Daily headlines

September 2022 headlines

Keep up to date with September 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.

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Friday 30 September 2022

Angus Energy announces new start date for delayed sidetrack at Saltfleetby gas site in Lincolnshire. DrillOrDrop report

Watch for a political earthquake in middle England, as Liz Truss breaks up the Tory bedrock. In an Guardian opinion piece, Gaby Hinsliff says UKOG’s Dunsfold gas exploration scheme in Surrey could cost the Conservatives votes.

Astonishment as fracking companies may be placed in charge of testing public support for drilling. The Independent reports reaction to suggestions that firms like Cuadrilla could be asked to show they have local consent for frackng. The Express

Prime Minister refuses to answer question on fracking permits. The Yorkshire Post reports that in order to push through fracking permits, the government plans to completely bypass local councils. It claims this is to avoid any potential veto motivated by political malice as opposed to local sentiment.

What harnessing geothermal power shares with fracking. The Guardian reports that the linking between fracking and earthquakes is also a possibility in extracting geothermal energy.

Shell snubs climate case verdict and continues drilling for more. Oil Change reports that Shell continues to develop new oil and gas assets. This includes definitive investments in 10 assets since a ruling in the Netherlands that the cmpany must reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% by the end of 2030, compared with 2019.

Most UK adults think nature is in urgent need of protection – poll. The Guardian reports on a poll for National Trust, RSPB and WWF which surveyed 8,000+ adults – 81% said they believed nature was under threat and more needed to be done urgently to protect and restore it. 48% said they were willing to take action themselves to reverse the damage.

Thursday 29 September 2022

What Liz Truss said about fracking in Lancashire this morning. DrillOrDrop report on the interview in which the prime minister repeatedly said fracking must be with local consent when she was interviewed about fracking this morning by BBC Radio Lancashire. But she refused to rule it out in the county. The Guardian, BBC News, Reuters, Energy Live

Rathlin Energy reveals plans for 15 wells at West Newton. DrillOrDrop report on findings from a competent person’s report on the East Yorkshire gas field. Proactive Investors

Cuadrilla’s Australian owner, A J Lucas, raises new funds for UK fracking. DrillOrDrop report on $19.7m share placing.

Climate campaigner joins residents on “shale trail” walk between Surrey oil sites. DrillOrDrop report

Fracking companies could poll residents for drilling consent in exchange for money. The Yorkshire Post says the government is looking at bypassing local councils to allow fracking companies to poll residents over drilling in exchange for money.

The government must rethink its plans on fracking – our petition . CPRE launches a new petition with 38 Degrees calling on the prime minister to ensure communities have the final say on any application in their area.

Net Zero Watch are on shaky ground. Refracktion reports on Net Zero Watch calls for fracking to adopt a British Standard on surface vibrations which does not consider the level of disturbance below ground, which might lead to deformed well casing.

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Losses widen for Ineos shale gas company. DrillOrDrop report on Ineos Upstream’s annual report

Fossil fuel recruiters banned from UK university careers service. The Guardian reports that Birkbeck University of London has, for the first time, banned fossil fuel companies from recruiting students through its careers service.

Bishop of Salford calls for rethink on lifting fracking ban. BBC News reports the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, the lead on environmental issues for the Roman Catholic Church, has called for a rethinking on lifting the fracking moratorium because he believes it is a threat to local people.

A J Lucas trading halt. The Australian mining group, A J Lucas, which owns 96% of Cuadrilla, reports a trading halt pending an announcements. The financial press reports this will be about a fundraising of $20m for shale gas development in the UK.

Nord Stream Gas Leaks May Be a New Disaster for the Climate. Bloomberg reports on estimates in Germany that 300,000 metric tons of methane has escaped in the leak. Scientists are speculating that it could be one of the worst leaks ever, the website adds.

Tuesday 27 September 2022

East Yorkshire councillors to debate opposition to fracking next week. DrillOrDrop report

Hopeful contenders for West Lancs MP seat slam fracking as crunch by-election looms. Lancs Live reports the West Lancs by-election could become a referendum on fracking in Lancashire.

Climate campaigners and walkers to visit Surrey’s hidden oil extraction sites as part of Big Green Week. The Sussex Express reports that climate campaigners are inviting Surrey residents to join a countryside walk of discovery this weekend between two of Surrey’s hidden oil extraction sites.

