29th May 2014 The renewable energy company, Ecotricity, has agreed to fund legal action by a group of Balcombe residents campaigning against Cuadrilla’s oil exploration operation in the village.
Investigative journalist and environmental writer. Specialising in UK onshore oil and gas, fracking and the reaction to it.
27th May 2014 A new group promoting a national debate about fracking has published details of its first events. We Need to Talk About Fracking is seeking definitive answers to the key questions about hydraulic fracturing and extreme extraction. It says it will address the facts and balance […]
Oil bonanza or shale fail? Reaction to the British Geological Survey report on oil and gas in the Weald
26th May 2014 “So much for Britain’s fracking revolution” said the Daily Mail in response to last week’s report on oil and gas potential in southern England. Usually a supporter of the government’s push for fracking, the paper headed its story: How the oil field found beneath The Weald […]
Government plans change to trespass rules to help fracking companies – and announces more compensation
23rd May 2014 The Government has published proposals to change the trespass laws, making access easier for fracking companies. It also announced a new compensation scheme for people affected by shale gas developments
Weald shale oil could be a “difficult play” for fracking industry – and there’s no shale gas, report finds
23rd May 2014 There could be up to 8 billion barrels of oil under the Weald in southern England, according to a report out today. But it may be difficult to extract – and there’s unlikely to be any shale gas.
23rd May 2014 The British Geological Survey has published its report on the Weald shale report. The report, commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), says the range of shale oil in place is estimated to be between 2.20 and 8.57 billion barrels (bbl) or 293 and […]
Pro-fracking UKIP predicted to top Euro election poll – but anti-fracking Greens see surge in support
22nd May 20014 The latest opinion survey suggests UKIP will top the polls in Britain in today’s elections to the European Parliament. Research by YouGov conducted last night predicted that UKIP, the strongly pro-fracking party, would win 27% of the vote, giving it 21-23 seats. The party currently […]
21st May 2014 The latest opinion poll on fracking confirms women are far more likely than men to oppose the technique – just as the head of the UK’s leading fracking company urges the industry to win women’s confidence.
20th May 2014 The British shale industry was warned yesterday to learn from Australia and to not rush into fracking without a proper public debate.
19th May 2014 A new opinion poll has found that people are much more likely to oppose fracking in their own back yards – and especially under it.