Media Reports

Most recently updated 18 November 2019
First published 6 August 2019

On this page you will find online links to numerous reports about fracking in the UK and elsewhere in the world and its effects on local communities and the environment; about the effects of fracking on human and livestock health; about climate change and the environment; about plastics pollution and its links to fracking; about renewable energy; about legal and planning decisions; about UK Government reports and associated Parliamentary matters; and about the murky history between the UK Government and fracking.

The aim of this page is to act as a digest of some of the reports and information which have been published on fracking and related topics. It does not claim to be a fully comprehensive and complete guide to all reports and data available, but hopefully it will provide useful information and possibly act as a starting point for you to carry out your own research. If you really need a comprehensive guide, you can find one on the Zotero website. There is also an extensive synopsis at the Counterbalance website. To follow stories about fracking from Scotland, there’s a great entry-level guide by The Ferret website.

Please note that the dates and sources for every report on this page are given due credit; other than this, CADAF accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any information or data contained therein. Older and earlier articles in particular may no longer be entirely accurate and reliable, as subsequent and more recent events may have overtaken them: in this context they should be viewed as providing more of a historical point of reference. Although a small number of the articles may contain or suggest a political view these would be the views of the authors themselves: CADAF as an organisation remains non-political.

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Fracking, Communities and the Environment

Introduction

Under Government rules, the responsibility for monitoring, policing and enforcing health, safety and environmental controls relating to fracking in the UK is delegated to three regulatory bodies: the Environment Agency, the Health & Safety Executive and the Oil & Gas Authority. Between them, they are required to ensure that all required and agreed conditions are met and maintained, and that working practices are carried out to the Government’s self-proclaimed “Gold Standard” regulatory levels, which they claim are the best and most stringent in the world.

You can find their “Mission Statements” below:

Environment Agency
“Environment Agency’s role in onshore oil and gas regulation”

Health & Safety Executive
“Health & Safety Executive’s role in regulating onshore shale gas & hydraulic fracturing”

Oil & Gas Authority
“Overview of OGA’s role in the licensing of exploration and development of England onshore oil and gas resources”

Now, here are the media reports:

Published 13 November 2019: Drill or Drop
“Aurora continues bid to frack near Formby – tremor risk ‘out of date'”

Published 12 November 2019: “The Conversation”
“Fracking in the UK was doomed a decade ago”

Published 5 November 2019: CNN Business (USA)
“Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy is drowning in debt”

Published 7 November 2019: Drill or Drop
“AJ Lucas raises funds for PNR frack site – and the prospect of 72 wells drilled from a single pad”

Published 4 November 2019: The Guardian
“Cuadrilla vows new data to overturn UK fracking Moratorium”

Published 2 November 2019: Drill or Drop
“Fracking Moratorium – Reaction”
Published 2 November 2019: Mail Online
BEIS Minister Andrea Leadsom on UK Moratorium on fracking, and responses
2 reports on reaction to the UK Moratorium on fracking announced 2 November 2019. See also items under the “Government Reports” section dated 2 & 4 November.

Published 23 October 2019: BBC News
“Is the future of fracking now in doubt?”

Published 18 October 2019: EcoWatch
“Fracking study shows toxic chemical exposure 2,000 ft from drilling sites”

Published 16 October 2019: BBC News
“Fylde Council calls for fracking ban on safety grounds”

Published 16 October 2019: Drill or Drop
“Does the Government have faith in fracking?”

Published 14 October 2019: The Guardian
“Indigenous Mapuche pay high price for Argentina’s fracking dream”

Published 10 October 2019: The Guardian
“Fires, explosions and toxic releases …”

Published 2 October 2019: The Revelator
“We’re just starting to learn how fracking harms wildlife”

Published 30 September 2019: BBC News
“Cuadrilla removes equipment from Lancashire site”

Published 30 September 2019: Drill or Drop
“No more UK fracking in 2019 as Cuadrilla runs out of time”

Published 26 September 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla sent office staff to check property damage from UK’s biggest fracking earth tremor”

Published 19 September 2019: Drill or Drop
“Methane spiked at 40+ times average levels during work on Third Energy gas site”

Published 18 September: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla fracking suspension to continue during investigation”

Published 12 September 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla fracked seven times before record-breaking tremor – official logs”

Published 11 September 2019: The Chemical Engineer
“Current European estimates likely underestimate fracking emissions”

Published 9 September 2019: Bloomberg
“Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study says”

Published 6 September 2019: Bloomberg
“Cuadrilla owners said to mull options including sale of company”

Published 5 September 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla warned over three more permit breaches at fracking site”

Published 3 September 2019: The Guardian
“Terrawatch: warnings fail to prevent UK fracking quakes”

Published 2 September 2019: Blackpool Gazette
“Fracking firm schedules visits to assess if earth tremor from its drill site damaged homes”

Published 1 September 2019: TalkFracking
“Shaken out of my complacency: fracking earthquakes on the Fylde coast”
One local resident’s view.

Published 29 August 2019: South Leeds Life
“Fracking waste water discharged into the River Aire”

Published 29 August 2019: Independent
“‘Does someone need to die?’ The families whose homes have turned into Britain’s earthquake zone – thanks to fracking”

Published 29 August 2019: iNews
“Fracking firm Cuadrilla’s transparency in question over how it ‘carefully selected’ experts”

Published 28 August 2019: The Guardian
“INEOS looks to US for fracking sites as UK options wane”

Published 28 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Record-breaking fracking tremor upgraded … as residents report damage”

Published 26 August 2019: Oil & Gas Authority statement
“Hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road suspended”
This is potentially highly significant in view of the statement that “Operations will remain suspended while the OGA gathers data from this and other recent seismic events and then considers carefully whether or not the hydraulic fracturing operations, mitigations and assumptions set out in the operator’s Hydraulic Fracture Plan continue to be appropriate to manage the risk of induced seismicity at the Preston New Road site.”

Published 26 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Anger as UK’s largest fracking tremor at 2.9 [magnitude] shakes Lancashire”

Published 25 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Fracking suspended after 2.9 [magnitude] tremor: Conservative MP calls for ban”

Published 24 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Tremors pause fracking again at Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas site”

Published 23 August 2019: i News
“Cuadrilla signs secret deal with geological agency to ‘destroy confidential documents'”

Published 21 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“1.6ML [local magnitude] earth tremor recorded at fracking site”

Published 20 August 2019: The Guardian
“UK shale gas reserves may be fraction [six times less] of what is claimed”

Published 20 August 2019: BBC News
“UK shale reserves may be smaller than previously estimated”

Published 19 August 2019: Maple Indie Media
6-minute video filmed at Preston New Road, Lancs, detailing Cuadrilla’s fracking-induced earth tremors on the day they happened.