Climate change goals at risk due to ‘lack of clear net zero strategies’ – Oil and Gas Transition report. The Scotsman reports on a study by the Oil and Gas Transition Initiative which says climate and energy security goals are at risk in the UK, Norway and Denmark due to a lack of clear net zero strategies.

‘Truss could ditch campaign pledge to only allow fracking if there is local consent’. Planning Resource reports that the business department has discussed a report on determining fracking developments as major infrastructure projects, which would cut out local communities’ views.

Derbyshire green groups and opposition parties unite against lifting fracking ban. The Derbyshire Times reports that groups in the county have come together to speak up against the government’s lifting of the fracking moratorium.

Keir Starmer speech: Labour plans publicly owned renewable energy giant. BBC News reports that Sir Keir Starmer has announced plans to create a publicly owned renewable energy company if Labour wins the next general election

Production to cease at Groningen gas field. Energy Voice reports the Dutch governnment has announced gas output from the flagship Groningen gas field will be lowered to minimal amounts, with a view to ceasing in 2024. The field experienced earthquakes that damaged buildings.

‘Hard to imagine’ huge Nord Stream pipeline leaks are a coincidence, says Danish PM. Politico reports that three key gas pipelines linking Russia and Germany have sprung mysterious leaks. The Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen said sabotage could not be ruled out.

Sweden issues warning of two gas leaks on Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Reuters reports that Sweden’s Maritime Authority has issued a warning of two leaks on the Russian-owned Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline in Swedish and Danish waters, shortly after a leak on the nearby Nord Stream 2 project was discovered.

EU vows to protect energy systems after ‘sabotage’ on Russian gas pipelines. Reuters reports comments by a top diplomat who said any deliberate disruption to the EU’s energy infrastructure would meet a “robust and united response”.

Hydrogen is unsuitable for home heating, review concludes. The Guardian reports that a review of scientific papers has concluded that hydrogen is unsuitable for use in home heating and is likely to remain so.

Monday 26 September 2022

Kimmeridge oil site in Dorset burns gas because of equipment delays. DrillOrDrop report

North Yorkshire Lib Dems condemn fracking plans. Harrogate News reports North Yorkshire Liberal Democrats have condemned plans to bring back fracking.

Liz Truss’s net zero climate adviser urges investors to ditch shale gas. The FT reports that Liz Truss’s net zero advisor, Chris Skidmore, has warned investors not to support fracking but favour renewable energy. Also reported in the Telegraph and Express

Keele University experts brand government fracking plans as ‘step backwards’. The Stoke Sentinel reports that local experts have denounced government proposals for a fracking boom as a “step backwards”. The website quotes Dr Ian Stimpson, a senior lecturer in geophysics and Dr Sharon George, a senior lecturer in environmental sustainability, both at at Keele University.

Lancashire geology limits England’s fracking feasibility, say academics. The Energyst reports findings from Heriot-Watt University that the rock configurations under Britain’s most advanced fracking project raise further questions about commercial feasibility of the process. Energy Voice (30/9/22)

Fracking ban will continue in Scotland. Energy Live News reports confirmation by a Scottish government minister that there will no change in Scottish policy on fracking.

Will King Charles block government’s fracking plan? Energy Live News says King Charles could reportedly play a significant role in blocking or consenting to a lifting of the ban on fracking because mineral rights are held by the crown.

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight says ‘no’ to fracking after Government decision. The Scarborough News reports criticism by Sir Greg of the government’s decision to lift the moratorium on fracking in England.

Ed Miliband mocks ’19th century’ Rees-Mogg and accuses him of ‘climate denial’. The Evening Standard reports on Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour conference, in which he criticised the government’s decision to open the door to fracking.

Gap to 1.5C yawns, as most governments miss UN deadline to improve climate plans. Climate Home News reports that just a handful of major countries improved their climate pledges by the Cop26 team’s September 23 deadline.

‘Big bang moment for net zero’: Government kicks off new Net Zero Review. Business Green reports on a three-month review of the UK’s net zero strategy, led by Chris Skidmore MP. Also reported by Reuters

Saturday 24 September 2022

Fracking profits to be diverted into sovereign wealth fund in plan to drive growth. The Telegraph reports on a proposed fund from the proceeds of fracking.

