Keep up to date with April 2022’s news with our digest of daily updated headlines about the business, regulation and campaigns around UK fracking, shale, and onshore oil and gas.
Saturday 30 April 2022
Lancashire campaigners hit back at playing down of fracking tremors. Lancashire Post reports Fylde coast anti-fracking campaigners have hit back at claims that tremors caused by the process were “largely imperceptible”. See also DrillOrDrop report from 7 April 2022
Friday 29 April 2022
US fracking is an “environmental injustice with impacts not felt equally” – new analysis. DrillOrDrop report, link to Compendium of scientific, medical and media findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking and associated gas and oil infrastructure.
University ends investments in coal, oil and gas and reduces the carbon intensity of its investments by 37%. University of Manchester confirms it has it has ended investment in fossil fuel companies and has exceeded its target of reducing the carbon intensity of its other holdings.
Kwasi Kwarteng warns Shell and BP they must invest in the UK as a ‘quid pro quo’ after Chancellor Rishi Sunak threatened windfall tax on massive profits. The Daily Mail reports that the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, is urging Shell and BP to invest in the UK as a ‘quid pro quo’ after Rishi Sunak threatened a windfall tax on their massive profits.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe: Ineos owner makes late bid to buy Chelsea. Sky News reports a spokesperson for Sir Jim Ratcliffe confirmed the offer to buy Chelsea: “This is a British bid, for a British club”; Boston Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca out of running, leaving Todd Boehly and Sir Martin Broughton now battling it out with Ratcliffe for ownership.
‘End Fossil Fuels Now!’ Extinction Rebellion disrupts HSBC AGM. Extinction Rebellion reports that at around 11:30 AM on Friday April 29 members of Money Rebellion, a group within Extinction Rebellion specifically targeting financial institutions, disrupted HSBC’s Annual General Meeting in central London to demand that the banking and financial services giant stop investing in new fossil fuel projects immediately.
Thursday 28 April 2022
Police Bill with powers to curb noisy protest receives Royal assent. DrillorDrop report
Government minister describes fracking as “quite disruptive, may need thousands of wells and can take a long time”. DrillOrDrop report
Boris Johnson – speaking in Lancashire – says he will approve fracking “if it can be done safely”. Lancashire Live
Shell pulls out of plans to extract gas from two fields in the sea off North Yorkshire. Scarborough News
Wednesday 27 April 2022
Breaking: Brockham oil production plan approved. DrillOrDrop report
Tuesday 26 April 2022
Increased oil and gas prices and production turn loss to profit for Egdon Resources. DrillOrDrop report
Monday 25 April 2022
Ditch ‘net zero’ commitment and lose 1.3 million votes, Boris Johnson warned. The Independent reports a warning to Boris Johnson that the Conservatives will lose 1.3 million votes if they water down the commitment to achieve net zero carbon emission.
Sunday 24 April 2022
Fracking would not be viable. Sue Cuthbert, writing to the Gazette and Herald in Ryedale, explains why she believes fracking would not work in the UK.
Saturday 23 April 2022
Extinction Rebellion activists light flares and ambush energy secretary on Earth Day. The Independent reports climate change campaigners kicked off a wave of protests for Earth Day on Friday, pushing demands such as an immediate halt to European imports of Russian oil and gas and an end to building fossil fuel infrastructure.
Friday 22 April 2022
DrillOrDrop’s review of the latest UK onshore oil data for January 2022: production down despite high prices. Report here
Wednesday 20 April 2022
“Demonstratable need” for more greenbelt oil production at Brockham – Surrey council planners. DrillOrDrop report
New plans at UKOG’s Turkish oil site with reprocessing of seismic data. UKOG reports that it may delay drilling a sidetrack well at its Basur-Resan site following the processing of seismic data. The company says the data shows the sidetrack B-3S needs to be deeper and longer. It is now considering drilling the simpler R-6 well first, before B-3S.
Tuesday 19 April 2022
Climate and heritage experts call on British Museum to end BP sponsorship. The Guardian reports a group of climate scientists, archaeologists and those familiar with the museum industry have written to the British Museum’s board of trustees to urge them to sever a sponsorship deal with BP, arguing that it goes against the museum’s own policies and that a renewal would damage its reputation.
Rightwing populist parties blight climate policy, study finds. The Guardian reports on a study by the universities of Sussex and Warwick that found rightwing populist parties have a detrimental impact on climate policies. The research was based on policy of more than 25 countries over more than a decade.
