Cuadrilla halts fracking in Lancashire after tremor

It is the largest tremor recorded at the Preston New Road site so far

Blackpool Council applies to manage own water supply

Blackpool Council could become the first public sector organisation to manage its own water and sewerage supply, after applying for a licence from regulator Ofwat. If granted, the move will enable the council to manage its own retail services for more than 120 sites across the borough. It is estimated the move will achieve cost […]

Blackpool Tower to get water and energy efficiency upgrades

The owners of Blackpool Tower have launched a trial to cut down on how much water and electricity they use. Merlin Entertainments has appointed Minimise Solutions to complete a three-month water and energy efficiency review of the iconic site. As part of the trial, a real-time monitoring system has been linked to both water and […]

Defra HQ doors blocked by anti-frackers

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Blog: Is Granite City’s oil wealth skin deep?

Soaring through the sky hundreds of feet overhead, seagulls look tiny, sparrow-like – but don’t be fooled. Those cawing birds are bloody huge. And apparently they’re a major pest in Aberdeen, oil and gas capital of the nation. Entering a dingy hotel room in the greyest city in the British Isles (it’s not called Granite […]

Fallon spears Brit energy fears with oil and gas

A small island Britain may be – but its big energy needs are not to be scoffed at. How do you fuel a nation and its economy? That’s what keeps Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon busy and he seems to think the answer is oil and gas. Last week he visited bustling oil centre […]

Make Blackpool Europe’s shale gas centre says Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron promised to “keep the lights on” today and declared plans to make Blackpool a “centre” for shale gas. At the Conservative’s autumn conference in Manchester, the Tory leader said his was the “party of the future” and styled the Humber and Blackpool as centres for energy excellence. Mr Cameron said: “Think […]

Shale gas firm ramps up with Arup as environmental assessor

UK shale gas driller Cuadrilla Resources is ramping up its activity by appointing engineering firm Arup to run its Environmental Impact Assessments. Cuadrilla is one of two currently exploring in the UK (their drilling rig, pictured) and this marks a surge in development for the firm’s hopes in the UK as yesterday British Gas owner […]

US rally to raise awareness of fracking risks

Communities across the US are due to hold rallies next week to “shine light” on problems related to fracking. The event ‘Freedom from Toxic Fracking Waste: National Rally Day’ is expected to raise awareness of serious risks to public health and safety and links to earthquakes, spills, leaks and contamination. Fracking involves a process of […]

Activists chain themselves to fracking site with bike locks

Protestors chained themselves to a site in Chesterfield in the early hours of the morning in protest against the controversial hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ process used to extract shale gas. Twenty members of the group Frack Off targeted a site owned by PR Marriott, a contractor for shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources which is drilling […]