Anti-fracking Nanas take to streets in protest again after Government U-turns on ban. The Mirror reports that anti-fracking nanas are back protesting over the government u-turn on fracking.

MARK GLOVER: Any suggestion that fracking will bring down our energy bills is pie in the sky. The Gedling Eye reports on local reaction to lifting the moratorium on fracking in England.

East Yorkshire drillsite will produce enough gas for 380,000 homes Rathlin Energy says. The Yorkshire Post reports on Friday’s update on the West Newton sites (see also DrillOrDrop report)

Mike Amesbury MP on Runcorn fracking fears. The Runcorn and Widnes World reports that the area’s Labour MP fears Runcorn may be impacted if the plan to reintroduce fracking goes ahead.

Friday 23 September 2022

Shares fall on West Newton gas production update. DrillOrDrop report on an announcement by partners at West Newton that commercial gas production was about four years away.

Rees-Mogg should make his constituency first to be fracked, says Tory MP. The Guardian reports comments by Mark Menzies, Conservative MP for Fylde, that the business secretary should “lead by example” and make his the first constituency to be fracked. [Mr Rees-Mogg’s constituency is not currently licensed for oil and gas exploration].

Is fracking coming to a town near you? Here’s how you can fight them – and win. Anti-fracking campaigner, Tina Rothery, writes in the Guardian that the Lancashire Nanas Against Fracking are a force to be reckoned with.

“Wrong kind of shale”: North East geologist reacts after Government lifts UK fracking ban. The Chronicle reports geologists from North East universities have reacted to the Government lifting the ban on fracking by saying that the UK has the “wrong type of shale.”

Fracking could shake the Conservative vote. David Nowell, a fellow of the Geological Society, writing in the Guardian, says the business secretary has a “risible scientific understanding” of shale gas extraction. Proposing a higher red limit in the traffic light system than the current 0.5ml could prove destructive to the Tory vote if people’s houses start crumbling.

Government to fast track five North Sea oil and gas fields, including Cambo and Murlach. Energy Voice reports that five North Sea oil and gas schemes have been included in a list of infrastructure projects that the UK government is aiming to fast track. They comprise: Cambo, Murlach, Talbot, Affleck and Victory fields. Also reported by the Independent (24/9/22)

Wirral MP Margaret Greenwood urges outright ban on fracking. The Wirral Globe reports that Labour’s Margaret Greenwood has called for a ban on fracking.

Thursday 22 September 2022

Government formally lifts moratorium on fracking in England and says people living near shale gas sites should tolerate more risk and disturbance in the national interest. DrillOrDrop report

“Significant knowledge gaps” makes forecasting fracking earthquakes a scientific challenge, says BGS review. DrillOrDrop report

Reaction to fracking go-ahead. DrillOrDrop report

Tory anger at lifting moratorium – what MPs said in parliament. DrillOrDrop report

More coverage: Earthquake levels set for review to allow fracking (BBC); No evidence fracking will have impact on price of gas, government adviser says (Independent); Fracking could affect many protected areas across England as ban is lifted (Guardian); UK Government threatened with legal action over North Sea oil and gas licence expansion (The Herald); UK fracing lacks the local support it needs (World Oil); Shale gas is safe and seismic limits must be revisited – UK minister (Reuters); Jacob Rees-Mogg dismisses ‘hysteria’ over fracking as ban ends (The Guardian); UK fracking needs local support, but it’s nowhere to be seen (Bloomberg); Factcheck: is Jacob Rees-Mogg right that fracking is safe and vital? (Guardian); Liz Truss risks Tory backlash over end to fracking ban (Energy Voice); Jacob Rees-Mogg claims fracking opponents are funded by the Kremlin (Telegraph); Scotland’s no-fracking policy to continue (BBC News); Jacob Rees-Mogg faces Tory anger over plan to buy local support (BBC News); Truss could break fracking election pledge to bypass local opposition (Guardian); Jacob Rees-Mogg dismisses ‘hysteria’ over fracking as ban ends (Guardian); Jacob Rees-Mogg says ‘widely reported’ stories claim some fracking opposition funded by Putin regime (Sky News); End to UK fracking ban triggers backlash (FT); IGas Energy and Egdon Resources boosted as fracking ban officially lifted (Proactive Investors)

Ministers lower climate bar for new oil and gas projects. The Times reports that plans to block new North Sea oil and gas projects if they are incompatible with UK climate goals “have been quietly ditched”. The paper says officials confirmed that three of the six proposed tests in the climate checklist would not apply. They included scope 3 emissions, generated from burning fossil fuels.

