God’s Work: Shale and the Church of England

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.

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Footprint, footprint, footprint. The mundane reality of natural gas

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  Yet the fundamental fear of journalists has been an outdated view of gas wells on every street corner.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

Three Energy Revolutions at Once: Renewables, Gas and Efficiency

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.

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Pretzel Logic, The Lancashire Theatre of the Absurd and a falling out among fiends.

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?

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Norway and Russia: First they come for the frackers. Then they come for you.

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.

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The Fracking Debate Gas Can Win: Climate

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

Sherwood Forest Fracking. The back story.

A new front in the war against fracking opened up this week when Guy Shrubsole of Friends of the Earth found an unlikely new ally in the right of centre UK Daily Telegraph’s Political Editor Christopher Hope with this story.  I would imagine  the Daily Telegraph doesn’t support Friends of the Earth in their refugee campaign or much else.FoE members are usually only slightly less rabid Remainers than I am, but the story shows how desperate FoE may become as they morph from a campaign to save the earth to simply one to save their jobs.

The back story of this sudden flourish first. This week Friends of the Earth will get told by the UK Advertising Standards Authority that their claims about fracking based on water contamination, house prices, and ashtma attacks that were used in an advertisement in the Sunday Times  are inaccurate. As part of the agreement, they will agree not to repeat them anywhere

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