13th March 2014 The leader of West Sussex County Council should welcome a new campaign group, which held its first fundraising event last night. We need to talk about fracking is calling for a “genuinely independent, balanced and thorough public debate”. Last year, Louise Goldsmith twice asked the […]
Public Health England (PHE) has called for more controls on testing Cuadrilla’s oil exploration well at Balcombe to protect people from possible pollution threats. Responding to the company’s latest planning application, the organisation (established last year to protect and improve the nation’s health) recommended: Further checks on the […]
New Scientist magazine says the Balcombe area of West Sussex could be one of the best places to drill for onshore oil after a study of shale rock throughout England. The study’s leader, Alastair Fraser, of Imperial College London, told the magazine: “Our analysis highlights the Balcombe area […]
6th March 2014 Polls by a BBC TV programme and a regional newspaper both recorded a majority against fracking, but with very different margins.
Seismic surveying could have avoided Lancashire fracking earthquakes, leading geologist tells conference
5th March 2014 UK Shale conference report 4 Professor Peter Styles, one of the UK’s leading experts on seismicity, said the Blackpool earthquakes in 2011 might have been avoided if Cuadrilla had carried out 3d seismic surveys before it fracked.
5th March 2014 Shale UK conference report 3 Cuadrilla believes there could be over 330 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in its Lancashire licence area – 50 per cent more than an earlier estimate.
4th March 2014 Shale UK conference report 2 Fracking shale oil and gas in Britain will be technically and socially challenging, Professor Joe Cartwright, of Oxford University, told the Shale UK conference today. He was one of a series of speakers who spelled out the difficulties facing a UK […]
4th March 2014 Shale UK conference report 1 To recover 15 per cent of shale gas from the Upper Bowland Basin in Lancashire would need 33,000 wells on 5,500 pads, an industry conference heard today. The estimate by Andy Aplin, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum Development at Durham University, […]
3rd March 2014 1. Balcombe: end of public consultation approaches WSCC/005/14/BA application by Cuadrilla Balcombe Ltd There are 10 days left for people to respond to Cuadrilla’s application to flow test and monitor its oil exploration well at Lower Stumble. (The consultation period ends on 13th March 2014).
2nd March 2014 As the shale gas industry acknowledges that local antagonism may its biggest challenge, guest writer Paul Seaman looks at what drives opposition and how the companies respond. A recent survey on attitudes in oil and gas companies found that 55% of the industry believed local […]