Published 16 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Third Energy to ‘focus on conventional gas’ over fracking”

Published 15 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Fracking resumes at Preston New Road”

Published 15 August 2019: The London Economic
“Govt allows fracking to resume on same day research says it’s major source of greenhouse gas emissions”

Published 14 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Third Energy accused of seeking more time at Ryedale gas sites to prepare for fracking”

Published 11 August 2019: Residents Action on Fylde Fracking
“Another well failure for Cuadrilla”

Published 10 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla fails to fix well problem at Preston New Road fracking site”

Published 6 August 2019: Phys.Org
“‘Siberia is burning’: Russians choke on forest fire smog”

Published 5 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla surrenders permit for Roseacre Wood fracking site”

Published 3 August 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla to seek more time to drill and frack at Lancashire shale gas site”

Published 2 August 2019: DeSmog UK
“Fracking’s dirty water problem is getting much bigger”

Published 1 August 2019: The Guardian
“What should we do with radioactive nuclear waste?”
This report looks at suggestions that the UK Government might be considering storing radioactive waste from nuclear reactors deep underground in the not-too-distant future … in used and abandoned fracking wells, for example. That could be under people’s houses, then.

Published 30 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Regulator approves frack plan for second Lancashire gas well”

Published 26 July 2019: The Guardian
“European Investment Bank plans to cut all funding for fossil fuel projects by 2020”

Published 24 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Reshuffle: Leadsom to Business; Jenrick to Local Government”
Andrea Leadsom replaces Greg Clark as Minister for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; Robert Jenrick replaces James Brokenshire as Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government. To read what Leadsom thinks about fracking, see the article dated 24 March 2016, listed below. At the time of his appointment, Jenrick was an unknown quantity.

Published 23 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Boris Johnson on fracking and what campaign groups say he needs to do now”

Published 22 July 2019: Bloomberg
“Halliburton cuts 8% of North American jobs in frack slowdown”

Published 17 July 2019: Somerset Live
“Why energy firms have been told to ‘frack off’ from Somerset coast”

Published 16 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla seeks another rule change for fracking site”

Published 16 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Early morning return of Cuadrilla’s fracking equipment prompts local complaints”

Published 15 July 2019: Yorkshire Post
“Why the words ‘ban fracking’ will define the next election as environmentalists mobilise in Yorkshire”

Published 9 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Water monitoring at Cuadrilla’s fracking site missed key chemicals – Regulator”

Published 4 July 2019: Oilprice.com
“Shale industry has destroyed 80% of its value since 2008”

Published 3 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Onshore licence moves to production without drilling a successful well”

Published 23 June 2019: Desmogblog
“Former shale gas CEO says fracking revolution has been ‘a disaster’ for drillers, investors”

Published 19 June 2019: Talk Fracking
“Fracking unnecessary and illogical according to ex-Cuadrilla boss and BP chief, Lord Browne”

Published 17 June 2019: Common Dreams
“Because ‘this is a public health crisis’ Pennsylvania Gov urged to investigate link between fracking and childhood cancers”

Published 10 June 2019: Left Foot Forward
“‘Fracking in the UK doesn’t make much sense’ says former fracking company boss”

Published 5 June 2019: Common Dreams
“Not ‘freedom gas’ but ‘failure gas’: first-of-its-kind report details planetary perils of US fracking infrastructure boom”
A comment on the Food & Water Watch report (“Fracking endgame”) listed below

Published 4 June 2019: Food & Water Watch
“Fracking endgame: it’s literally us or the frackers”

Published 24 May 2019: GreenBiz
“The hidden relationship between the plastics industry and fracking in the US”

Published 22 May 2019: Dutch News website
“Groningen quake: gas taps must be turned off, top official says”

Published 21 May 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla breached permit over venting unburned methane at Lancashire frack site”

Published 11 May 2019: Drill or Drop
“Liability lottery of onshore decommissioning”

Published 8 May 2019: The Guardian
“We are hammering the last nail in the coffin of the fracking industry”

Published 2 May 2019: Drill or Drop
“No review of fracking tremor rules – minister”

Published 30 April 2019: Oilprice.com
“The beginning of the end for British shale gas”

Published 29 April 2019: Food & Water Watch
“On eve of EU-US energy forum, 200 groups on both sides of the Atlantic unite in opposition to climate-hostile LNG trade”

Published 4 April 2019: The Scotsman
“We need to leave the world’s fossil fuel in the ground”

Published 4 April 2019: Drill or Drop
“IGas sets out vision for back-to-back shale gas development”

Published 4 April 2019: Drill or Drop
“Fracking will struggle if it doesn’t solve landowner liability for clean-up”

Published 2 April 2019: The Nation [USA]
“What fracking has wrought. A broken nation: ecological devastation in the American heartland”

Published 1 April 2019: Drill or Drop
“Confidential records reveal limitations of Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking operation”

Published 1 April 2019: The Narwhal [British Columbia, Canada]
“8 major gaps in British Columbia’s knowledge about fracking”

Published 26 March 2019: Frackland
Report by Prof David Smythe: “Cuadrilla plumbs new depths of incompetence”

Published 24 March 2019: The Guardian
“Fracking plan ‘will release same CO2 as 300 million new cars'”

Published 22 March 2019: Drill or Drop
“‘Gold standard’ regulation of UK onshore oil and gas is a joke, says MEP”

Published 21 March 2019: The Narwhal [British Columbia, Canada]
“Fracking-induced earthquakes prompt call for buffer zones around Site C dam”

Published 1 March 2019: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla’s fracking site released climate-changing methane into the atmosphere”

Published 1 March 2019: Frackland
“Regulating fracking: response from Dr Jeremy Leggett and Prof David Smythe to geoscientists supportive of fracking”

Published 22 February 2019: Texas Observer
“A new study shows that the oil and gas industry is wasting a shocking quantity of natural gas in Texas”

Published 21 February 2019: Drill or Drop
“New poll findings: Government ignores public on fracking and should not relax tremor rules”

Published 11 February 2019: Drill or Drop
“Senior officials failed to give clear answers on decommissioning of fracking wells – MP”

Published 9 February 2019: Drill or Drop
“Will operators meet their drilling commitments and does it matter?”

