30th July 2014 Ministers ignored the views of the vast majority of people and organisations who responded to the government consultation on new oil and gas drilling licences.
Celebrations as West Sussex refuses Celtique Energie drilling application for Wisborough Green and Kirdford – full report
22nd July 2014 Villagers from Wisborough and Green and Kirdford cheered as West Sussex County Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to reject plans by Celtique Energie to drill for oil near their homes.
22nd July 2014 Nine residents and landowners around a potential drilling site near Wisborough Green announced yesterday they had formed a “legal blockade” to prevent gas and oil exploration under their property.
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
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 […]
10/2/14 The American energy entrepreneur, Chris Wright, told the House of Lords last month (14/1/14) that Britain would need only 35 shale gas drilling rigs and 700 wells a year. Giving evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee investigation into shale gas, he said his figure was based on the […]
Transcripts of this week’s parliamentary questions on Drilling without consent, Alternative energy strategies to fracking Funding for the Environment Agency Flaring on shale gas sites With thanks to http://www.theyworkforyou.com 30/1/14 Question from Jim Cunningham (Coventry South, Labour) What is the Government’s policy towards permitting fracking operators to drill […]
An anti-fracking campaigner heard today (30/1/14) that his human right to freedom of speech through protesting did not give him a right to wilfully obstruct the police. Keyon Bayandor, 25, from Bristol, denied obstructing PC Michael Butler at the Balcombe protests on August 1st last year. But he […]
West Sussex County Council has said an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) would not be needed for Cuadrilla’s new proposals at Balcombe. The company’s planning application was published yesterday (23/1/14) on the West Sussex County Council website. The application is for temporary permission for flow testing and monitoring a lateral borehole, […]
A police officer monitoring the crowds at last summer’s Balcombe anti-fracking protests told a court this afternoon (22/1/14) how he was punched in the chest by a young woman demonstrator. PC Mario Ciaramella, usually based at Worthing Police Station, was giving evidence at the trial of three environmental […]