2016 has shown that predicting anything, anywhere on politics is for the brave. I’ll be brave and assume that by next Thursday, October 6, the interminable planning permission saga in Lancashire will draw to an almost close. I say almost because Friends of the Earth in a suicidal attempt to squander members’ money better served defending the countryside, bees and the rights of refugees, will drag Cuadrilla or the council or the government into court, just as they have with Third Energy in Yorkshire. But with Third already having an accelerated hearing in late November on their application any delay promises to be minimal. Continue reading From Zero to Hero: UK Shale will prevail
Opponents of natural gas development often say the government should listen to the democratic argument. They should be careful what they wish for.
Sometime this month, the first ethane shipment from US shale is coming to the UK, ironically to Scotland to be used as feedstock at the Ineos Grangemouth facility.
It raises the same questions for the no shale anywhere school that have already arisen over imports of US shale oil and US LNG from shale already arrived in Spain and Portugal .US LNG will be headed to the UK and Belgium soon enough. It will be hard to propose no shale anywhere when it’s already lurking in the water heater. Continue reading Shale gas and filthy lucre
In all the (eight plus) years I’ve been writing here, alternately banging the drum and my head upon the desk for global shale gas, a consistent theme has been fracanomics, the idea that shale gas economics don’t actually work.
It’s one of several riffs in the same tune, the lyrics being composed in a key from the 2008 financial collapse. In the UK especially, we don’t do new, exciting or interesting and least of all “unconventional”. After all, it’s hard for “conventional wisdom ” to understand how shale natural gas production techniques were only first discovered as recently as 1998, when slick water hydraulic fracturing first emerged as a result of using less chemicals, not more as this from NPR recently revealed: Continue reading Running out of excuses. UK, and global, shale is inevitable.
Unlike most European shale experts, I’ve been to Pennsylvania and have lived to tell the tale. The following from Tom Shepstone of Natural Gas Now reminds us how for shale activists there are no borders. The Geisinger Study on shale health has of course made the news in the UK and France. Activists in Yorkshire think the one study outbalances the Public Health England or myriad UK studies. It is of course one study. No different than how people like the GWPF think one study disproves climate science. We should hold both to a higher level of proof.