Academics, a gas industry representative, a climate change adviser, a peer and a regulator will be giving evidence to the parliamentary inquiry on the environmental risks of fracking. Our report on the inquiry
A government report quoted by ministers as reassurance that fracking is safe has been criticised as inadequate and its conclusions unsubstantiated and misleading.
The risks of fracking in the UK are to be investigating next year by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee.
Local authorities lack competence to deal with important issues in shale gas planning applications, according to a majority of respondents to a new survey.
The risks from fracking are compared to those from thalidomide, asbestos and tobacco in a study used as evidence for the annual report by the government’s chief scientific advisor.
The former minister, Norman Baker, will call tomorrow for a shift away from fracking and towards renwables.
Reaction to BBC fracking debate at Fernhurst – “wilful blindness to risk”; “disinformation and innuendo”; “beating climate change”
16th July 2014 Industry’s “systemic, wilful blindness to risk” Jeremy Leggett, green energy entrepreneur and chair of Solarcentury, the UK’s largest independent solar electric company, told BBC Sussex: “I have a lot of sympathy with the points being made in the debate. Look at the record of the […]
The shale industry needs to improve its engagement with the public, according to one of the UK’s leading environmental advisors. In a report published this week, the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) said there was a “disappointing degree of defensiveness” from people closely involved in […]
Regulation is not a “magic wand” that will prevent fracking accidents, the head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance told a debate on the sustainability of the industry last night. Michael Liebreich, speaking at the Green Alliance Annual Debate in London, said there would be accidents and anyone who […]
The No Fracking in Balcombe Society urged the government to abandon its support for fracking, following a ruling that the French Government ban can stay in place. The French state had been taken to court by the American oil and gas company, Scheupbach, which claimed the ban contravened the […]