Wednesday 21 September 2022

UK oil and gas production set to miss emissions target in 2030. DrillOrDrop article on the emissions monitoring report by the North Sea Transition Authority. It said emissions from UK oil and gas production fell by more than a fifth from 2018-21, but the sector is not on course to meet its emissions reduction target in 2030 and carbon pollution per gallon of oil actually rose. Energy Voice

Energy bill relief scheme. The government announces details of help with energy bills for businesses and non-domestic customers

Fracking won’t work in UK says founder of fracking company Cuadrilla. The Guardian reports comments by the founder of the UK’s first fracking company that fracking in the UK would be impossible at any meaningful scale and would not help the energy price crisis. Opinion article by Chris Cornelius and Mark Linder

Government will push ahead with fracking, says Jacob Rees-Mogg despite earthquake fears. The Telegraph reports on the planned announcement tomorrow, with reaction from CPRE that it would cause “fury off the Richter scale”.

UK govt to review level of seismic activity allowed at fracking sites -minister. Reuters report on comments by Jacob Rees-Mogg that seismic limits for fracking would be “reviewed to see a proportionate level”.

West Lancashire by-election could become referendum on Liz Truss’s fracking policy. Inews reports that the government decision to overturn fracking ban described as an ‘open goal’ for Labour.

Truss defends possible Tory manifesto breach over fracking ban. PA (via the Shropshire Star) reports that Liz Truss has defended a potential breach of the Tory manifesto pledge.

Six-month cap will cut businesses’ energy bills in half. The Times reports on the government support for businesses.

Truss’s plans for tax cuts ‘a gamble at best’, says IFS. PA (via the Belfast Telegraph) reports on reaction to new government policy from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Cost to taxpayer of Truss’s £100bn energy package has escaped scrutiny. The Guardian reports that MPs have had no chance to question Jacob Rees-Mogg’s announcement on help for business and no one is marking Kwasi Kwarteng’s homework.

Give public information to help them cut energy use – think tank. PA (via the Belfast Telegraph) reports on calls by the Green Alliance for council advice centres to help people reduce energy bills.

Tuesday 20 September 2022

Latest onshore oil data shows UK production is still at historically low levels, despite increasing prices. DrillOrDrop report

New sidetrack well planned for Whisby oilfield in Lincolnshire. DrillorDrop report

Emergency rush into gas prompts questions of stranded energy assets. The FT reports on stranded gas assets like the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany and the risk to new LNG import terminals.

Emissions from Australia’s oil and gas industry rose 20% in first five years of safeguard mechanism. The Guardian reports the scale of the rise prompts warnings that Australia will struggle to cut emissions if Labor revamp allows new coal and gas.

Fracking poll – PM wrong to lift UK fracking ban. The Engineer reports that its (self-selecting) poll voted 73% against lifting the moratorium on fracking.

Mapped: UK fracking licences could impact one in four Tory constituencies. The New Statesmen reports that the prime minister’s vow to kick-start fracking in the UK could imperil the Conservatives’ chance at the next election.

Fracking in West Sussex ‘would be a hideous mistake’. Sussex World reports comments by campaigners that allowing fracking in West Sussex countryside would be “a hideous mistake”.

Fracking predicted to have a “negligible” impact on energy bills. Energy Live News reports comments from Friends of the Earth that fracking would have a negligible effect on bills.

Liz Truss: Rising power bills are ‘price worth paying’ for long-term UK security. The Evening Standard reports comments by the prime minister that the UK cannot jeopardise security for the sake of cheap energy.

‘Polluters must pay’: UN chief calls for windfall tax on fossil fuel companies. The Guardian reports on comments by the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, that countries should impose windfall taxes on fossil fuel companies and divert the money to vulnerable nations suffering losses from the climate crisis.

