This was a bumper week for parliamentary questions about fracking. Barry Gardiner, the shadow environment minister, asked the government 24 questions.They covered: Fracking in National Parks Environmental Impact Assessments Government powers to overturn planning applications Staffing at the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive Controlling methane emissions […]
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.
A quick reference guide to research studies on fracking and oil and gas extraction published during October and November 2014. Key issues include: Human rights of fracking Potential health impacts of shale exploration in Lancashire Impact of shale gas on the countryside Public attitudes Effect of environmental regulation […]
24th July 2014 Transcripts of this week’s parliamentary questions and statements on: Water use in fracking Ineos shale gas processing plans at Grangemouth With thanks to TheyWorkForYou.com
20th May 2014 The British shale industry was warned yesterday to learn from Australia and to not rush into fracking without a proper public debate.
19th May 2014 A new opinion poll has found that people are much more likely to oppose fracking in their own back yards – and especially under it.
The Guardian reported that Britain has defeated European Union attempts to set legally binding environmental regulations for the shale gas industry. According to the paper, David Cameron has led intense lobbying against the proposals, arguing that existing rules are strict enough to keep fracking safe and that new rules would delay investment and increase […]
On September 15th, the Lib Dem conference passed several motions on fracking. They were part of the party’s policy on transition to a zero carbon Britain. The motions on fracking (F10 4m and 4n) committed the party to: 4 (m) Limiting shale gas exploration until it has been shown […]
The government’s health advisor says emissions from fracking are likely to be a low risk to public health – providing operations are properly run and regulated. Public Health England says shale gas extraction has the potential to cause pollution to air, land and water. But current evidence indicates […]