Keep up with April 2021’s news with our digest of daily updated headlines about the business, regulation and campaigns around UK fracking, shale, and onshore oil and gas.
Friday 16 April
UKOG annual accounts likens the Horse Hill oil site in Surrey to a “talented but troublesome teenager”. DrillOrDrop report on the companies finances which went into the red with a gross loss of £1.63m in the year to September 2020.
Scaled-back UKOG protest injunction heads to trial after more than three years. DrillOrDrop report
Thursday 15 April 2021
MPs to debate petition against protest policing bill. DrillOrDrop report
Groundswell review – the fight against fracking in Ireland. The Guardian reports on Groundswell, a new documentary from Johnny Gogan about the anti-fracking campaign in Ireland. The film is released on 16 April on digital platforms.
How Texas’s zombie oil wells are creating an environmental disaster zone. The Guardian reports on how thousands of abandoned oil wells in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico are endangering humans and wildlife.
Cuadrilla founder appointed to mineral exploration company. Street Insider reports that Golden Birch, which operates in Papua New Guinea, has appointed Chris Cornelius, the founder of Cuadrilla Resources in 2007 and its former chief executive.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Study calls for new definition of fracking to close regulatory loopholes. DrillOrDrop report
Tuesday 13 April 2021
East Riding of Yorkshire Council to close roads to Rathlin Energy’s West Newton-A wellsite again. DrillOrDrop report
Saturday 10 April 2021
Views sought on Biscathorpe oil production plans in Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. DrillOrDrop report
Friday 9 April 2021
Well evaluation underway at West Newton-B. DrillOrDrop report
Thursday 8 April 2021
Government misses own deadline on shale gas decision by one year. DrillOrDrop report on the anniversary of the decision dates for Woodsetts and Ellesmere Port.
Record rise in global methane emissions in 2020. The FT (paywall) reports that scientists are concerned about how levels of methane, as well as carbon dioxide will affect global warming.
Wednesday 7 April 2021
IGas 2020 accounts reveal cost of Covid-19 . DrillOrDrop report on falling revenue, production and earnings.
Drilling consent for UKOG’s Turkish well. DrillOrDrop on UKOG’s contrasting fortunes onshore and in Turkey.
Extinction Rebellion protest Barclays fossil fuel investments at London HQ. Proactive Investors reports on a protest outside Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf. The website says: “A group of seven women carefully hit the glass with hammers and chisels to avoid hurting bank staff, fellow activists and passersby. They then sat down next to the broken windows and waited to be arrested.”
Friday 2 April 2021
Horse Hill production continues slide. DrillOrDrop report on oil production volumes from UKOG’s Horse Hill site in Surrey
Thursday 1 April 2021
“No planning consent for importing waste water to Angus Energy’s Brockham oil site”. DrillOrDrop report on confirmation by Surrey County Council that Angus Energy would need planning permission for its proposal to inject formation water from Weald hydrocarbon sites.
UK onshore oil production drops again. DrillOrDrop report on 2020 production figures.
Picture post: Ad campaign targets fracking industry. DrillOrDrop report on advertising campaign against shale gas in European cities.
10th anniversary of Preese Hall earthquake. Anti-fracking campaigner, Bob Dennett, reports:
“10 years ago today at 2.32 am I was woken up by an earthquake measuring 2.3 on the Richter scale. That earthquake was caused by Cuadrilla’s fracking activity at Preese Hall farm, Weeton in Lancashire. A 10 year battle with the industry and government followed. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the current lack of activity the war is not yet won.”
Issue of equity. Angus Energy announces it has issued 15 million ordinary shares. This increases the shares in the company to more than 951.5 million. The issue follows approval of a resolution at the company’s annual general meeting.
Police chief in charge of Preston New Road anti-fracking protests retires. Wigan Today reports the retirement of Andy Rhodes as chief constable of Lancashire. He spent his entire career with the force and was responsible for overseeing the high profile policing operation at the shale gas site. He hands over to Chris Rowley, who was previously deputy chief constable of Humberside Police.