Published 6 February 2019: Drill or Drop
“‘No plans to review fracking tremor rules’ – Regulator”

Published 4 February 2019: Drill or Drop
“UK fracking tremor rules ‘absurd and unworkable’, says INEOS – campaigners accuse company of ‘aggressive and misinformed attack'”

Published 4 February 2019: The Guardian
“The Guardian view on fracking: the end can’t come soon enough”

Published 4 February 2019: INEOS Shale website
“INEOS calls for Government to end ‘unworkable’ shale policy or end shale”

Published 27 January 2019: Frack Free Formby (Lancs)
“Geological concerns regarding fracking regulation”

Published 5 January 2019: Three Score Years And Ten, Harry Barnes’ Blog
“Key Coal Authority Information”

Published 4 January 2019: Drill or Drop
“Geologist warns of toxic risks from fracking the Bowland shale”

Published 31 December 2018: Drill or Drop
“What to watch in 2019”
Planning applications, permissions, licences, breaches of conditions and health & safety regulations … we all need to keep our eye on the ball

Published 21 December 2018: The Center for Public Integrity
“Death in the oilfields”

Published 21 December 2018: Drill or Drop
“Investigation reveals high failure rate for onshore oil & gas licences”

Published 18 December 2018: DeSmog UK
“Fracking in 2018: another year of pretending to make money”

Published 8 December 2018: Drill or Drop
“Frack Free United makes the case against hydraulic fracturing”

Published 4 December 2018: Brighton Energy CoOperative
“UK fracking makes no money and never will – here’s why”

Published 18 November 2018: Independent
“Government spending foreign aid money to promote fracking in China”

Published 14 November 2018: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla won’t publish daily reports about fracking site – but regulator releases details of methane emissions”

Published 2 November 2018: Steemit
“Oil and gas wells are radioactive”

Published 29 October 2018: Desmogblog
“Fracking company Cuadrilla breached environmental regulations seven times in 10 months”

Published 26 October 2018: The Guardian
“Energy Minister had private meeting with fracking firms in May”

Published 25 October 2018: Drill or Drop
“What does a red light mean for fracking?”

Published 24 October 2018: Novara Media
“A ban on fracking is common sense. Here’s why”

Published 23 October 2018: Independent
“Fracking chemicals found in animals living downstream from wastewater disposal sites”

Published 19 October 2018: Tinker Lane website
“Tinker Lane, drilling: what to expect”

Published 18 October 2018: Global Citizen
“Top climate scientist says UK fracking plans ‘ignore science'”

Published 10 October 2018: Independent
“From green activists to Tory MPs, why does everyone hate fracking so much?”

Published 6 October 2018: The Guardian
“The frackers are back: but will there ever be a British shale gas boom?”

Published 19 September 2018: Medical & Life Sciences News
“Interaction of chemical slurry and ancient shale in fracking wastewater causes radioactivity”

Published 17 September 2018: Drill or Drop
“Beauty spot oil well releases hundreds of tonnes of methane into the atmosphere”
This article refers to oil extraction by so-called “conventional” methods, but gives a scary reflection on what can happen when so-called “unconventional” methods are used to extract gas

Published 16 September 2018: Refracktion
“Infinite regression – busting the myth busting”
For a brilliant, comprehensive myth-buster, please go to the Frack Free Nottinghamshire site here and follow the Myths one-by-one using the sequential links at the bottom of each page

Published 3 September 2018: The Guardian
“Fracking is back in England – and only the Tories want it”

Published 30 August 2018: The Guardian
“How America’s ‘most reckless’ billionaire created the fracking boom”

Published 28 August 2018: Drill or Drop
“Interview: Planning for emergencies and accidents at oil and gas sites”

Published 27 August 2018: The Guardian
“Fall of the ‘Frack Master’: apostle who briefed Parliament lands in Texas jail”

Published 22 August 2018: The Guardian
“UK fracking push could fuel global plastics crisis, say campaigners”

Published 18 August 2018: Lion of Wise
“Report into concerns at Preston New Road – land issues”

Published 18 August 2018: PRI [Pennsylvania Radio]
“Fracking is on the rise in Pennsylvania. So are radon levels. Are the two connected?”

Published 16 August 2018: Drill or Drop
“Geologists challenge oil companies’ comments on Surrey earthquakes”

Published 16 August 2018: EcoWatch
“Fracking wastewater spikes 1,440% in half decade”

Published 14 August 2018: Drill or Drop
“Cuadrilla warned over another environmental breach at Lancashire fracking site”

Published 10 August 2018: Desmogblog
“The fracking industry is cannibalizing its own production, increasing spill risks”

Published 9 August 2018: Drill or Drop
“Shale gas villagers highlight threat to owls”

Published 2 August 2018: The Guardian
“Buried UK government report finds fracking increases air pollution”

Published 25 July 2018: Independent
“Government’s last minute approval of fracking an example of its profoundly dated thinking”

Published 9 July 2018: Forbes
“Can the UK government solve the shale challenge?”

Published 25 June 2018: The Guardian
“Blow to fracking firms as UK insists on financial checks”

Published 21 June 2018: Drill or Drop
“More calls to block fracking – over emergency plans, evidence review and legal challenge”

Published 11 June 2018: The Ferret
“Fracking violates human rights, says international tribunal”

Published 30 May 2018: YouTube 24-minute video
“Evidence emerges that Hawaii eruptions caused by fracking”

Published 24 May 2018: Climate Change News
“Other countries ‘highly unlikely’ to replicate US shale gas boom, says UN report”

Published 23 May 2018: YouTube 8-minute video
“Prof Peter Styles: Fracking & earthquakes – are we all in danger?”

Published 7 May 2018: NB Media Co-Op [New Brunswick, Canada]
“More than 1,000 new studies verify fracking causes serious health and environmental harm”

Published 2 May 2018: Food & Water Watch
“This land is our land: the fight to stop INEOS from fracking the UK”

Published 2 May 2018: Peter Styles, Prof Emeritus, Keele University, Staffs
“Fracking and historic coal mining: their relationship and should they coincide?”
43-page document

Published 24 April 2018: Energy Post
“The secret of the great American fracking bubble”

Published 13 April 2018: Drill or Drop
“Shale gas companies threaten legal challenge over minimum gap between homes and fracking sites”

Published 30 March 2018: Drill or Drop
“No government information on shale gas employment, flowback waste or treatment methods – Minister”

Published 29 March 2018: The Guardian
“David Cameron laments ‘painfully slow’ fracking progress in UK”
Compare his remarks about reliance on Russian gas with the true facts in the article dated 16 March 2018, listed below.

