Jim Ratcliffe: Government using ‘slippery’ manoeuvres to kill off British shale gas

Posted: February 5, 2019 by oldbrew in Critique, Energy, fracking, government
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Credit: mygridgb.co.uk

H/T The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)
Relying on interconnectors to get out of trouble when the wind isn’t blowing won’t be a good plan long-term, when most of Europe is pushing its own wind-dependent electricity plans forward. Nuclear and coal are largely fading out of the UK scene, so for industrial-scale reliable power it has to be gas or bust in the end, whether UK-sourced or not.

The chairman of Britain’s biggest private company has accused the government of using “slippery back door manoeuvres” to kill off fracking in the UK, reports City A.M.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire founder of Ineos, said the government is sticking to a plan which is “unworkable, unhelpful and playing politics with the country’s future”.

Ratcliffe hit out at a system which forces fracking to halt the moment minor seismic activity is detected around the site, saying it would prevent the UK from following the US’s booming shale market.

Britain’s limit of 0.5 points on the Richter scale is over 3,000 times lower than the 4.0 level in the US where just one well is producing more gas than the entire British North Sea.

“The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy seems to lack a basic understanding of the Richter Scale. It is a logarithmic scale. The limit within the United States is typically set at 4.0 – a level that the US Environmental Protection Agency feels is safe and will not lead to any damage to land, property or people,” Ratcliffe said.

“To put that into perspective, magnitude 4.0 is 3,162 times higher than 0.5 and 177,827 times stronger in terms of energy release.”

Continued here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    How about the megabucks alternative?

    Germany’s Power Grid Overhaul to Cost Billions More Than Expected
    By Brian Parkin
    4 February 2019, 15:16 GMT

    — Network cost may rise more than 50 percent to $59 billion
    — Upgrade needed as Merkel seeks 65% share for green power

    Germany’s plan for new power cable “autobahns” to take wind and solar energy from the north to the south of the country is set to cost billions more than envisaged.
    . . .
    Peter Altmaier, the Economy and Energy Minister, said last year that progress achieved in enhancing the grid was a “catastrophe.”


  2. hunter says:

    The ruling class obsession with huge windmills is interesting.
    They don’t work well. Nearly as impractical as the pyramids. They are environmentally destructive blight, eyesores visible for many miles.
    Yet the Eurocrats love them no matter how terrible they are.

  3. stpaulchuck says:

    I hope the quango gets it’s wish and installs tens of thousands of windmills across Europe with massive kickbacks, while shutting down coal and nuke power plants and impeding the construction of natgas plants.

    Then the wind stops.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  4. ivan says:

    Can that vibration requirement be applied to the construction and operation of their beloved windmills? Every time one of those giant blades passes the support pole that amount of minor seismic activity is detected around the site if they had sensitive enough equipment there to detect it.

    It appears we have a government department and a committee that are applying different standards to support one ‘industry’ and suppress another.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Upgrade needed as Merkel seeks 65% share for green power

    Let’s do the maths: 100 – 65 = 35

    So when the 65% isn’t available because it’s dark and not windy, the other 35% will have to run nearly flat out to make up half the deficit, no faults or maintenance allowed.

    Does not compute 😆 – unless they intend to build and maintain double what they need. €xpensive.

  6. hunter says:

    On low wind or high wind days, 200% of nothing is still nothing.
    But 200% of brobdingnagian bought us at least twice as bad…

  7. hunter says:

    *brobdingnagian blight is at least twice as bad.*
    How much industrial clutter of the world’s remaining open areas will finally satiate the climate change obsession?

  8. oldbrew says:

    UK fracking firm urges rise in quake level
    2 hours ago

    Cuadrilla: “All we ask now is that we are treated fairly, with comparable seismic and ground vibration levels to similar industries in Lancashire and elsewhere in the UK who are able to work safely but more effectively with significantly higher thresholds for seismicity and ground vibration,” said chief executive Officer Francis Egan.


  9. oldbrew says:

    SHAKING WITH FEAR Government accused of killing fracking by forcing drilling firms to suspend work over tiny tremors

    A group of 49 scientists urged ministers to urgently review the tremor limit which is comparable to bouncing a football

    By Greg Wilford
    11th February 2019, 1:26 amUpdated: 11th February 2019, 1:26 am

    Professor Quentin Fisher, of Leeds University, joined calls to loosen the current threshold in a letter published by The Times on Saturday.

    Yesterday he hit out against Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth for spreading “nonsense” claims about the industry.

    Prof Fisher told The Sun: “To me it’s totally killing the industry, I find it really difficult to imagine how it can go forward with such low limits.

    “The limits are just way below any other industry, both in the UK and equivalent industries abroad.

    “The levels at the moment can’t even be felt.”


  10. Stuart Brown says:

    The Sun. Strewth! The fact I’m in agreement with something in that ‘budgie cage liner’ rag makes me wonder. Does this benefit Rupert Murdoch in some way?