Fracking row continues as UK shale gas drilling recommences

Posted: October 15, 2018 by oldbrew in Energy, News
Tags: , ,


Opponents seem to imagine there’s a magic button to press for extra energy when it’s dark and not windy, rather than use the reliable power of fuel-burning. But in the real world the UK already uses vast amounts of gas for heating, cooking, electricity generation, industrial processes and more.

Exploratory shale gas drilling will begin today in the UK for the first time in seven years, reports PEI.

However, already this morning protesters have tried to prevent shale gas firm Cuadrilla from recommencing ‘fracking’ at a site in Lancashire, England.

Operations at the site near Blackpool have been at the centre of a legal row for several years between Cuadrilla and opponents to shale gas, who claimed that drilling at the site was not safe because the process of hydraulic fracturing – the blasting of rocks with jets of water to release gas inside – caused seismic disruption.

But that row came to an end on Friday when a judge ruled that there was no reason why exploratory drilling could not start again.

Shale gas advocates say that any reserves found in Britain would reduce the current need for Britain to import gas from the Middle East and the US.

Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan said on Friday that he was “delighted to be starting our hydraulic fracturing operations. We are now commencing the final operational phase to evaluate the commercial potential for a new source of indigenous natural gas in Lancashire. If commercially recoverable, this will displace costly imported gas, with lower emissions, significant economic benefit and better security of energy supply for the UK.”

Continued here.

  1. MrGrimNasty says:

    The BBC, as ever, unbalanced reporting, to the point of effectively inciting more protests.

  2. oldbrew says:

    No tech exists that can take the place of fuel-burning as an efficient and reliable energy source on a worldwide scale – except unpopular nuclear possibly. Renewables are much too puny and unreliable for the job at the industrial scale.


  3. Phoenix44 says:

    Let’s be fair to a politician when they say something sensible as well. Claire Perry was quoted by the BBC as saying:

    “Those who speak so strongly of need to accept scientific evidence of climate change are happy to chuck the scientific evidence of the safety of shale gas exploration in the bin.”

    Quite right for once, and nice to see a politician standing up for consistency at least.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Fracking protesters freed from prison by appeal judges
    Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said the jail terms handed to three protesters over disruption at a Lancashire site were ‘manifestly excessive’.

    Press Association
    Last updated: 17 October 2018 – 1.10pm

    “In our judgment the appropriate sentence which should have been imposed on September 26 was a community order with a significant requirement of unpaid work.

    “But these appellants have been in prison for six weeks.

    “As a result, and only for that reason, we have concluded that the appropriate sentence now is a conditional discharge for two years.”

  5. dennisambler says:

    Would they protest if the drilling was to bury carbon dioxide, via the non-viable and foolishly futile CCS?