Weald oil drilling ‘will be fought’

Environmental campaigners have already pledged to fight any potential drilling for oil in the south east. Today’s announcement of the discovery of potentially 100 billion barrels of oil underneath Gatwick airport and the Weald of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, has prompted Friends of the Earth to predict developers will face a big public backlash. […]

Blog – They frack you up, your mum and dad

She could see me coming a mile off. The reporter with a cameraman in tow was in her sights. As I looked out over the tents, protestors and policemen outside Cuadrilla’s drilling site in Balcombe, the floaty dress-wearing, grey-haired woman took my arm. “I’ve got a GREAT story for you. See that boy over there? […]

Fukushima owner applies to restart other nuclear plant

The owner of Fukushima nuclear power plant wants to restart one of its other power stations. This week Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) announced it will “promptly apply” for permission to adapt its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station (pictured) to the new safety standards. It said safety measures at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa have been “stringently reviewed”, particularly to check […]

Heat wave causes power cuts and violent protests in India

A heat wave across most parts of north and western India has led to electricity cuts, water shortages and even violent protests against power firms. Reports claim angry residents in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh set fire to a fire station and held power company employees hostage for several hours. The power cuts left […]

Blog: Is it a case of Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay our energy bills?

For many, last week was a week of love, with Valentine’s Day arriving with its usual parade of cheap restaurant deals and single red roses. But for a few people (and doubtless many more out of the public eye) it was a week of anger. At what? The price of energy bills and spiralling fuel […]

Angry protests at Big Six profits

Protestors angry at Big Six profits took giant fake fuel bills to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in London over the weekend. Protest action also took place in Edinburgh as well as Nottingham and the London boroughs of Lewisham, Haringey, Hackney and Southwark over a weekend dubbed Stop the Great Fuel Robbery. The […]

Protestors unite in ‘Global Frackdown’

Campaigners around the world joined protests against using shale gas over the weekend in what was dubbed a ‘Global Frackdown’. The anti-fracking action took place at the Lib Dem conference in the UK, Brussels in Belgium, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in France’s capital city Paris, as well as Romania, Canada, the Czech […]

‘Polar bear’ activists arrested outside Gazprom HQ

Activists dressed up as polar bears were apparently arrested outside Gazprom HQ in Moscow yesterday. Greenpeace claims ten of its 20 members from five countries were arrested while trying to block the entrance to Russia’s state oil and gas firm building. They were protesting against the firm’s drilling activity in the Arctic Circle. Last month Greenpeace […]

Indian power cuts prompt protests

Power cuts lasting for up to eight hours in the Indian capital are said to have sparked protests in the nearby towns this week. There were reports of residents blocking traffic and burning tyres after weeks of power and water shortages, as New Delhi (pictured) faced temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celcius. While the […]

Japan’s nuclear restarts amid protest

A reactor at Japan’s Oi nuclear power plant restarted over the weekend amid what have been described as the largest protests seen in the country in half a decade, according to reports. It is the first reactor to come back online after a countrywide closure of plants in the wake of the devastating tsunami and […]