist Party.” No.

      “Where is GCs resignation letter? Did he get the last straw in the draw?” Who is GC?

      • The trend is still the majority not against fracking David.


        Who is the Business Minister, David?

        And you have been wrong several times before, from your own admission, regarding the demise of fracking in UK.

        By the way, how do you think the latest wheeze of paying for electricity in advance to fund new nuclear to support intermittent alternatives will go down with the tax payer? Perhaps Boris will find his own alternatives to that guff.

    • Did you actually read the report of the reduction in those opposing fracking. Did you note that the figures only showed a drop from the preceding month or two – in fact since the earthquakes stopped in Lancashire, since fracking was halted, since fracking went off the radar for a while then figures are down very slightly

  3. Be good for the Citizens of the UK and elsewhere were Mr. Boris Johnson to do his own research accessing up to date reports from mature fracking zones.

    Hopefully this will reveal how financially the industry is a short, medium and long term bust. Health damaage and environmental contamination commence as soon as drilling starts never mind the fracking itself.

    Gold Standard Monitoring is a myth, here at PNR Cuadrilla were permitted to mark their own homework which has turned out to result in massive amounts of contaminated gaseous fracking byproduct being released over the Residents of the Fylde, contrary to Permit!
    As yet Cuadrilla have not been punished for this and their applications to amend permit conditions are presently under consultation!

    Anyway the 2018 report Country Living, DIRTY AIR contains all the information the good Gentlemen should need to realise the industry is dodgy beyond belief and hopefully he will decide that serial fracking failures Cuadrilla should be closed down immediately.

  4. I must apologise. I said in 2013 that fracking would be Cameron’s poll tax. I was wrong. I then said it would be May’s poll tax. I was wrong again.
    Third time lucky, eh?

    • Maybe just the Con’s poll tax, eh?

      Has anyone considered that young ‘Al’ is the party scapegoat as the Cons crash out on the shit they have delivered to this country? An easy target; ego won’t let him see the cliff they have perched him on?

      • Ahh, our nocturnal visitor resurfaces, with the usual “prose”!

        Is daylight a problem? Or, maybe a calculation that Paul needs his kip.

  5. How many prime ministers does it take to get fracking started? Three so far and no gas produced. Looks like they’ll run out of Tories before we run out of fracking ‘opportunities’ that never quite seem to make the grade. Unless you’re grading earthquakes of course. Ho hum.

    Mother Nature’s moving in fast. Any sensible investors out there with surplus cash should be looking outside the Overton Window, rather than into it.

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