Monthly Archives: May 2011

Another fracking earthquake

There has been a second earthquake in Blackpool, close to the site where Cuadrilla have recommenced their fracking activities. As a precaution they have again called a temporary halt to drilling. The previous earthquake, at the beginning of April, had … Continue reading

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Well, where are we going then?

While we wait for the outcome of the Senate reading of the proposed law to ban hydraulic fracturing in France, there is time to contemplate… What IS the future that we want? How ARE we going to produce the energy … Continue reading

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Shale Boom slowing down?

The Oil Depletion Analysis Centre (ODAC) has an interesting viewpoint on shale gas in this weeks ODAC newsletter Plans to revolutionise energy markets through shale gas fracking provoked mixed reactions this week. A study by scientists from Duke University (see … Continue reading

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Alternatives to water usage, such as fracturing with propane

In light of the proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in France, I have been doing some digging of my own to investigate what the alternatives may be for the gas industry. From the website un-naturalgas.org I came across this useful … Continue reading

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Fracking debate in France leading nowhere

As the assembly debates it ‘urgently’ It seems to me that the changes to the wording of the proposed law to now ban hydraulic fracturing as a technique rather than shale gas exploration/extraction as a whole is going to get … Continue reading

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Urgent please act – 9th May

Thanks to SchisteHappens for this information. Act Today! The government are starting to backtrack on what said they would do – that is put a stop to gaz de schiste. While this is no great surprise, they must be told … Continue reading

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Panel to set new standards for US gas extraction

In the New York Times of 6th May is a report about the Obama administration forming a panel of experts to form new standards for gas extraction, to find ways to make hydraulic fracturing safer and cleaner. Already the industry … Continue reading

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Wording of proposed law watered down

As I suspected, at the meeting on 4th May, the wording of the proposed law to ban fracking has been modified before the reading on 10th. The part about public consultation has been removed and other changes made. As I … Continue reading

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Can the fracking water be cleaned?

An article in Forbes is looking at ways to clean water that is recovered during fracking, so that it can be safely returned to the water supply. All well and good, but basically it just shows us that at the … Continue reading

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Bringing issues to the surface

That well blowout in Bradford County on April 19 has brought more than just contaminated water to the surface. The time it takes to get an expert response team on site in the event of an accident could be a … Continue reading

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