Monday 18 April 2022
Britain is sitting on 50 years’ worth of shale gas with untapped reserves that could boost our energy supplies, chemicals giant says. The Daily Mail reports that Sir Jim Ratcliff of Ineos will hand the Government research showing Britain is sitting on 50 years’ worth of shale gas as part of lobbying to restart fracking.
Ineos warns high energy costs threaten British manufacturing. The FT (paywall) reports on comments by Ineos chief executive, Jim Ratcliffe.
Sunday 17 April 2022
‘Unbelievably, fracking is back on the agenda’. Chris Matheson MP, writing in the Chester Standard, described the government’s review of fracking as “a move to open the door to allow shale gas extraction” in Cheshire.
Six arrested after climate activists scale oil tanker in central London. The Guardian reports three people in Bayswater Road climbed on top of the Shell tanker where they held up an “End fossil filth” banner while other demonstrators gathered around the vehicle. Among those taking part in the protest were Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott and fellow British Olympian Laura Baldwin.
Friday 15 April 2022
Oil operators take out injunctions after protests lead to more than 600 arrests. Energy Voice reports that several oil and gas firms have secured civil injunctions for their sites in a bid to curb protests by Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion aimed at terminals in England.
Just Stop Oil protestors block oil terminals in England. Energy Voice reports on protests at three oil terminals in England: Inter and Navigator Terminals in Essex and the Kingsbury terminal in Warwickshire
Thursday 14 April 2022
Evidence from America shows fracking in the UK will not be safe. Oil Change reports on evidence of the health impact of shale gas operations in the US.
The health community must resist the UK’s expansion of oil and gas. In an opinion column in the BMJ, Rhiannon Osborne calls for an end to UK investment in oil and gas operations.
Wednesday 13 April 2022
Wressle oil boosts Europa’s half-year accounts. DrillOrDrop report
Egdon lodges appeal against Biscathorpe refusal. DrillOrDrop report
‘Historic’: global climate plans can now keep heating below 2C, study shows. The Guardian reports on a study which concludes that for the first time the world is in a position to limit global heating to under 2C based on the net zero pledges made by nations at the UN Cop26 climate summit in December. Independent
XR scientists glue hands to business department in London climate protest. The Guardian reports 25 scientists have pasted pages of scientific papers to the windows of the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and glued their hands to the glass to highlight the climate science they said the government was ignoring. The Telegraph reports that the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, accused Extinction Rebellion of endangering British energy security.
Extinction Rebellion infiltrates headquarters of ‘biggest offenders’ Shell on day of climate action.
The Independent reports that middle-aged climate activists gathered on on London’s South Bank on Wednesday to infiltrate the headquarters of oil giant Shell. Extinction Rebellion report
Extinction Rebellion goes door-knocking for new recruits. BBC News reports XR is carrying out three days of “deep-canvassing”, approaching people in their homes to “listen to their concerns” about climate change.
Tuesday 12 April 2022
Extinction Rebellion closes Lloyds of London. Extinction Rebellion reports that 60 people closed all the entrances to Lloyd’s of London’s building in the City of London. This is the first time XR has closed down a financial institution completely for a whole day.
Monday 11 April 2022
Angus Energy placing. Angus Energy announces it has raised £675,000 in a placing of 61,363,634 shares to support the company until revenues come on stream from the Saltfleetby gas site.
Fuel disruption: Labour demands nationwide injunction against protesters threatening supplies. Sky News reports Labour has demanded ministers intervene to stop protests outside 11 fuel depots, which have disrupted fuel supplies despite more than 500 arrests.
Just Stop Oil activists cause fuel shortage. The Times reports that some petrol stations ran out of fuel at the weekend after climate change activists blockaded oil terminals.
Sunday 10 April 2022
UK fuel protests creating an “unacceptable” risk of harm, police say. The Press Association (published by Bloomberg) re[ports comments by Essex Police that days of “exceptionally dangerous” fuel protests are putting activists and officers at “unacceptable” risk of harm as the number of arrests are set to top 350.
Three-quarters of Britons back expansion of wind power, poll reveals. The Observer reports on a poll which finds that even Tory voters are unlikely to support the Conservative’s nuclear-first energy policy.
