Ineos are starting to realise that fracking is unworkable in the UK

MP Lee Rowley has criticised a company which wants to carry out fracking in north Derbyshire for complaining about ‘unworkable’ current planning policies.

Industry giant Ineos has been granted planning permission to explore for shale gas reserves in Marsh Lane, near Eckington. If successful, it could eventually lead to fracking at the site.

MP for north east Derbyshire, Lee Rowley, has supported residents of Marsh Lane and Eckington in their campaign against the plans.

“It’s a step in the right direction that even Ineos are starting to realise that fracking is unworkable in the UK,” Mr Rowley said. “I’ve long said that it won’t work in north east Derbyshire and, given the sheer scale of the number of wells that would be required, I don’t think it will work across the country as a whole.

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Methane leaks at a fracking site near Blackpool

Methane leaks at a fracking site near Blackpool have raised concerns about the capacity of the industry to produce gas without harming the environment.

Cuadrilla reported four spikes in methane above levels set by authorities since it began its controversial operation in October.

The largest event saw concentrations of the climate-warming gas rise to around 15 times higher than normal background levels.

Workers attempted to burn the gas as they released it from the well, but it failed to catch light and was released into the air.

Venting unburned methane at the site is banned by the Environment

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Guest Speaker Natalie Bennett

Monday 18th February, 7:30pm at Bolsover Assembly Hall is the next meeting for Bolsover Against Fracking.

Natalie will be giving a talk at Bolsover Assembly Rooms about the dangers of fracking. Elected leader of the Green Party from 2012 to 2016 she became interested in environmental issues when she obtained a degree in Agricultural Sciences.

She has contributed to The Guardian, Independent and Times newspapers. Natalie is committed to the abolition of fracking and speaks at meetings and rallies around the country.

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Geological Concerns Regarding Fracking Regulation

The UK system of regulation of fracking imposes a range of strict geological controls on operators – including seismic surveys, safe distances, seismic monitoring, a traffic light system, and barriers to fugitive migration. Experience and professional advice suggest however that each of these controls is
flawed e.g.

1. Seismic surveys are invariably incomplete and incapable of detecting small fault lines and minor vertical displacement which could lead to earthquakes.

2. The EA formula for calculating a safe distance between fracking propagation and fault lines is unduly optimistic and should be replaced by a minimum distance of at least 850 metres horizontally.

3. The sequence of events at both the Preese Hall and PNR sites implies inherent instability in the stress planes of the fault lines in the Bowland Field.

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Theresa May – The Clean Growth Strategy???

‘This Government is determined to leave our natural environment in a better condition than we found it. Clean growth is not an option, but a duty we owe to the next generation, and economic growth has to go hand-in-hand with greater protection for our forests and beaches, clean air and places of outstanding natural beauty.’
Theresa May
The Clean Growth Strategy
Leading the way to a low carbon future.

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The UK would have to build 6,100 wells

The UK would have to build 6,100 wells to replace just 50 per cent of gas imports between 2021 and 2035, a new study has found, casting doubt on Conservative calls for a US-style fracking “revolution” in the UK at the last general election.

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Increased Levels of Radon Correspond to Onset of Fracking

Increased Levels of Radon in Pennsylvania Homes Correspond to Onset of Fracking
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“One plausible explanation for elevated radon levels in people’s homes is the development of thousands of unconventional natural gas wells in Pennsylvania over the past 10 years,” says study leader Brian S. Schwartz, MD, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School.

“These findings worry us.” The disruptive process that brings gas to the surface can also bring
heavy metals and organic and radioactive materials such as radium-226, which decays into radon. Most indoor radon exposure has been linked to the diffusion of gas from soil. It is also found in well water, natural gas and ambient air

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