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 […]

Shale “incompatible” with UK climate change goals

Green groups have reacted with dismay to news today that the UK is likely to go ahead with shale gas extraction. A report given to DECC today recommends several measures to mitigate the risks of seismic tremors from hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, but some are warning the implications of allowing the process to go ahead […]

Frack on: shale gets go ahead, despite earthquake risk

The controversial shale gas industry has effectively been given the green light by the UK Government, despite warnings from an independent report which found that fracking, the process of extracting shale gas, was responsible for earthquakes in Blackpool last year. The government-backed panel is recommending a series of new, precautionary measures to the shale gas […]

Surprise shale find could produce twice the gas

A gas firm drilling in the North West of England says it could be sitting on double the amount of shale gas it had originally expected. IGas Energy believes it could find nearly ten trillion cubic feet of shale gas at its Ince Marshes site in Cheshire. IGas first stumbled upon the shale gas section in January […]

‘Fracking’ could bring UK 50,000 jobs, says former BP chief

Shale gas “fracking” could create 50,000 jobs and possibly reduce gas prices in the UK, the former CEO of BP has claimed in a newspaper interview. Lord Browne, now a director of shale gas company Cuadrilla Resources, said Lancashire could potentially become the centre for shale gas in Europe. Fracking involves a process of extracting […]

Protesters target Blackpool shale firm for second time

Environmental activists from Bristol broke into Cuadrilla Resources’ shale gas drilling site in Blackpool last week and attached themselves to equipment. It is the second time in a month the firm’s activity in the area has been targeted, with protesters storming another site in Blackpool at the beginning of November. A spokesperson said: “We have […]

Pennon buys Lancashire waste transportation firm

A subsidiary of water and waste-focused Pennon Group has bought Lancashire waste logistics firm JWS Churngold. Viridor Waste Management bought the firm, which transports waste from the Lancashire and Blackpool local authorities, for £14.25m.

Protestors storm Blackpool shale gas site

Protestors stormed the site of Cuadrilla’s shale gas drilling site in Blackpool and attached themselves to the machinery in the early hours of the morning yesterday. The incident pulls Cuadrilla into the media focus once again, after tremors in the surrounding area earlier this year sparked unease over the environmental effects of the hydraulic fracturing […]

‘Highly probable’ that shale drilling caused Blackpool tremors

A report into the tremors that hit Blackpool earlier this year suggests that it is “highly probable” that drilling for shale gas was the cause. Cuadrilla, the first company to explore shale gas in the UK, commissioned the report after two tremors near its drilling site took place. The firm recently announced there is a […]

Hendry drilled on shale gas

Energy Minister Charles Hendry has faced questions over the depths of shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ after a fellow MP’s constituents raised concerns over the impact of the controversial process. Ex-Shadow Energy Minister Huw Irranca-Davies (pictured) asked what the maximum depth of drilling operations and fracking for shale gas is in the […]