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Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

Cuadrilla fracking delays over radioactive waste water

<b>Energy company Cuadrilla has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after issues with radioactive waste.</b><p>Fracking produces large volumes of water contaminated with low level naturally-occurring radiation.<p>The Environment Agency (EA) said it would not grant a radioactive substances …

Fracking is depleting water supplies in America's driest areas, report shows

America's oil and gas rush is depleting water supplies in the driest and most drought-prone areas of the country, from Texas to California, new research has found.<p>Of the nearly 40,000 oil and gas wells drilled since 2011, three-quarters were located in areas where water is scarce, and 55% were in …

If fracking is to happen in the UK, let it benefit the whole country

Fracking will involve a) industrialising the countryside, b) the risk of various forms of pollution to air, water and the natural environment, c) an excuse for a delay in the decarbonisation of electricity. It might, possibly, provide a) a secure source of energy for a generation, b) tax revenues, …

Osborne: Fracking may not slash household energy bills

<b>Large-scale fracking in the UK is not likely to lead to big reductions in household gas bills, Chancellor George Osborne has said.</b><p>Extracting shale gas would boost tax receipts and aid the UK economy, Mr Osborne said.<p>But he played down expectations that consumers would see big reductions in prices …

Sussex landowners mount 'legal blockade' against fracking

<b>Landowners in the Sussex Downs National Park are mounting a "legal blockade" to block a potential fracking site.</b><p>Solicitors for residents near Fernhurst, in West Sussex, have written to Celtique Energie and the Energy Secretary Ed Davey to explicitly deny permission to drill under their land .<p>It …

Ex-BP oil disaster and fracking executive to lead big government projects

A former oil executive criticised for his role in the BP refinery explosion, and whose last company was fined over 50 health and safety violations connected with fracking, has been appointed to lead the government's Major Projects Authority.<p>John Manzoni, who has worked in the oil industry for 30 …

Cuadrilla names fracking exploration sites in Lancashire

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1049000/1049836_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524709614_78062bb5359af60d2c0ddfd768c9de8d<p><b>Cuadrilla, one of the energy firms hoping to exploit the UK's shale gas resources, has announced two new exploration sites in Lancashire.</b><p>The …

EU-Kommission spricht sich für "Fracking" aus

Die EU-Kommission hat am Mittwoch ihre Klimaziele für das Jahr 2030 präsentiert. Anders als bei den Zielen für 2020 gibt es gibt es für die …

Opposing fracking is not extremism – it's our duty

The problem with the battle against climate change is not that "extremists" in the UK oppose fracking, or even that the government supports it ('Far-left extremists' accused of harming global warming fight, 21 January). The problem is that global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.<p>As …

Fracking explained: opportunity or danger

Proaction and the politics of fracking

David Cameron has argued that the UK should go "all out" for shale gas. As someone hearing this from atop the Barnett Shale in Texas, this makes me cringe. We've been going all out for fracking for years, and the results for local communities have been grim. In exchange for modest and fleeting tax …

Fracking Cuts Ohio Heat Costs

Ohioans are cranking up the heat this month as frigid weather sets in. On January 7, for example, Cleveland broke a cold-weather record that had …

Public support for fracking in Britain falls for a second time

David Cameron is losing the battle for public opinion over fracking for shale gas because of high-profile public protests against the controversial technique, polling suggests.<p>The latest results of a long-running survey on British attitudes towards shale gas, undertaken by YouGov and commissioned …

Is Fracking About to Arrive on Your Doorstep?

<b>No Pipe Dream</b><p><i>Crossposted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>For the past several years, I’ve been writing about what happens when big oil and gas corporations drill where people live. “Fracking” -- high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and methane from deep shale -- has become my beat. My …

U.S. Experimented With Nuclear Fracking

A few weeks ago, a reader wrote to me asking how we can be sure the government isn’t slyly getting rid of nuclear waste by injecting it into shale rock that’s been fracked for oil or gas. Jon Abel’s questions will seem far-fetched to some of you, worrisome to others, depending on how much you trust …

The truth about David Cameron's fracking fairytale

Davos tends to turn the hardest of heads. During the annual meetings, where businesses pay big bucks to rub shoulders with political leaders and thinkers, a contagious aura of smugness fills this Alpine valley like a fog, killing much sense of reality.<p>Politicians need a quick corridor story to sell …

Fracking firms 'should pay £6bn a year tax to compensate for climate change'

Shale frackers operating in Britain should be paying £6bn a year in taxes by the middle of the 2020s to compensate for the damage wreaked on the environment, according to a study from Cambridge University.<p>The government has made clear drillers such as Cuadrilla Resources and IGas should provide …

Council catch-22: say yes to fracking and save services, say no and lose them

To frack or not to frack? That is the difficult question now in the hands of local government. Worse, it has to be made with schoolyard bully Eric Pickles pinning councils against a wall with one arm pressed against their spines.<p>In the latest game of pass the buck, the coalition (which already …

Are you opposed to fracking? Then you might just be a terrorist

Over the last year, a mass of shocking evidence has emerged on the close ties between Western government spy agencies and giant energy companies, and their mutual interests in criminalising anti-fracking activists.<p>Activists tarred with the same brush<p>In late 2013, official documents obtained under …