Taxpayer to cover half of businesses’ electricity bills. The Telegraph reports on Wednesday’s rescue package for businesses.

Monday 19 September 2022

Fracking is no quick fix to gas prices, adviser warns Liz Truss. The Times reports that the government’s climate change advisor has urged Liz Truss to “look at the facts” on fracking. Lord Deben, of the Climate Change Committee, said it would be too costly and provide no quick relief from the energy crisis. Independent, Lancs Live

High energy prices attract investors back to UK fossil fuel small caps. The FT says seven of the 10 best performing stocks on London’s junior Aim market are fossil fuel companies

Sunday 18 September 2022

Target of West Newton wells in East Yorkshire switches back to gas. DrillOrDrop report

Campaigners gear up for new fight with fracking back on the horizon in East Yorkshire. Hull Live reports comments by campaigners who say they are ready for action in the East Riding if new Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a pledge to overturn a ban on fracking.

‘It beggars belief’: Liz Truss energy plan ‘shows government doesn’t understand climate crisis’. The Independent reports comments by the government’s former chief scientific advisor, Sir David King, who said its energy plans are “completely at odds” with legal climate targets.

As resistance grows to the fossil fuel regime, laws are springing up everywhere to suppress climate activists. Jeff Sparrow, writing in the Guardian, says governments are setting in place repressive anti-protest laws to protect big polluters.

Fracking could be political earthquake for Tories. Socialist Worker reports that restarting fracking in Britain is a dangerous move for Liz Truss

Friday 16 September 2022

Turkey Phase 2 seismic completed. UK Oil & Gas plc announces the second phase of the seismic programme in its Turkey Resan licence has been completed.

Thursday 15 September 2022

E Midlands fracks could supply 3m homes in a year and be less prone to earthquakes- IGas. DrillOrDrop report on IGas interim accounts, Proactive Investors

Liz Truss to lift fracking ban ‘despite little progress on earthquake risk’. The Guardian reports on the unpublished review by the British Geological Survey of fracking science. The paper says reducing and predicting risk of earthquakes remains a “scientific challenge”, there are still “significant existing knowledge gaps” and that problems remain with identifying potential new fracking sites that may be able to handle earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0.

Fracking: if Liz Truss wants a major shale gas industry, she is 280 million years late. Professor Stuart Haszeldine, writing in The Conversation, says the lifting of the moratorium on fracking is an act based on “desperation and dogma”, rather than data. He says there is not enough gas, the results of exploratory drilling have been mostly bad, and the gas has leaked through geological faults and cracks so that only the dregs remain.

Dear Liz Truss, fracking is a pointless gamble on small quantities of expensive gas in the distant future – Dr Richard Dixon. Opinion piece in the Scotsman by environmental campaigner and consultant Richard Dixon and former director of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Locals hit out at ‘crazy’ government plans to bring back fracking to North Yorkshire countryside. Yorkshire Live reports on reaction in Ryedale to the lifting of the fracking moratorium.

Liz Truss told there’s ‘no local support’ for fracking in South Yorkshire villages threatened by wells. Yorkshire Live reports comments by Rotherham councillors that there is no local support for fracking in the area. The Star

IGas CEO Stephen Bowler leaves company immediately. DrillOrDrop report

Zac Goldsmith loses environmental job. The Guardian reports that the Conservative peer, Zac Goldsmith, has been sacked as an environment minister. Some Conservative MPs and campaigners fear this is a sign that animal welfare will be downgraded by the Liz Truss government

Shell CEO van Beurden to step down at the end of 2022 and successor is revealed. Energy Voice reports that Ben van Beurden will be replaced by Wael Sawan, Shell’s head of integrated gas and renewables, from 1 January 2023.

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Campaigners warn of “huge backlash” if government rewrites rules on fracking. DrillOrDrop report on warning from fracking opponents on industry calls for new rules to make shale gas production quicker and easier.

Fracking firms push for relaxed earthquake and planning rules. The Independent (paywall), Mirror, Telegraph (13/9/22), Express, Proactive Investors, Lancashire Live (15/9/22)

Why lifting ban on fracking presents a major threat for us all. Rosalind Skillen, writing in the Belfast Telegraph, explains why she thinks Liz Truss’s decision to lift the moratorium is environmentally irresponsible and brings risks.