Published 24 March 2018: Drill or Drop
“The blueprint for fracking needs a rethink”

Published 21 March 2018: Red Pepper
“Exposing the economic lies behind the fracking hype”

Published 19 March 2018: Unearthed
“UK government says secret fracking report ‘could call into question the industry’s viability'”

Published 16 March 2018: Carbon Brief “Factcheck”
“Less than 1% of UK gas supplies come from Russia”

Published 7 March 2018: The Canary
“The government won’t comment on claims that it’s the ‘final nail’ in the coffin for a controversial fracking company”

March 2018: Under Currents
“Power Trip: Fracking in the UK”
Links to a full-length (63 mins) documentary about fracking resistence in Lancashire

Published 26 February 2018: The Guardian
“Fracking – the reality, the risks and what the future holds”

Published 22 February 2018: New Economics Foundation
“Why fracking is in big trouble”

Published 16 February 2018: Dutch News
“Dutch minister confirms ban on drilling, shale gas ‘not an option'”

Published 15 February 2018: Newcastle University Press Office
“UK fracking industry would need strict controls to minimise spill risk”

Published 14 February 2018: YouTube
“Fracking England”: 23-minute ITV documentary

Published 10 February 2018: Unearthed
“Secret UK fracking report lowers fracking expectations”

Published 23 January 2018: The Guardian
“Gas field earthquakes put Netherlands’ biggest firms on extraction notice”

Published 8 January 2018: National Geographic
“Oil and gas drilling is causing birds to have fewer chicks”

Published 15 December 2017: Peak Prosperity
“The great oil swindle”

Published (precise date unkown) December 2017: Research Gate
“Fear, loathing and shale gas. The introduction of fracking to the UK”

Published 21 November 2017: Food & Water Watch
“The awful environmental record of INEOS disqualifies fracking ambitions”
Click on the link “a new issue brief … etc” at the start of the 2nd para of the article to go to the full 27-page report. It’s quite horrifying.

Published 2 November 2017: Drill Or Drop
“Opposition to fracking at record high and support at lowest level ever”

Published 1 November 2017: E&E News
“Now it’s oilmen who say fracking could harm groundwater”

Published 21 September 2017: Drill Or Drop
“Why the Government must block fracking based on what we learned about regulation of the KM8 site”

Published 15 August 2017: EcoWatch
“Exxon, Shell censured for claiming natural gas is ‘cleanest’ fossil fuel”

Published 12 July 2017: The Independent
“Fracking can contaminate rivers and lakes with radioactive material, study finds”

Published 24 May 2017: Drill or Drop
“Government misled public and Parliament over shale gas carbon emissions”

Published 7 May 2017: Dr Ian Fairlie
“Comments on the November 2016 report ‘A Health Impact of Unconventional Oil and Gas in Scotland’ by Health Protection Scotland (HPS)”

Published 3 April 2017: The Guardian
“Fracking firm INEOS leads industry lobbying to avoid green tax”

Published February 2017: The Mobbs Report
“Whitehall’s ‘fracking’ science failure: How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain”
VERY SIGNIFICANT REPORT

Published 23 January 2017: Public Herald
“Hidden data suggests fracking created widespread systemic impact in Pennsylvania”

Published 18 November 2016: EcoWatch
“Groundbreaking study shows direct link between fracking and earthquakes”

Published 8 November 2016: The Independent
“Fracking is harmful to health, Scottish Government report says”

Published 25 September 2016: The Herald
“US fracking firm supplying gas to Scotland ‘trashed environment'”

Published 22 September 2016: New Scientist
“You can see fracking’s impact on Earth’s surface from space”

Published 25 August 2016: Desmog UK
“May’s government goes all out to sell fracking, but is the public buying it?”

Published 26 June 2016: EcoWatch
“4 [US] States struggling to manage radioactive fracking waste”

Published 24 May 2016: Another Angry Voice
“The fracking = lower energy bills myth”

Published 28 March 2016: Scientific American
“Drilling for earthquakes: scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react”

Published 24 March 2016: The House, Parliament’s Magazine
“Andrea Leadsom: ‘Don’t be browbeaten by fracking scaremongering'”

Published 10 January 2016: Independent
“Householders affected by floods face insurance double-whammy if they live nearby planned fracking sites”

Published 10 January 2016: The Guardian
“Fracking shakes the American west: ‘a millenium’s worth of earthquakes'”

Published 1 July 2015: Unearthed
“Declassified Government report describes shocking impacts of fracking on local communities”

Published 13 April 2015: Talk Fracking
“Cuadrilla is already poisoning Britain”

Published 1 April 2015: Huff Post
“How much longer can David Cameron continue to defend ‘going all out’ for shale?”

Published 16 March 2015: YouTube 45-minute video
“Fracking: shattered ground”
2012 documentary detailing the process of fracking and its harmful effects across North America.

Published 11 February 2015: Prezi
“Is fracking contributing to sinkoles?”

Published 17 October 2014: The Telegraph
“Fracking: the explosive truth”
Reveals that Government will allow firms to put “any substance” into the area they have fracked under homes and leave it there indefinitely.

Published 6 October 2014: RT News
“Frack and ruin: UK farmers fear financial devastation from shale drilling”

Published 25 March 2014: BBC News
“Orphan oil wells warning for fracking”

Published 14 December 2013: The Guardian
“Fracking hell: what it’s really like to live next to a shale gas well”
Includes a 10-minute video

Published 11 December 2013: The Guardian
“Taxpayers to pay for fracking pollution if companies go bust”

Published 23 August 2013: Ernst v EnCana Corporation (Canadian lawsuit)
“This video is why fracking should be made illegal”

Published 15 August 2013: No Fracking Way
“Fracking sinkholes”

Published 11 August 2013: The Guardian
“A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water. Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone dry and people thirsty”

 Published 2 August 2013: Red Pepper
“Balcombe: How Osborne’s fracking plans are re-energising the environmental movement”

Published 14 July 2013: Independent
“Now Cameron aide Lynton Crosby’s links to fracking industry are explored”

Published 12 March 2013: EcoWatch
“Fracking: What’s that smell?”

Published 6 December 2012: Natural Society [USA]
“Fracking linked to more tremors, sinkholes than media wants to admit”

Published 3 December 2012: Natural Society [USA]
“Why is the media ignoring the mass sinkholes popping up around the country?”

