Encouraging fracking is unsafe and irresponsible, according to a new report, which concludes that the biggest health threat from shale gas is its contribution to global climate change.
This round-up looks at 30+ recent studies about fracking published since late October 2015. Please let us know if we’ve missed a report you think should be included. Click here to get in touch.
The past few weeks has seen the publication of a range of research on public attitudes to fracking, health implications, pollution issues and regulation, along with the competing roles of fossil fuels and renewables as energy sources.
A Europe-wide public attitude survey suggests people in Lancashire think shale gas will bring some of the benefits being promoted by the UK government. But they are also concerned about risks raised by fracking’s opponents.
Three Lancashire MPs – Mark Menzies, Mark Hendrick and Cat Smith – questioned ministers on key fracking issues this week. Read the transcripts of their questions, the government’s answers and other parliamentary business on: Steps to reduce seismic activity Monitoring of abandoned shale gas wells Flaring at shale […]
The government has finally released the full report on the impact of shale gas drilling on the rural economy – 11 months after first publishing a heavily redacted version. The full report, commissioned by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, details the negative impacts of shale […]
Councillors who will decide Cuadrilla’s fracking applications in Lancashire later this week have been sent a new report which says shale gas exploration is potentially a significant source of air, land and water pollution.
Government ministers were challenged on the impacts of fracking during questions in both the House of Commons and the Lords. The pro-fracking peer, Lord Lawson, accused Lancashire County Council of trying to block shale gas development by “turning down every single application for exploratory drilling?” The chair […]
There is evidence that both sides in the fracking debate fail to use science to support their arguments, according to new research among supporters and opponents of the technique. The study also concludes that the pro-fracking side relies on almost unlimited amounts of lobbying money, while the anti-frackers […]
Local authorities lack competence to deal with important issues in shale gas planning applications, according to a majority of respondents to a new survey.