Like all good insurrections, the opposition to “fracking” in Sherwood Forest risks snowballing and damaging everyone else unless some facts are allowed to enter the debate.
Facts certainly aren’t intruding into this story from the local paper. What could then happen is that, like the original Telegraph story, these “alternative facts” become viral. A local newspaper reporter, perhaps earning as little as £12 a year, writes a story essentially dictated to her by Guy Shrubsole of Friends of the Earth. Other reporters worldwide will find it via Google and embellish it for their local story, producing a digital palimpsest mirroring the medieval tone of the story. Result: anti fracking activists invigorate themselves as participants in a mythic battle.
Continue reading Robin Hood in reverse: Sherwood Forest “fracking” opponents rob from the poor to give to the rich.
Setting aside any politics, there are four good reasons to focus on the security of UK natural gas supply
Continue reading UK Security of Gas Supply: The little matter of distance
There’s some danger where the febrile atmosphere of US politics could run risks for the UK shale and climate debate. The US need some reality checks from both sides of the debate before their, and the UK’s, middle gets involved.
US fears from both sides are condensed here by Gregory Meyer, at the FT: Continue reading US energy is their problem, and the UK’s
One way for No Hot Air and our readers to feel old is recalling how I was described as a shale gas missionary in the pages of Petroleum Economist way back when it actually had pages in September 2010.
NICK GREALY has been causing a stir. A former consultant who has spent two decades in the energy sector, he’s on a one-man mission to persuade the world of the virtues of shale gas. He does it through a blog called No Hot Air.
It’s a platform for him, his views and his trumpeting of the unconventional gas revolution that has swept the US, and believes Grealy, will do the same elsewhere – if only people, especially in the UK Government, would wake up to reality.
Continue reading God’s Work: Shale and the Church of England
The attraction of UK onshore natural gas has always been location, location, location. If we are even allowed to explore for it, let alone possibly produce it, it is under a market that uses a lot of imports and will need a growing amount of them as we continue to install a new or upgraded heating system every 6 seconds of a 50 hour working week. All into a market steps away from a distribution system bought and paid for years ago, at a commodity price that has a basis over US Henry Hub permanently built in.
But throughout the debate we should have talked, footprint, footprint, footprint. Nothing else matters. The smallest footprint possible makes onshore gas (and oil) acceptable, achievable – and profitable. Yet the fundamental fear of journalists has been an outdated view of gas wells on every street corner. Continue reading Footprint, footprint, footprint. The mundane reality of natural gas
If natural gas can ever get to tell our part of the story in the energy and climate debate, we need to understand the three energy revolutions happening simultaneously this century. Only one is the ability of natural gas to be now so abundant that it can make a huge dent in coal, and thus carbon emissions world wide.
The second is often the only message we hear from the green claque and a media united in an eternal quest for a new and different narrative. The development surprised greens as much as gas. That’s the plunge in renewable costs, even if, as in Germany, it’s a complicated story and in some places it doesn’t stand up to close examination or more to the point, doesn’t produce a huge amount of carbon reduction. Yet.
Continue reading Three Energy Revolutions at Once: Renewables, Gas and Efficiency
The bizarre demonstrations in Lancashire, where protestors are trying to disrupt work at the Cuadrilla site on Preston New Road has bumbled along this week.
It’s absurd because the main fear of the residents is about traffic disruption impacting local residents. So the best way the allegedly local demonstrators show their displeasure is – to cause traffic disruption, What next? A free buffet to protest food waste?
Continue reading Pretzel Logic, The Lancashire Theatre of the Absurd and a falling out among fiends.
Some parts of the UK onshore industry go out of their way to assure local communities that they aren’t “fracking”. From the perspective of engineers and geologists, they’re not. Quite a few try and avoid the debate in this way such as UKOG in Southern Britain or Angus Energy’s latest project in Brockham
The Kimmeridge has the potential to really move the needle, for this was the source for all the excitement at nearby Horse Hill, which flowed at a better than expected 1,688 barrels a day.
Horse Hill and Brockham are thought to share many geological similarities.
Eagerly anticipated will be the results from three discrete layers within the Kimmeridge.
What the experts suspect is the Kimmeridge at Horse Hill is naturally fractured, allowing oil to accumulate, so that when accessed, it flows easily to surface under its own steam.
If this model holds up then there would be no need for fracking to release this hydrocarbon bounty.
Continue reading Norway and Russia: First they come for the frackers. Then they come for you.
The reverberations of the ASA ruling continue. Friends of the Earth still insist the ruling doesn’t mean anything, see this from Channel 4 News e.g or from 2:50 here on BBC Radio 4 Today .
The FoE intransigency meant a rare intervention from the ASA themselves: Continue reading Friends of the Earth: Charity or Company?
The “ticking off” of Friends of the Earth received today now means the opening, by them, of a new front on the anti fracking debate.
Donna Hume, a Friends of the Earth senior campaigner, said: “No ruling has been made against us. The ASA offered to drop the case without ruling after we confirmed that a particular leaflet was no longer being used.
“We continue to campaign against fracking because burning fossil fuels is dangerous for the climate. As well as that, the process of exploring for and extracting shale gas is inherently risky for the environment, this is why fracking is banned or put on hold in so many countries.”
Reality Check: Fracking is banned or put on hold in so many countries by using same tactics exposed today. Continue reading The Fracking Debate Gas Can Win: Climate