Undated, but copyrighted 2011: UK Groundwater Forum
“Raising awareness of groundwater: Shale gas exploitation”

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Health Effects

Re-published 19 August 2019: originally published 5 September 2016: Phys.org
“New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells”

Published 15 August 2019: Democracy Now
“Scientists warn microplastic pollution has gone airborne, threatening human health”

Published 5 August 2019: EcoWatch
“No evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health”

Published 30 July 2019: Geo Space
“Nutrient deficiencies in rice grown under higher carbon dioxide could elevate health risks for tens of millions”

Published 22 July 2019: EcoWatch
“Babies born near oil and gas wells are 40 to 70% more likely to have congenital heart defects, new study shows”

Published 18 July 2019: Science Daily
“Greater prevalence of congenital heart disease in high-intensity oil and gas areas”

Published 10 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Health professionals urge PM to ‘secure her green legacy by banning fracking'”

Published 9 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Water monitoring at Cuadrilla’s fracking site missed key chemicals – Regulator”

Published 20 June 2019: EcoWatch
“Total ban on fracking urged by health experts: 1,500 studies showed ‘damning’ evidence of threaths to public health, environment”

Published 20 June 2019: Environmental Health News [USA]
“‘No evidence’ that fracking can be done without threatening human health”

Published 17 June 2019: Common Dreams
“Because ‘this is a public health crisis’ Pennsylvania Gov urged to investigate link between fracking and childhood cancers”

Published 23 May 2019: Medical Express
“Trace metal exposure among pregnant women living near fracking wells in Canada”

Published 5 March 2019: Desmogblog
“New warnings on plastic’s health risks as fracking industry promotes new ‘plastics belt’ build-out”

Published 4 January 2019: Drill or Drop
“Geologist warns of toxic risks from fracking the Bowland shale”

Published 21 December 2018: The Center for Public Integrity
“Death in the oilfields”

Published December 2018: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment – Quebec
“Hydraulic fracturing, fossil fuels and health concerns”
For authentication of this unheaded article, please go to this page and scroll down to “CAPE resources”

Published 2 November 2018: Steemit
“Oil and gas wells are radioactive”

Published 28 September 2018: YouTube 30-minute video
“Dr Ian Fairlie: Radioactive dangers of fracking”

Published 19 September 2018: Medical & Life Sciences News
“Interaction of chemical slurry and ancient shale in fracking wastewater causes radioactivity”

Published 28 August 2018: Drill or Drop
“Interview: Planning for emergencies and accidents at oil and gas sites”

Published 23 August 2018: Environmental Health News [USA]
“Fracking in Pennsylvania is too close to residents for safety”

Published 14 August 2018: Drill or Drop
“Health experts add to calls for investigation into impacts of fracking”

Published 9 August 2018: Talk Fracking
“Doctors call for UK fracking moratorium in wake of hidden air pollution report”
See also report below, 2/8/2018

Published 2 August 2018: The Guardian
“Buried UK government report finds fracking increases air pollution”
See also report above, 9/8/2018

Published 7 May 2018: NB Media Co-Op [New Brunswick, Canada]
“More than 1,000 new studies verify fracking causes serious health and environmental harm”

Published 16 April 2018: The Ferret
“Fracking gas pipeline ‘a clear and present danger to life'”

Published 13 April 2018: Drill or Drop
“Shale gas companies threaten legal challenge over minimum gap between homes and fracking sites”

Published February 2018: 13-minute video on Vimeo
“The impact of unconventional gas on the human right to health”

Published 13 December 2017: Science Magazine
“Fracking linked to low-weight babies”
See also report below, 13/12/2017

Published 13 December 2017: Princeton University
“Hydraulic fracturing negatively impacts infant health”
See also report above, 13/12/2017

Published 24 September 2017: Science Discoveries
“Toxic chemicals used in fracking shown to cause miscarriage, birth defects and infant mortality”

Published 24 May 2017: Drill or Drop
“Government misled public and Parliament over shale gas carbon emissions”

Published 7 May 2017: Dr Ian Fairlie
“Comments on the November 2016 report ‘A health impact of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland’ by Health Protection Scotland”

Published February 2017: Physicians for Social Responsibility [USA]
“Too dirty, too dangerous: why health professionals reject natural gas”
A 36-page report

Published 8 November 2016: The Independent
“Fracking is harmful to health, Scottish Government report says”

Published September 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine [USA]
“Association between unconventional natural gas development in the Marcellus shale and asthma exacerbations”

Published 22 December 2015: University of Aberdeen
“Study reveals high levels of toxic element in UK shale”

Published 16 February 2015: Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF)
“Farmers warned not to allow fracking on their land”

Published 17 December 2013: Physicians for Social Responsibility [USA]
“Health impacts of fracking”

Published 14 December 2013: The Guardian
“Fracking hell: what it’s really like to live next to a shale gas well”
Includes a 10-minute video

Published 11 August 2013: The Guardian
“A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water. Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone dry and people thirsty”

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Climate Change & the Environment

Published 9 November 2019: AXIOS (USA)
“Economists are starting to see the first effects of climate change”

Published 25 September 2019: The Telegraph
“Climate change now irreversible due to warming oceans, UN body warns”

Published 24 September 2019: TruthDig
Greta Thunberg’s speech to United Nations General Assembly: report and transcript
Video clip here

Published 19 September 2019: Independent
Greta Thunberg’s speech to US Congress: transcript and video clip

Published 16 September 2019: BBC News
“Faster pace of climate change is ‘scary’, former chief scientist says”

Published 3 September 2019: TruthOut
“Alaska’s sea ice completely melted for first time in recorded history”

Published 1 September 2019: The Guardian
“Fracking will see the UK miss net-zero emissions targets”

Published 29 August 2019: Independent
“Trump to roll back Obama-era pollution regulations for oil and gas drilling designed to reduce methane emissions”

Published 16 August 2019: Vox
“Fracking may be a bigger climate problem than we thought”

Published 15 August 2019: National Geographic
“Fracking boom tied to methane spike in Earth’s atmosphere”

Published 15 August 2019: ZME Science
“Fracking causes massive surge in methane emissions”

Published 14 August 2019: Cornell University [USA]
“Fracking prompts global spike in atmospheric methane”

Published 7 August 2019: The Guardian
“How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics”

Published 5 August 2019: BBC News
“Stop abusing land, scientists warn”

Published 2 August 2019: iNews
“Boris Johnson urged to make climate change his top priority as UK battles floods and heatwave”

Published 30 July 2019: Geo Space
“Nutrient deficiencies in rice grown under higher carbon dioxide could elevate health risks for tens of millions”

Published 29 July 2019: Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
“Reaching climate change requirements if there’s no Brexit deal”

Published 26 July 2019: Scientific American
“Alarming sonar results show glaciers may be melting faster than we expected”

Published 25 July 2019: Desmog UK
“Is Boris Johnson’s Cabinet the most anti-climate action ever?”

