UK Government overrules council to give go-ahead to fracking

Posted: October 8, 2016 by oldbrew in fracking, government, Shale gas
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Hydraulic fracturing wellhead  [image credit: Joshua Doubek / Wikipedia]

Hydraulic fracturing wellhead
[image credit: Joshua Doubek / Wikipedia]

Fracking permission takes a week in Texas but nine years in Britain, as the GWPF’s Dr Benny Peiser points out. Some objectors still claim the technique is unproven despite years of experience in the USA and elsewhere.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has upheld an appeal made by Cuadrilla in February against the decision by Lancashire County Council to refuse permission to carry out hydraulic fracturing at two sites in the region reports Utility Week.

In a letter to a lawyer representing the drilling company, Javid said it will be allowed to drill and then fracture four exploratory wells at its site on Preston New Road, subject to some conditions.

However, he said a decision on its application for another four wells at its Roseacre Wood site had been deferred. A report by the planning inspector had recommended that the Preston New Road application be approved but the Roseacre Wood application refused because of concerns over traffic.

Javid said he largely agreed with the findings of the report but had decided to allow more time for stakeholders to present evidence relating to the Roseacre Wood application. He said he would be “minded” to approve the application if “the highway safety issues identified by the inspector can be satisfactorily addressed”.

He added that Cuadrilla had demonstrated that “all material, social, economic or environmental impacts” would be “reduced to an acceptable level”, and that the sites would “represent a positive contribution towards the reduction of carbon”.

Full report: Utility Week – Government overrules council to give go-ahead to fracking

From the GWPF:
Responding to the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities Sajid Javid, the GWPF’s director Dr Benny Peiser said:

“Britain may be sitting on a huge gold mine of cheap, abundant and comparatively clean energy that could supply the UK’s energy needs for a century or more. It’s high time to find out how much there is.”

“In Texas, it takes a week to get a permission for hydraulic fracturing of shale. In Britain, the wait has been going on for a whopping nine years. In 2007, Cuadrilla was granted a licence for shale gas exploration in Lancashire. Nine years later, not a single cubic foot of gas has been extracted. Hopefully, this Kafkaesque procrastination will now come to an end.”


  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘So what effect does fracking have? Essentially a fracking site will experience disturbance for about forty weeks after which it will revert to a simple well head.’

    Whereas wind turbines tower over the environment creating noise and disturbance for people and wildlife for decades.

  2. AlecM says:

    We need a few major power cuts to inform the public of the futility of just windmills. This may happen fairly soon.

  3. Don Keiller says:

    I’m rather hoping what happened in South Australia happens here- and soon.

  4. AlecM says:

    It’s close: In early May and mid September, the NGC had to pay massive prices for spot power. On Sept. 14th it was £999/MWhr, rather more than was offered in SA.

    A report was also published recently which pointed out to policy makers that a key UK problem is, like SA, the inter-connector power. The NGC uses this as a profit centre thus further inhibiting UK despatchable power generation. This winter, expected to be like 1962-63 will mean we lose 3 GW as central Europe freezes hard and their wind power also collapses.

    That guarantees rolling power cuts because we have reached the limit of load shedding at times of peak demand.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Blog: How do we deliver new investment in gas?

    The author writes:
    It’s been clear for some time that many of the UK’s older coal and gas stations would close by the early 2020s and would need to be replaced by, amongst other things, new gas fired capacity.

    Yet the UK has built just one large-scale gas fired power station since 2012 – and given the time it typically takes to deliver new capacity it is unlikely we will see any more before the end of the decade.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Lancashire County Council will face a bill for costs in excess of £330,000 over the planning battle for two bids to frack on the Fylde.

    A spokesman confirmed Cuadrilla has been granted costs relating to the council’s refusal of permission to install a monitoring array near the Preston New Road site.

    But the total could rise further depending on the final outcome of the application to frack at the Roseacre site. [Gov’t. decision postponed]

    Another win for the lawyers. LCC would know going against the official advice was risky.
    Maybe other councils will think twice before doing the same.

  7. Don Keiller says:

    Oldbrew- thanks for posting this.
    Unfortunately it will be the taxpayers who cough up and not the supine and idiotic councillors

  8. oldbrew says:

    Don K – They might get their money back from the frackers 🙂

    Local people to get cash payments from fracking

    …in which case legal challenges could be a no-lose option, unless frackers say the money only gets paid to those who don’t take them to court 😐

  9. thefordprefect says:

    So the people vote no fracking
    so the council agree no fracking

    So the government says you have no rights in this there will be fracking

    sounds a bit totalitarian to me

    democracy – I don’t think so

    No blame has been apportions by the company that should know in SA.

    It should be understood that ALL generators that use rotating machines to generate power at the correct frequency CANNOT link to an unstable grid. Rather than risk machinery they disconnect.

    However some wind turbines E.G. Enercon use electronic connections to the grid and these can supply power to a black network and help recovery.

    “Staying connected when grid problems occur
    Most transmission networks and ever more distribution grids require wind energy converters to remain connected to the grid in the event of grid short circuits. Like conventional power plants, wind turbines are not allowed to suddenly disconnect from the grid during voltage dips or overvoltage caused by grid problems. ENERCON wind turbines with the optional ENERCON UVRT feature have this capacity. No matter what type of short circuit occurs, ENERCON wind turbines can ‘ride through’ faults for several seconds, even if they were operating at rated power before the fault. This is also possible if the wind turbine voltage completely breaks down as a result of a power system failure. These outstanding power plant properties have been certified by independent institutes during actual grid fault testing. Flexible setting options offer maximum performance according to the respective grid operator’s specifications or to the project’s framework conditions.
    Depending on the selected parameters, the wind turbine can feed in either mainly active or reactive power to maintain grid voltage. If necessary, voltage-dependent reactive current can even be supplied to the grid; this current can be maximum rated current as stipulated by the latest German grid code. If desired or required, fault ride-through is also possible without power feed-in. The ENERCON wind turbine remains in operation during the fault. After the grid problem has been resolved and grid voltage has been restored, the wind turbine can immediately resume power feed-in. Thus the ENERCON Undervoltage Ride-Through feature facilitates adaptable settings in order to meet grid standards (e. g. of the German
    Association of Energy and Water Industries) and to maximise the amount of installable wind farm power”

    Whats more is enrcon do not use neodymium magnets!

  10. ren says:

    There is now very strong ionization of the atmosphere. The strongest where there is less ozone.
    Strong pressure anomalies over the polar circle. Weak solar wind.

  11. ren says:

    Counts neutrons in Oulu reaches the level of 2007.

  12. michael hart says:

    “thefordprefect says:
    October 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    So the people vote no fracking”

    When did that happen? I still have many close relatives living in the area (my maternal grandparents lived at the epicentre) and they have never mentioned anything about a local referendum on fracking.

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  14. hunter says:

    The fordprefect confuses green rent seeking with democracy, and votes by groups that have been manipulated by green lies with informed policy.

  15. oldbrew says:

    Thefordprefect forgets that his ‘no democracy’ argument applies equally well to wind turbines.

  16. oldbrew says:

    Paul Homewood’s site reports:
    Hillary Clinton has confirmed what green activists have long indignantly denied: the big money behind many anti-fracking campaigns comes from Putin’s Russia.

    She admitted this in a private speech on June 18, 2014 which has just been published on Wikileaks.