As the new prime minister takes office, one of the biggest immediate challenges will be the UK’s energy crisis, with soaring bills and the threat of rationing this winter. Some see onshore shale gas as part of the solution. But given shale’s record over the past decade, can […]
28/9/13 Planning permission expires Cuadrilla’s planning permission from West Sussex County Council to explore for hydrocarbons at Lower Stumble Farm, Balcombe, expires.
Even before the arrest yesterday of the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas – for illegally blocking the entry to the drilling site, along with other protesters – it was clear that any rational debate [about shale gas exploration] had been drowned out by a shrieking chorus of environmental […]
Who says it will? Michael Fallon, Minister for Energy and Business “The potential prize is huge: cheaper bills for everybody” (31/7/13) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/10213985/The-potential-prize-from-fracking-is-huge.html Prime Minister, David Cameron Fracking has “real potential to drive energy bills down”. (11/8/13) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10236664/We-cannot-afford-to-miss-out-on-shale-gas.html Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne “This is a major new energy source […]
23/8/13 Costs reach £2.3m Sussex Police says the cost of policing protests at Balcombe has risen to £2.3m and is likely to reach £3.7m. It says the cost of the six-day Reclaim the Power camp, which ended on Wednesday August 21st, were £1.5m, including help from ten other […]