Published 25 July 2019: EcoWatch
“The climate crisis is the first truly global climate shift in the past 2,000 years, studies confirm”

Published 24 July 2019: BBC News
“12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months”

Published 23 July 2019: 12-minute video
“Greta Thunberg’s address to the National Assembly in Paris”

Published 23 July 2019: The Guardian
“£680M of UK foreign aid spent on fossil fuel projects – study”

Published 16 July 2019: The Guardian
“July on course to be hottest month ever, say climate scientists”

Published 16 July 2019: World Economic Forum
“Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect”

Published 16 July 2019: Phys.Org
“European farms, wildlife parched in post-heatwave drought”

Published 11 July 2019: The Conversation
“The stark truth about UK government climate action: there is no one in charge”

Published 11 July 2019: Mongabay
“Arctic in freefall: 2019 sea ice volume sinks to near record for June”

Published 10 July 2019: Committee on Climate Change
“Reducing UK emissions – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament”

Published 10 July 2019: Committee on Climate Change
“Progress in preparing for climate change – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament”

Published 10 July 2019: BBC News
“Climate change: UK government like ‘Dad’s Army'”

Published 10 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Government has 18 months to act on climate change – official advisor”

Published 10 July 2019: Reuters
“Air quality plummets as wildfire smoke hits Alaska’s most populous cities”

Published 6 July 2019: Desmog UK
“Big oil’s ‘natural climate solutions’ feasibility overblown, critics say”

Published 5 July 2019: The Guardian
“‘Biggest compliment yet’: Greta Thunberg welcomes oil chief’s ‘greatest threat’ label”

Published 5 July 2019: Truth Out
“Anchorage hits 90 degrees for first time in recorded history”

Published 1 July 2019: Reuters
“Alaska’s heatwave fuels dangerous smoke, melts glaciers”

Published 1 July 2019: Truth Out
“Over one-tenth of global population could lack drinking water by 2030”

Published 27 June 2019: UN Environment website
“Thawing Arctic peatlands risk unlocking huge amounts of carbon”

Published 12 June 2019: BBC News
“Climate change: should the UK’s 2050 target be sooner?”

Published 10 June 2019: 11-minute video on Watch
Greta Thunberg’s address to the Austrian World Summit in Vienna

Published 10 June 2019: Daily Record [Scotland]
“Almost [one] third of Scotland’s carbon footprint down to firms owned by INEOS boss”

Published 6 June 2019: EcoWatch
“Single most important stat on the planet: alarm as atmospheric CO2 soars to ‘legit scary’ record high”

Published 6 June 2019: The Guardian
“It is absurd to question whether we can afford to keep our planet liveable”

Published 27 May 2019: Vox
“We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world”

Published 15 May 2019: Desmogblog
“Plastics industry on track to burn through 14% of world’s remaining carbon budget”

Published 9 May 2019: Independent
“Climate crisis: huge VAT rise on solar panels makes installation ‘entirely uneconomic’ say experts”

Published 2 May 2019: Drill or Drop
“Net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – government climate advisors”
Reaction to report below, 2/5/2019

Published 2 May 2019: Committee on Climate Change
“Net zero – the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming”

Published 29 April 2019: Food & Water Watch
“On eve of EU-US energy forum, 200 groups on both sides of the Atlantic unite in opposition to climate-hostile LNG trade”

Published 23 April 2019: The Guardian
“The Greta Thunberg effect: at last, MPs focus on climate change”

Published 23 April 2019: The Guardian
“‘You did not act in time'”
Full transcript of Greta Thunberg’s speech to MPs, referred to above, 23/4/2019

Published 12 April 2019: Electrek
“UK projected to miss future carbon targets as youths take to the streets”

Published 11 April 2019: Air Quality News
“UK set to miss carbon emission targets into mid-2030s”

Published 24 March 2019: The Guardian
“Fracking plan ‘will release same CO2 as 300 million new cars'”

Published 19 March 2019: Committee on Climate Change
“Towards net zero”

Published 21 February 2019: Euractiv
8min 35sec Video: Greta Thunberg’s full address to EU politicians in Brussels

Published 16 February 2019: New York Times
“Time to panic. The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways”

Published 23 January 2019: BBC News
“Scotland ‘could be net-zero for greenhouse gas emissions’ [by 2045]”

Published 22 November 2018: BBC News
“Warming gas concentrations at new record high”

Published 18 October 2018: Global Citizen
“Top climate scientist says UK fracking plans ‘ignore science'”

Published 18 October 2018: The Guardian [author George Monbiot]
“As fracking protestors show, a people’s rebellion is the only way to fight climate breakdown”

Published 8 October 2018: Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
“CPRE warns climate change is the greatest threat facing the countryside”

Published 19 September 2018: The Guardian
“Shell & Exxon’s secret 1980’s climate change warnings”

Published 6 August 2018: Evening Standard
“Earth could be plunged into irreversible ‘Hothouse’ state”

Published 28 July 2018: Drill or Drop
“The anti-fracking movement is not just about fracking”

Published 26 July 2018: Independent
“As we suffer in the heatwave and Greece burns, the Tories are signing off a fracking bill that is laughable”

Published 21 June 2018: Science Magazine
“Natural gas could warm the planet as much as coal in the short term”

Published April 2018: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
“CAPE policy statement: fossils fuels and climate change”

Published 16 January 2018: EcoWatch
“New NASA study solves climate mystery, confirms methane spike tied to oil and gas”

Published 20 December 2017: Huffpost
“There is a great gap between the rhetoric of the Tory Government on climate change and the reality”

Published 24 May 2017: Drill or Drop
“Government misled public and Parliament over shale gas carbon emissions”

Published 28 March 2017: The Guardian
“I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations”

Published 6 December 2016: Independent
“Britain could slash environmental and safety standards ‘a very long way’ after Brexit, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says”

Published 10 February 2015: Huff Post
“Fracking: climate change concerns”

Published October 2014: Socialist Review
“How big oil is fracking to climate disaster”

Published 21 November 2013: The Independent
“‘Green crap’? Cameron’s u-turn on the environment is just as shameful as Clegg’s on tuition fees”

We can also recommend that you visit the Climate Facts Facebook page, and the Hot Mess Facebook page, where you can find numerous short videos showing the impacts of climate change across the world, the science behind it and how we might find solutions.