Huge swathes of Yorkshire could be opened up to fracking under Government plans. The Yorkshire Post reports that large parts of Yorkshire could potentially soon see fracking exploration, after the Government announced it was planning on lifting the moratorium as part of plans to improve energy security.

Reabold shares drop as sells investee Corallian to oil major. Morning Star reports that Reabold Resources, an investor in Rathlin Energy, has sold Corallian Energy to an unnamed oil and gas major.

Health groups call for global fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. World Health Organisation and almost 200 other health associations urge governments around the world to halt “environmental vandalism”, the Guardian reports

Tuesday 13 September 2022

Union Jack shares fall on Wressle estimates. DrillOrDrop report on assessment of resources and reserves in the Wressle oil and gas field in North Lincolnshire.

UK won’t frack its way to energy security. An FT comment describes fracking as “a bit pointless” as a potential solution to the energy crisis.

PM’s plan needs to do more to decouple gas from electricity prices. Energy Voice reports that Liz Truss’s energy plan is a “sticking plaster” and there should be more focus on decoupling gas from electricity generation prices.

North Sea licensing round details under wraps until after Queen’s funeral. Energy Voice reports that details of the upcoming North Sea licensing round are being kept under wraps until after the funeral next week.

Monday 12 September 2022

UKOG share placing raises another £3m for operations in Turkey. DrillOrDrop report

Liz Truss under pressure to reveal details of energy crisis plan. The Guardian reports the prime minister is under pressure from Tory MPs to set out her plans potentially on Thursday or Friday next week, before the Commons breaks for party conferences.

Kwarteng criticised for leaving businesses in the dark over £200bn energy bailout. The Telegraph reports that industry leaders call for ‘absolute clarity as fast as possible’ for chance of survival.

MPs likely to be recalled for emergency ‘budget’ after Queen’s funeral next week. The Guardian reports that Liz Truss is expected to announce plans for immediate tax cuts in what will amount to an emergency budget.

Sunday 11 September 2022

Fracking groups seek further steps on Truss reforms. The FT reports that fracking companies have said Liz Truss’s lifting of the moratorium on fracking will not resurrect the industry in England without rapid reform of planning and earthquake rules.

Saturday 10 September 2022

Fracking power could eclipse North Sea gas: As PM Liz Truss lifts ban, shale could become one of Britain’s biggest sources of energy in just 15 years. The Express reports on figures from National Grid, which the paper says show fracking’s contribution to British energy needs could match the North Sea by 2037 and surpass it the following year. [The figures are from National Grid’s 2022 energy scenarios. The Falling Short scenario says the level of import dependency depends on whether domestic shale gas is exploited. This scenario does not meet the UK Net Zero target by 2050.]

Friday 9 September 2022

Union Jack lends £1m to Europa Oil & Gas. DrillOrDrop report

Factcheck: Why fracking is not the answer to the UK’s energy crisis. CarbonBrief reports on why the UK is lifting the ban on fracking, what evidence there is that it will cut bills or provide energy security, what public support there is for the process and how likely it is to take off.

The Tories spent a decade putting fossil fuel profits first. Now we’re all paying the price. Max Wakefield, of the climate action group Possible, writing the Guardian, argues that instead of home insulation and cheap renewables, ministers have given us fracking. “This crisis is just the start of the pain”, he says.

Liz Truss Campaign Funded by Donors From Pro-Fracking Groups and Climate Denier. DeSmog reports that two funders are advisors to a “well-connected” forum set up by the BP-funded Institute of Economic Affairs that wants to see UK fracking regulations relaxed.

Liz Truss Hires Anti-Green Aides With Ties to Libertarian Think Tanks. DeSmog reports that the new UK Prime Minister has appointed multiple advisors with a record of opposing climate action, including a key aide from a think tank funded by oil giant BP. 

Thursday 8 September 2022

Liz Truss to lifting fracking moratorium in England. DrillOrDrop report

Reaction to announcement on lifting fracking moratorium. DrillOrDrop report

Nicola Sturgeon rules out fracking in Scotland. The Herald reports comments by the Scottish first minister that there will be no fracking in Scotland.

