Opposition to fracking hardens in the Tory heartlands.

May 23, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Residents of Kent have reacted angrily to a government announcement that fracking companies will no longer need to ask permission before drilling beneath their homes.”
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UK government increases fracking compensation to average £0.8m.

May 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The amount of compensation made available to communities affected by fracking is to be increased in an attempt to counter opposition, the government is to say. The news comes as a report is due to be published estimating that several billion barrels of oil lie in shale rocks beneath southern England.”
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“Ministers signal start of the great oil rush”: Telegraph front-page.

May 22, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Telegraph: “Vast areas of southern England will on Friday be identified by the Government as targets for fracking, with ministers also announcing that energy companies will be allowed to frack under homes without owners’ permission.”
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Cuadrilla prepares next wave of UK fracking planning applications.

May 20, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “The UK’s most high profile shale gas developer, Cuadrilla Resources, announced on Monday that it is poised to submit planning applications for exploratory wells at its site in Lancashire, raising the prospect of a summer of protests against the controversial development.”
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British fracking support falls again, below 50% now, poll shows.

May 19, 2014 Climate, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Public support for fracking for shale gas in the UK has fallen below 50% for the first time, new polling suggests.”
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Did police criminalise first UK fracking protest to discourage later protest?

May 16, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Most of the people arrested during a summer of demonstrations against fracking in the village of Balcombe have been acquitted, leading to accusations that police tactics in a £4m operation criminalised peacefulprotest.”
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Eon handed record fine for mis-selling energy.

May 15, 2014 Coal, Gas 

FT: “Eon has been ordered to hand back £12m to customers after the UK energy regulator found the German supplier had breached rules against mis-selling.”
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UK National Grid targets corporate energy cuts to head off blackouts.

May 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

Guardian: “National grid is preparing to start talks over which future energy supplies could be cut off to some businesses between 4pm and 8pm in an attempt to head off a power crunch and blackouts this coming winter.”
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UK government announces another crippling policy reversal on solar PV.

May 13, 2014 Clean Energy 

PVTech: The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it is planning to remove support for solar under the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme from 1 April 2015.”
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Huge opposition to change in UK trespass law for fracking under homes.

May 6, 2014 Gas, Oil 

PA: “The government faces widespread opposition to plans to change trespass laws to allow shale gas companies to drill under homes without the owner’s permission, a poll has revealed.”
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“America’s fracking fantasy.”

May 1, 2014 Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Oil 
Jeremy Leggett column in Recharge magazine: “Neuroscientists have been enjoying an explosion of understanding of the human brain in recent years. Their research leads them to the view that we are “predictably irrational” in our thinking, individually and collectively.
This is a sobering analysis that most of us will immediately be inclined to reject, since another finding of neuroscience is that we tend to hate uncomfortable narratives. We much favour the comforting versions. Indeed, we are so predictably irrational that where a comforting narrative doesn’t exist, many of us tend to invent it. Let us test these thoughts by looking at developments in energy and world affairs in recent weeks. Russia has invaded Crimea.” Read more

UK’s DECC once again mulls risking solar defeat in jaws of victory.

April 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The department of energy and climate change (DECC) is set to announce a review into the level of support offered to large-scale solar through the Renewable Obligation scheme, with a number of industry figures bracing themselves for the news.”
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UK support for renewables remains unwaveringly high in DECC poll.

April 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Solar Power Portal: “The UK public has shown consistent support for renewable energy in the third of a series of opinion surveys published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).”
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Eight major UK renewable energy projects receive government backing.

April 23, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….Five of the schemes are offshore windfarms, which the Conservative party plans to back in its general election manifesto over cheaper but more controversial onshore wind power.”
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UK nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels.

April 20, 2014 Climate, Nuclear 

Guardian: “Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by theEnvironment Agency (EA).”
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UK MP cleared of anti-fracking protest charges.

April 17, 2014 Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, has been found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile anti-fracking protests.”
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Wind farms far more popular than fracking, UK poll suggests.

April 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

FT: “Britons would prefer to live near a wind farm over a “fracking” site by a majority of three to one, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.”
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“Britain is paying dearly for neglecting its nuclear waste”: Economist.

April 5, 2014 Nuclear 

Economist: “Swillingaround murky ponds in the oldest part of Sellafield, a nuclear research and reprocessing centre in Cumbria, is a soupy, radioactive sludge. For years boffins working on Britain’s first military and civil nuclear programmes abandoned spent fuel and other nastiness into the pools and tanks, which now grow decrepit.” Read more

Frackers to drill on old munitions site in UK.

April 4, 2014 Coal, Gas, Oil 

Guardian: “A leading fracking firm is to start drilling on the former site of a huge explosive factory, in a decision described as “beyond comprehension” by the local MP.”
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UK Conservative party plans to ban onshore wind farms, maybe dismantle.

April 4, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The Conservative party is planning to pledge in its manifesto for next year’s general election that it will introduce a moratorium on future onshore windfarms from 2020 on the grounds that they have now become “self-defeating”.”
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