Could fracking damage your home. Sunday Times feature on recouping costs of damage caused by fracking
Saturday 9 April 2022
Two years of missed government deadlines for Woodsetts and Ellesmere Port shale gas decisions. DrillOrDrop report on the second anniversary of the target date for decisions on Ineos and IGas shale gas schemes
Britain was promised a bold and visionary energy plan. But we’ve been sold a dud. One of the UK’s leading scientists, Jim Watson, writing in the Guardian, says the new power security strategy does little to help people or the planet
Friday 8 April 2022
Cambo oilfield development could be back on after takeover. The Guardian reports the Cambo oilfield off the Shetland Islands could now be developed after a $1.5bn (£1.1bn) takeover of the owner of the controversial site.
New Cambo owner tries to fast-track North Sea project. The Telegraph reports Ithaca Energy had talks with Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, in the run-up to the announcement that the company was taking over Siccar Point Energy.
New Cambo owners making “billion-pound gamble” say campaigners. Energy Voice reports comments by environmental groups that a change of ownership at the Cambo developpment will not alter the prospects for what they call a “doomed field”.
Sound Energy plc pulls out of offer for Angus Energy. Angus Energy announces Sound Energy is not making an offer for the company. Angus has ended the formal sale process and will continue discussions for the sale of assets.
Minister: Gov to cut “long and laborious” approval process for North Sea projects. Energy Voice reports comments by the energy minister, Greg Hands, that new government-led project accelerator schemes announced as part of the energy security strategy will help reduce the time between licensing and consent for offshore projects.
Thursday 7 April 2022
Backbench Tories call for relaxed planning laws on fracking. DrillOrDrop report
Complaint made about BBC interview with Cuadrilla’s chief executive. DrillOrDrop report
Ithaca Energy to buy Cambo operator Siccar POint in $1.5 billion deal. Energy vboice reports the deal includes holdings in two of the largest untapped fields in UK waters – Cambo and Rosebank.
XR cover university buildings with IPCC report. Extinction Rebellion Youth Cambridge and Extinction Rebellion Cambridge cover Senate House and the BP Institute with the latest IPCC report on climate crisis
Wednesday 6 April 2022
80 fracking wells could supply 3 million homes in a year – IGas. DrillOrDrop report on IGas predictions in its annual report
Boris Johnson doubles hydrogen targets in effort to cut back on gas. The Times reports Boris Johnson will announce plans tomorrow to double the government’s target for low-carbon hydrogen as it seeks an alternative to gas fuel.
Netpol launches practical guide to local police monitoring. The police monitoring network publishes a guide to monitoring policing.
Extinction Rebellion occupy tankers leaving Esso West oil terminal. Extinction Rebellion reports that activists had returned to the Esso West oil terminal in west London on the 7th day of action at oil facilities in the UK.
Tuesday 5 April 2022
Monday 4 April 2022
“New fossil fuel investment is moral and economic madness” – UN sec gen’s final warning on climate change. DrillOrDrop report on latest IPCC climate assessment. Carbon Brief Indepth assessment (5/4/22)
Climate change protesters blockade UK oil facility in latest action. Reuters reports climate change activists from the Extinction Rebellion group said on Monday they had blocked the entrance to an oil facility near London’s Heathrow Airport on their fourth day of action. Evening Standard
Sunday 3 April 2022
UN to release new report on action to tackle climate crisis after marathon talks. PA reports that a major new UN report on the action needed to tackle the climate crisis is set to be released after marathon talks to agree its findings.
More than 200 arrests made a climate change protests. PA reports more than 200 people have been arrested as climate change activists enter a third day of protests at oil terminals. 54 arrests were at the Kingsbury Oil Terminal in Warwickshire and 155 at terminals in Essex.
Saturday 2 April 2022
“There can be no moving the fracking goalposts” – Fylde MP. DrillOrDrop report
Now ministers go cool on fracking plan – with more onshore wind likely to be included in Government’s energy security strategy. Daily Mail report
Fracking ban set to be reviewed after pressure from Tory MPs. Daily Telegraph quotes a government sources that the review would examine “safety and whether any new technology exists to help us accurately predict and manage seismic events”
Britain could get seven new nuclear power stations by 2050. The Telegraph reports comments by the business secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, that Britain could build up to seven new nuclear power station as part of a radical expansion of homegrown energy.
Friday 1 April 2022
Climate activists plan daily protests after blocking 10 UK oil terminals. Reuters reports hundreds of climate change protesters blocked oil terminals across Britain on Friday with some supporters climbing on top of oil tankers as part of their campaign to force the government to end its reliance on fossil fuels.