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Plastics Pollution

Published 15 August 2019: Democracy Now
“Scientists warn microplastic pollution has gone airborne, threatening human health”

Published 14 August 2019: BBC News
“Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic”

Published 6 August 2019: Channel 4 News
“No, plastic bag sales aren’t down 90%”

Published 20 July 2019: The Intercept
“How the plastics industry is fighting to keep polluting the world”

Published 19 June 2019: The Mirror
“Billions of poisonous plastic pellets flooding into our rivers and seas every year”

Published 24 May 2019: GreenBiz
“The hidden relationship between the plastics industry and fracking in the US”

Published 15 May 2019: Desmogblog
“Plastics industry on track to burn through 14% of world’s remaining carbon budget”

Published 29 April 2019: Food & Water Watch
“On eve of EU-US energy forum, 200 groups on both sides of the Atlantic unite in opposition to climate-hostile LNG trade”

Published 5 March 2019: Desmogblog
“New warnings on plastic’s health risks as fracking industry promotes new ‘plastics belt’ build-out”

Published 18 December 2018: The Guardian
“Packaging producers to pay full recycling costs under waste scheme”

Published 31 October 2018: Council of the European Union
“EU action to restrict plastic pollution: Council agrees its position”

Published 8 October 2018: BBC News
“Plastic pollution: bottle washed up after decades”

Published 12 September 2018: YouTube
“How plastic production pollutes small towns” [4m38s video]

Published 22 August 2018: The Guardian
“UK fracking push could fuel global plastics crisis, say campaigners”

Published 16 April 2018: The Guardian
“Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles”

Published 14 March 2018: EcoWatch
“Bottled water, brought to you by fracking?”

Published 5 January 2018: Mail Online
“Plastics industry has known it is causing pollution crisis for 50 years”

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Renewable Energy

Check out the European Marine Energy Centre Ltd website for information about the latest in marine, wave and tidal device technology and developments.

Published 4 November 2019: Bloomberg
“Energy breakthrough could store solar power for decades”

Published 25 October 2019: The Guardian
“Offshore wind farms can provide more electricity than the world needs”

Published 24 October 2019: The Construction Index
“Clearance given for ‘game changing’ tidal project”

Published 20 September 2019: BBC News
“Plans for ‘world’s largest’ wind farm off Yorkshire coast”

Published 1 September 2019: The Telegraph
“Offshore wind boom is reviving the east coast towns, some of the most neglected and depressed in Britain”

Published 1 August 2019: The Guardian
“Just 10% of fossil fuel subsidy cash ‘could pay for green transition'”

Published 25 July 2019: The Guardian
“UK solar power pioneer Solarcentury profit grows 860% in a year”

Published 30 June 2019: The Guardian
“End onshore windfarm ban, Tories urge”

Published 21 June 2019: The Guardian
“Fossil fuels produce less than half of UK electricty for first time”

Published 22 May 2019: Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
“The Grand Challenge Missions”
When you access this document, scroll down to the sections under the heading “Clean Growth”

Published 9 May 2019: Independent
“Climate crisis: huge VAT rise on solar panels makes installation ‘entirely uneconomic’ say experts”

Published 8 May 2019: The Guardian
“Britain passes one week without coal power for the first time since 1882”

Published 3 May 2019: University of Sheffield
“Groovy new solar technology aims to be the future of renewable energy”

Published 8 March 2019: Global Citizen
“Britain on its way to be powered by renewables more than fossil fuels for first time in history”

Published 31 January 2019: Forbes
“As new UK nuclear projects fold renewables can fill the void”

Published 8 October 2018: Unearthed
“Can negative emissions really save the world?”

Published 6 September 2018: Greenpeace
“How the Government is undermining solar – again”

Published 3 September 2018: Heating & Plumbing Monthly
“Hundreds of shakeholders call for urgent action to stabilise UK solar”

Published 21 August 2018: BBC News
“Orkney tidal turbine generating ‘phenomenal result'”

Published 20 March 2018: The Guardian
“Subsidy-free renewable energy projects set to soar in UK, analysts say”

Published 31 January 2018: Quartz
“Two countries are the reason the EU is hitting its ambitious renewable energy targets”

Published 26 November 2017: The Guardian
“Boom in renewables weakens fracking’s case in UK, says Tory MP”

Published 8 February 2017: The Independent
“Government accused of trying to kill off UK solar industry before it can become cheapest form of electricity”

Published 2017: Alternative Energy Tutorials
“Tidal stream generator”

Published 31 March 2016: Greenpeace
“Plugging the energy gap – George Osborne’s trilema”

Published 27 March 2006: IBIS
“Tidal current energy technologies”

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Legal & Planning Proceedings

The Planning Act 2008 can be found here.

The National Planning Policy Framework can be found here.

Published 4 November 2019: Drill or Drop
“Fylde businessman to head legal action against Cuadrilla over fracking quake damage”

Published 10 July 2019: Yorkshire Post
“Fracking fears reignited for Yorkshire village as US firm buys shale gas company Third Energy”

Published 9 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Third Energy closes deal on onshore gas business”

Published 8 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Deadlines set for reports on Ellesmere Port and Woodsetts appeals”

Published 7 July 2019: Drill or Drop
“Lawyers seek answers on Third Energy sale”

Published 27 June 2019: Drill or Drop
“Minister to decide INEOS shale gas plans at Woodsetts”

Published 3 April 2019: Drill or Drop
“Anti-fracking campaigners win Appeal against INEOS protest Injunction”

Published 6 March 2019: Talk Fracking
“Government’s fracking planning policy is declared unlawful”

Published 20 December 2018: Drill or Drop
“Councils can use climate change evidence to reject fracking, government lawyer tells High Court”

Published 12 September 2018: Drill or Drop
“Government warned it could lose vote over changes to shale gas planning rules”

Published 3 August 2018: The Mirror
“Tory councillors blast their own Government’s bid to bypass local opposition to fracking”

Published 17 May 2018: Parliamentary business website
Energy Policy: Written Ministerial Statement, Greg Clark, Sec of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This is the Written Ministerial Statement which was produced at the eleventh hour to scupper the anti-fracking opposition to INEOS’ appeals on Planning Permission for exploratory drilling at Marsh Lane and Harthill.

