May 16
Exxon and Total have announced a partnership to explore for shale gas in Poland. see Bloomberg report. That will keep Total busy if they can’t explore in their Montelimar permit here in France.

April 22

Lots going on now and it’s hard for me to keep up!

Shale Gas in China – See the article in the Guardian of 21 April

Shale Gas in South Africa – the Karoo fights back; a moratorium has been imposed See BBC News story

Shale Gas in USA – Equipment failure leads to fracking fluid leak as reported by WNEP. There are moves to try to tighten regulations, but inevitably they are facing a big battle to get this one through.

Shale Gas in Poland – this is the country in Europe which is the most advanced and where the government is supportive of the exploitation, hoping to get into production by 2015 or earlier.

Shale Gas in the UK – Cuadrilla have started drilling near Blackpool. A slight delay caused by an earthquake, but we can expect more news from here soon.

Shale Gas in Canada – a mixed message here. Quebec has imposed a moratorium, but elsewhere exploitation continues.

I need to get up to speed with what is happening in Holland, Germany and other Eurozone countries. Do please send me links.

South America, India, Algeria; even if we can stop or delay the madness here in France, there is certainly going to be a proliferation of shale gas exploitation world wide. The gas industry has been doing a good job of lobbying governments and getting gas to be considered ‘green’. Its a sorry state of affairs that is really bad news for global warming and is going to seriously impact the effective development of renewable and sustainable energy.

We don’t believe them though. 75% of respondents to the Guardian poll this morning don’t think that shale gas is as green as the companies say. See the article here

Say NO to Shale Gas. It’s a short term bodge, not even a fix.

March 24

Total is hedging it’s bets: if it can’t drill in France, then at least it may get the go-ahead in China… and Uganda…..

Total to Start Gas Production Project in China
URL: http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=105379

PARIS (Dow Jones Newswires), March 23, 2011

Total with partner PetroChina will start a non-conventional gas production project in China, La Tribune newspaper reported, citing the French company’s Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie.

PetroChina will own 51% of the operation, located in Interior Mongolia, the newspaper said.

The project will require $2 billion in investment and is expected to start production in 2012 or 2013. Output will plateau at 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, La Tribune said. The reserves are estimated at 440 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Total also plans to open a second oil refinery in China, the newspaper said.

Separately, the French company’s CEO said Total won the rights to operate a field in Uganda.

No officials at Total were immediately available for comment


UK, 14th March 2011

A rather inconclusive report in The Telegraph today points out that Cuadrilla Resources want to start fracking the Bowland Shale near Blackpool this month.


If you haven’t yet, you should watch the trailer of GASLAND, the movie which is being shown to help bring people up to speed with the issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for gas.

An example of the kind of thing that can go wrong all too easily…. would you trust these people with your land, your livelihood, your children’s future?

Pennsylvania DEP Issues Violation Notice to Cabot Oil and Gas

Company Must Properly Clean Up Susquehanna County Gel Spill

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a notice of violation to Cabot Oil and Gas for two liquid gel spills last week at the company’s Heitsman natural gas well pad in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, which polluted a wetland and caused a fish kill in Stevens Creek….

The two spills last week totaled about 8,000 gallons and involved a liquid gel called LGC-35, which is mixed with water and serves as a lubricant in the well fracking process. About 4.9 gallons of LGC-35 are mixed with each 1,000 gallons of water. Cabot informed DEP that failed pipe connections caused both spills.

The wetland was flushed with water late last week to remove the gel, and the mixture was then pumped to on-site storage tanks. No remediation was required in Stevens Creek. Some soil excavation may be required, depending upon sample results.

Full story


Marcellus Shale gas drillers committed 1,435 violations in 2.5 years, report says

Published: Monday, August 02, 2010, 5:37 PM
Full story
underlying the Marcellus statistics is a “perverse incentive” for drilling companies to cut corners. A company that spends the time and money doing things the right way, “gets punished in the marketplace, unless the rules are out there and somebody’s minding the store.”



3 Responses to Elsewhere….

  1. bio1 says:

    I would like to draw your attention to a link that outlines how the “Manufactured Doubt Industry” has attempted to belittle and deny other issues of great importance: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1389

    The article talks about how the first major, successful massive attack on an issue was the tobacco industry in America. It goes on to list attacks on those opposed to use of asbestos due to its now well documented in causing cancer from even brief exposure to this product.

    The success of the tobacco industry to put off anti-smoking legislation for decades emboldened many other industries to do the same on a multiplicity of other issues.

    Reading about the history of the doubt industry will alert the concerned about gaz de schiste to the many methods are being used and will be used to belittle and diminish the environmental harm of the fracting method used in gas and oil exploration.



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