Police Clear Way for Fracking at Balcombe

Posted: August 23, 2013 by tallbloke in alarmism, Legal, Shale gas



There were fewer than 100 protesters left tonight at a potential fracking site as they finally admitted defeat to the police. More than 1,200 activists had brought exploratory shale gas drilling to a halt on the edge of the village of Balcombe, West Sussex, at the weekend. But after officers from more than 10 police forces pushed back campaigners from the site’s entrance allowing lorries to enter on Monday, they left in their droves. –Ryan Kisiel, Daily Mail, 22 August 2013
Protesters against fracking risk worsening the plight of the five million households struggling to pay their energy bills, Britain’s official fuel poverty adviser has warned. Ministers have a “duty” to promote the extraction of shale gas because it has the potential to drive down the cost of energy, according to the chairman of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group. Derek Lickorish says that “the voice of the fuel poor has been lost in the current frenzy” at Balcombe, West Sussex, where the energy company Cuadrilla Resources has been targeted by anti-fracking protesters. –Tim Webb, The Times, 21 August 2013

One [green] group in Surrey set up to encourage sustainable living has come out in favour of exploration and fracking, the process which may have to be used in future to extract the oil and gas. Transition Dorking says it has surprised even itself. It supports community responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of energy. But it looked at the evidence and came to the conclusion producing fuel locally may be less damaging to the environment than importing fossil fuels. “There’s no reason why fracking, if it is properly regulated, should not be a perfectly normal part of oil industry operations,” said spokesman Nick Wright. –Sally Nancarrow, BBC News, 23 August 2013

Horsham Skeptics in the Pub held a public meeting on Monday August 12 where hydraulic fracturing, a controversial energy extraction technique, was discussed with several expert guest speakers at the Tanners Arms in Brighton Road. “Every community in the UK will have a view on whether they like it or not. There is no form of energy generation that is cost free for those who are affected. Everyone should know the pros and cons so a rational decision can be made,” Dr Peiser said. “We are sitting on cheap energy but we are going to the most expensive form of energy,” he explained. —West Sussex County Times, 20 August 2013

A handful of protesters have seemingly been allowed to threaten Britain’s entire energy future. What we are looking at here is nothing less than a new Battle of Britain — one which, if this overcrowded country is to survive as an industrial power, we simply can’t afford to lose. –Christopher Booker, Daily Mail, 20 August 2013

An unreleased draft of the U.N.’s next major climate report reportedly states that scientists are more certain than ever that man’s actions are warming the planet — even as the report struggles to explain a slow-down in warming that climate skeptics have seized upon. Global surface temperatures rose rapidly during the 70s, but have been relatively flat over the past decade and a half, according to data from the U.K.’s weather-watching Met Office. Climate skeptics have spent months debating the weather pattern, some citing it as evidence that global warming itself has decelerated or even stopped. “The absence of any significant change in the global annual average temperature over the past 16 years has become one of the most discussed topics in climate science,” wrote David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation in June. “It has certainly focused the debate about the relative importance of greenhouse gas forcing of the climate versus natural variability.” —Fox News, 20 August 2013

1) Balcombe Fracking Protesters Finally Give Up As Police Clears Way For Fracking –Daily Mail, 22 August 2013

2) UK Shale Battle Fracks Greens – Bishop Hill, 23 August 2013

3) Fracking Will Cut Energy Bills, Help Fuel Poor, Says Britain’s Poverty Chief – The Times, 21 August 2013

4) A Civilised Shale Debate In West Sussex – West Sussex County Times, 20 August 2013

5) Christopher Booker: We Simply Cannot Afford To Lose The Battle Over Shale – Daily Mail, 20 August 2013

6) Leaked IPCC Report Struggles With Global Temperature Standstill – Fox News, 20 August 2013

  1. Matt says:

    The media commentary is always focused on global warming models output, or global climate change, even when the discussion is in the local press. The debate would surely be more informed, and possibly very different, if the general public were more exposed by the media to the Central England ten year temperature trend and the trend data from UK sea level monitoring sites over the past 100 years. This UK data is rarely presented, as a contrast between the UK measured reality, for the UK Tax Payer, vs. the modeled global data.

    I suspect most of the UK public are not aware of the sacrifices they are being asked to make for a modeled future that does not model the impact on the UK, and for which UK observations indicate will be a very different future. maybe Transition Dorking should understand the impact on Dorking as well, as currently observed in the 10 year HadCet trend.

  2. catweazle666 says:

    Of course most of them have cleared off.

    It’s the music festival season.

  3. tallbloke says:

    Hopefully they made it to Leeds-Fest in time for the thunderstorm and deluge.

  4. Brian H says:

    Booker deplores the interference of the protesters et al. with resolving the “energy crisis”. Except that there is no such crisis other than the one which the greens themselves created. Which leads to the conclusion that they want to deprive the world of affordable energy, and maximize the damage that causes.

  5. George says:

    Fracking is the way forward