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Weasel words on fracking protest costs

Fracking police costs

The cost of policing the anti-fracking demonstrations at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire rose dramatically in October according to the latest information from Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire. In the period up to 31 August, prior to Third Energy starting work, policing had cost just £80,238.  This …

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Counting fracking chickens

Counting fracking chickens

The UK government is putting the final touches to the new national Shale Wealth Fund which is intended to share up to 10 percent of the profits from fracking among the communities affected. According to the Yorkshire Post: “The Shale Wealth Fund will see communities near ‘significant shale gas reserves’ …

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Helm review pours cold water on fracking

Fracking cold water

The big surprise in the Government’s Cost of Energy review by energy economist Dieter Helm is that fracking gets just one mention; and only then in a global rather than UK context: “Technological change within the energy sector is profound. Fracking and shale oil and shale gas have already changed …

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Peaceful protest hits fracking where it hurts most

Fracking police costs

According to figures released by  Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner the policing costs at just a single fracking well in Kirby Misperton added an additional £80,238 up to 31 August 2017.  However, once Third Energy’s operations began, the policing costs increased dramatically, adding a further £101,476 during …

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UK government backtracks on fracking

End of gas

UK government enthusiasm for hydraulically fractured shale gas looks to be waning fast.  The latest signs of this were picked up last week by Steve Topple in The Canary: “Campaigners are claiming that the arguments for fracking are ‘toppling like dominoes’ after the government appeared to backtrack not once, but twice …

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Fracking fears confirmed

Fracking subsidies

While most anti-fracking concerns centre on the potential environmental damage it can cause, and a few raise doubts around unsuitable geology and geography, the industry’s Achilles ’ heel is in the way that it is financed. In the UK, proponents of fracking reference the apparent economic miracle in the USA …

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Scotland to ban fracking

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Government is expected to announce an outright ban on fracking later this week according to Rob Edwards at Herald Scotland: “Ministers are putting the finishing touches to a permanent ban, replacing the moratorium they started in January 2015. This will spell the end of plans by the energy …

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Fracking “technological breakthrough” is theft

Fracking pads

Nobody doubts that the cost of US fracking has fallen since oil prices collapsed in June 2014.  However, there is considerable disagreement over the causes.  While critics point out that since 2014 wages and service costs have fallen dramatically, the fracking companies have been keen to claim that technological improvements …

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UK government delays fracking protections

Get off my land

The government has come in for criticism over fracking from an unexpected quarter this week.  The Country Landowners Association (CLA) – a membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales – has written to Energy Minister Richard Harrington MP, raising concerns about the lack …

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Tory power grab for Celtic shale

Fracking Scotland

Hidden in amongst the Tory ‘power grab’ that is the EU Withdrawal Bill is a clause that allows English ministers to take full control over fracking licenses and decisions in Scotland and Wales.  The change is just one of a raft of clauses that seek to neuter the devolved Scottish …

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