Early day motion regretting the government announcement on the moratorium. Lib Dem Wera Hobhouse sponsors the motion. At 20 September it had been signed by 13 people.

Wednesday 7 September 2022

UK shale gas is too small to help energy prices – advisors tell PM. DrillOrDrop report on warning from the Climate Change Committee and National Infrastructure Commission. Also Sky News, Guardian, Lancashire Live, Telegraph

Jailed pipeline protester is to appeal against sentence for contempt of court. DrillOrDrop report

Surrey council planners recommend refusal of IGas grey hydrogen plans for Bletchingley. DrillOrDrop report

Union Jack reveals drilling plans and first profit. DrillOrDrop report

MPs call on Liz Truss to hold to net zero target after campaign pledges. The Guardian reports that 29 MPs and peers have urged the new prime minister to recommit to the net zero target after promising to expand oil and gas production.

UK Oil, Gas Industry Urges PM to Speed New North Sea Licenses. Bloomberg reports the lobbying group for the UK’s oil and gas industry has identified $330 bn of potential investments in the North Sea by the end of the decade that could enable the UK to meet about half its demand for oil and gas from domestic supplies. More from Reuters

MP Mike Amesbury fears fracking could be revived in Cheshire. The Northwich Guardian reports comments by the Labour MP that he is prepared to stand alongside campaigners if the new prime minister presses ahead with plans to lift the moratorium on fracking.

Tuesday 6 September 2022

Rees-Mogg takes on business, energy and climate change. DrillOrDrop report on the appointment of Jacob Rees-Mogg as business secretary with additional responsibility for energy and climate change because no one else would apparently take them on. Reuters, Guardian, Bloomberg, Politico, Independent

Climate activist jailed over pipeline protest. DrillOrDrop report on campaigner’s 112-prison sentence for contempt of court over protest against Southampton to London Pipeline Project

Britain’s new prime minister Liz Truss will be a “disaster” for the climate. Oil Change International reports Liz Truss will exacerbate the climate crisis and use the wrong solutions.

If we’re going to get fracking, we’re going to need to overhaul our planning system. Charles McAllister, of the shale industry organisation, UK Onshore Oil & Gas, writes in City Am, that the case is overwhelming for designated shale gas sites as nationally significant infrastructure. This means they would be decided by a planning inspector, rather than local authorities. [The proposal was overwhelmingly rejected in a consultation, results published in 2019.]

Could Liz Truss allow new drilling for oil and gas and still strengthen the UK’s net zero target? The Conversation asks whether Liz Truss can preserve the UK’s reputation for climate leadership.

Protests set to return to Lancashire if new Prime Minister drives through her plan to bring back fracking. The Blackpool Gazette reports that Lancashire anti-fracking campaigners have vowed to bring back the protests if the new Prime Minister pushes through her plans to resume fracking for gas.

Liz Truss claims Britain can ‘ride out the storm’ of energy crisis in debut speech as Prime Minister, The Scotsman reports Liz Truss promised to get Britain working again, cut taxes and drive reform.

Monday 5 September 2022

Liz Truss to be PM: Live reaction. DrillOrDrop report

More on Liz Truss and fracking: What Liz Truss has said about fracking, energy bills and cost of livingLancs Live; Fracking revival draws mixed response from industry analystsCity Am; Liz Truss talks up backing for renewables and fracking, preps energy price freeze planBusiness Green; Energy crisis lifeline: Truss primed to scrap red tape and end fracking ban ‘within days’Express; Fracking and North Sea exploration: What to expect from Liz Truss as PMENDS report; The Guardian view on Liz Truss’s victory: the UK needs less magical thinkingGuardian; Liz Truss shows little sign she is ready to meet big environmental challengesGuardian; Europe Could Solve Gas Supply Problem With Return To ShaleRigZone; Energy sector trade bodies discuss new Prime Minister Liz TrussEnergy Voice; IGas Energy, Egdon and UK Oil & Gas see share rise further as Liz Truss becomes PMProactive Investors

New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s Links to Climate Science Denial. DeSmog reports on Liz Truss’s ideological roots.

Ditch price cap for ‘free basic energy’ plan to help poorest, report says. The Guardian reports on work by the New Economics Foundation which has proposals for government to pay for gas and electricity use up to a limit.

