I’ve been in the natural gas business for over 25 years and follow recent events in Yorkshire with interest. Northern England may have, if we are allowed to look, a globally significant natural gas resource. Among other issues, it’s ironic how anti gas protestors insist onshore gas isn’t viable even as they fight tooth and nail against giving the industry giving them a chance to be proven right.
Even so, I am in total agreement with Friends of the Earth (FoE), Frack Free North Yorkshire and Frack Free Ryedale in viewing climate change as the greatest issue of our time – but not one that should be twisted to fight local natural gas. The evidence is clear: 97% of climate scientists agree human caused climate change is a physical fact.
The FoE often demonise the gas industry as faceless right wing cabal. I voted Remain this year and Sadiq Khan for Mayor of London. I support the truly progressive campaigns by the Friends of the Earth for bees and welcoming refugees. But I cannot, for the life of me, understand their opposition to onshore natural gas. Continue reading Yorkshire natural gas and global warming
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.
Oil and Gas resources in the UK belong to the Crown. This constitutional question recently escaped Frack Free Lancashire in a recent petition to the Queen. Continue reading Shale Gas and Democracy
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.
Continue reading Shale gas and health.
Long term readers, and it’s getting to so long term here at No Hot Air/Reimaginegas that several must have passed to the big pipeline in the sky, will know how there is a special wound on my heart marked Gaz de Schiste: French shale gas.
Contemporaneously with the UK, which seems to be finally stirring, the debate will inevitably evolve in France. There is a particular French term “La Rentrée” which signifies not only the return to school, but to business and cultural life in general. It will be an especially political one this year in the primary campaigns to get candidates this year, and the first and second rounds of the Presidential Election in April and May. Continue reading In France, La Rentrée du Gaz de schiste. Shale Gas: The Return
I never expected to convince many people via my two recent appearances on RT TV’s Keiser Report and I wasn’t disappointed. (I’m in the second half of these segments). Max told me afterwards that I was “A good representative for your industry, but you roll your eyes too much”. I replied “I’ve had years of practice”.
Continue reading The Keiser Report and Fracking: The view from the left
I’ll write more on my two slots on RT’s Max Keiser Report once both are on You Tube or broadcast by this weekend, but a number of questions revolved around the past of shale. At one point, I cited what so many in the UK debate don’t realise: “Grealy’s First Law of Shale: Anything over six weeks old is ancient history” Continue reading This year’s model. Let’s talk shale 2016 not 2009
It’s long been proposed by climate scientists worldwide and several US environmentalists that natural gas and renewables are natural partners. Yet the accepted wisdom, especially in the UK, is the complete opposite. Attempts to point it out have been met with various levels of scorn or derision by anti fracking (or pro High Carbon/Zero Tax natural gas) advocates. The few who have proposed the idea have been mocked and ridiculed as greenwashers by many groups who themselves are strong advocates of renewables. It’s an unfortunate meme that is long past its sell by date. The vast majority of environmental fears over fracking are not necessarily without a factual basis. But they are without a factual basis in recent years. Most fracktivists fight from objections based on the Gasland movie. Whether they are valid or not isn’t the issue. The issue is that Gasland was filmed in 2009.
Continue reading Natural Gas to Renewables: We need you. And you need us