Lords could amend energy bill to protect poorest households. The Guardian reports the government’s flagship energy bill will come before the House of Lords for a series of potential amendments on Monday that campaigners say could help protect the poorest households from the worst of soaring energy bills.

New PM urged to take action with gas prices tipped to surge following Nord Stream closure. Energy Voice reports comments by Nathan Piper, head of oil and gas research at Investec, who says there are indications that high gas prices are likely to be a “multi-year” challenge, rather than a spike.

‘Out of control’: Six in 10 manufacturers warn energy crisis threatens their business. Business Green reports on warnings by MakeUK, the UK manufacturer’s trade association, that the majority of firms are seeing spirally energy costs as a direct threat to their business.

Sunday 4 September 2022

Liz Truss’ and energy Cut red tape on fracking to secure energy security, Liz Truss urged – Telegraph; Truss team hold talks on freezing energy billsTimes; Liz Truss must apply her conservative philosophy to reform the energy marketTelegraph comment; Under Liz Truss, we’ll be careering into petrolhead politics while the world burnsGuardian comment; Insulate Britain weren’t mad after all — they were rightSunday Times comment; Sturgeon warns Truss could be a ‘disaster’Spectator; Liz Truss’s energy proposals ‘negligently wrong-headed’, SNP warnThe National

Saturday 3 September 2022

Put fracking sites on same fast track as nuclear power, demand MPs. The Telegraph reports on a letter to the paper form Conservative MPs and Peers that potential fracking sites should be fast-tracked through the planning system.

PM Liz ‘to ditch ban on fracking in days’. The Mail reports that Liz Truss will lift the ban on fracking “within days” if she becomes prime minister.

UK fuel poverty to hit 12mn homes without ‘immediate’ action. The FT reports that the number of UK households in fuel poverty will more than double in January unless action is taken.

UK law makes it ‘nearly impossible’ to challenge new oil developments. Energy Voice reports on comments by Dr Daria Shapovolova at a Westminster energy event. She said “We seem to be stuck” when it comes to regulation for integrating climate and energy governance.

Survation polling on energy – 4% support fracking. Polling by Survation, carried out on 31 August, found only 4% of people supported fracking, compared with 74% for solar, 69% for offshore wind and 63% for onshore wind and tidal. Reported by the Daily Mail and Business Green

Friday 2 September 2022

UK fracking: a decade of broken promises, earthquakes and no gas. DrillOrDrop review of the UK shale gas record

Updated: Climate protester leaves pipeline site after High Court judge issues a warrant for his arrest. DrillOrDrop report

Thursday 1 September 2022

Esso to ask court to commit climate activist over pipeline protest. DrillOrDrop report

Ex-BP boss Lord Browne calls for calm on North Sea protests. Energy Voice reports on an interview with the former BP chief executive who warned the industry of its impact on the climate 25 years ago but now says rising calls to cease new oil and gas in the North Sea should be tempered amid a need for homegrown supply.

Comprehensive evidence implies a higher social cost of CO2. Nature reports that the social cost of CO2 – the value of damages to society for every incremental tonne of CO2 emissions – is 3.6 times higher than the US government’s current value.

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  1. Oh arn’t the anti fracking mob simplistic . We all support getting out of fossile fuels but it takes time to do so . In the meantime ceasing to source energy exploration in the UK does not help reduce polution at all, it is the same (perhaps even more ) when it is mined in another country. It can also cost 300 tons per day in transport costs just to get gas from abroad . Some of the countries it is mined in do not have such stringent regulation , perhaps, as the UK so we can guarentee locally sourced gas is recovered by methods which are as good as it gets . I admt that mankind is probably hastening global warming but there is not such thing as an optimum temperature on Earth, there never has been , and ocean levels have risen and declined and ince ages have come and gone throughout Earth’s and so sooner or later these extremes will happen again . There is one SciFi theory that it may be possible to sprinkle crystals in space around the Earth that would reflect some of the sun’s rays, but the theory has not been tested . Regardless of theory, one certain way to kill a lots of people in the Northern hemisphere, this winter is to reduce their access to heating . So until renewables are able to fully take over we need fossil fuels

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