Published 12 May 2018: Drill or Drop
“Challenging the licence to drill”

Published 7 April 2018: Drill or Drop
PEDL Power: What you need to know about oil & gas licensing in 2018

Published 24 March 2018: Drill or Drop
“The blueprint for fracking needs a rethink”

Published 6 March 2018: Mail Online
“Government trying to skew planning to support fracking – Greenpeace”

Published 1 February 2018: Drill or Drop
“MPs to investigate whether to take decisions on fracking plans out of local control”

Published 10 November 2017: New Economics Foundation
“Neighbours on the frontline against fracking”
A feature article about the INEOS Injunction at Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, Derbyshire

Published 15 August 2017: The Golf Business
“Legal Matters: Fracking on the golf course”
This article refers to the legal position of golf course owners who may be approached by fracking companies, but applies equally to other kinds of landowners.

Published March 2017: Planning Aid England
“Advice for Planning Aid Volunteers, politicians, community groups and individuals affected by shale gas proposals”

Published 15 February 2017: Drill Or Drop
“Government Guidance on Fracking Consent”
IMPORTANT: SETS OUT CONDITIONS AND COMPLIANCE FOR FRACKING

Published 17 November 2016: Civil Rights Movement
“The right to peaceful protest”

Published 25 May 2016: The Conversation
“Fracking puts local councils in an impossible position”

Published 16 September 2015: House of Commons Hansard
Written Ministerial Statement, Greg Clark, Sec of State for Communities & Local Government
A precursor to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2018, used to grant Planning Permission for exploratory drilling at Marsh Lane and Harthill.

Published 21 November 2011: The Telegraph
“Swearing at Police is not a crime, Judge rules”
(but please note, CADAF would not recommend it!)

Published 2011: Association of Chief Police Officers
“Policing linked to onshore oil and gas operations” (guidance)

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Government Reports & Parliamentary Matters

The Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy publishes a “Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES)”, and you can find the home page here. It is regularly updated, so just click on the link to the current year then scroll down.

The Planning Act 2008 can be found here.

The National Planning Policy Framework can be found here.

Published 4 November 2019: parliament.uk
Energy Policy Update: Written Statement
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT
Written Ministerial Statement on UK Moratorium on fracking, energy policy, and decisions on NSIP & Permitted Development consulations.

Published 2 November 2019: Gov.uk
“Government ends support for fracking”
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT
BEIS Press release announcing UK Moratorium on fracking

Published 30 October 2019: Drill or Drop
“Election scuppers MPs’ inquiry into fracking costs”

Published 23 October 2019: National Audit Office
“Fracking for shale gas in England”
A significant report on the viability of UK fracking by the NAO.

Published 19 August 2019: Bloomberg
“Boris Johnson may usher in new era of fracking in the UK”

Published 15 August 2019: The Guardian
“Government’s shift to relax shale gas fracking safeguards condemned”

Published 12 August 2019: The Mirror
“Tories plan mini-nuclear reactors for the North in major change to energy policy”
So, not content with forcing fracking on us, this Government now expects us here in the “desolate North” to accept new, untried and unproved nuclear reactors on our doorsteps without any plans as to how to dispose of the nuclear waste they will generate. Here’s an idea: how about renewable solar or wind-power projects instead? How about asking us who live here what we want, what we would find acceptable?

Published 29 July 2019: Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
“Reaching climate change requirements if there’s no Brexit deal”

Published 25 July 2019: Desmog UK
“Is Boris Johnson’s Cabinet the most anti-climate action ever?”

Published 24 July 2019: Office for National Statistics
“Net zero and the different official measures of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions”

Published 10 July 2019: Committee on Climate Change
“Reducing UK emissions – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament”

Published 10 July 2019: Committee on Climate Change
“Progress in preparing for climate change – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament”

Published 12 June 2019: Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
“Government gives details on setting a UK net zero emissions target”

Published 22 May 2019: Dept for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
“The Grand Challenge Missions”
When you access this document, scroll down to the sections under the heading “Clean Growth”

Published 11 April 2019: Air Quality News
“UK set to miss carbon emission targets into mid-2030s”

Published 2 April 2019: Drill or Drop
“Fracking earthquake rules should be extended to other onshore oil and gas operations, MPs told”
Evidence called on by Lee Rowley’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Shale Gas Impacts

Published April 2019: Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
“Updated energy and emissions projections 2018”: a 43-page document

Published 12 March 2019 (Update): Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
“Guidance on fracking: developing shale gas in the UK”

Published 9 March 2019: Drill or Drop
“Earthquakes top fracking questions to minister”

Published 19 December 2018: Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
“Implementing geological disposal – working with local communities”
A 68-page document described as “an updated framework for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste”

Published 4 December 2018: Drill or Drop
“200 MPs call for pension fund to divest from fossil fuels”

Published 22 November 2018: Unearthed
“Chair of England’s nature watchdog says it’s not independent anymore”

Published 6 November 2018: House of Commons Library
House of Commons Library Briefing Paper: “Shale Gas and Fracking”

Published 16 August 2018: Drill or Drop
“Questions on attitudes to fracking dropped from quarterly government survey”

Published 2 July 2018: Dept for Housing, Communities & Local Government
“Planning Guidance on Fracking”: a 49-page document

Published July 2018: National Infrastructure Commission
“National Infrastructure Assessment”
Highly significant in light of the Government’s attempts to include fracking as “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects”

Published 18 May 2018: Ecologist
“UK government greenwash fades as environmental policy goes backwards”

Published 17 May 2018: Parliamentary business website
Energy Policy: Written Ministerial Statement, Greg Clark, Sec of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This is the Written Ministerial Statement which was produced at the eleventh hour to scupper the anti-fracking opposition to INEOS’ appeals on Planning Permission for exploratory drilling at Marsh Lane and Harthill.

Published 25 January 2018: Gov.uk
“Why underground? – Managing radioactive waste with geological disposal”

Published October 2017: Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
“Gas Security of Supply”: a 29-page document

Published 24 May 2017: Drill or Drop
“Government misled public and Parliament over shale gas carbon emissions”

Published 15 February 2017: Drill Or Drop
“Government Guidance on Fracking Consent”
IMPORTANT: SETS OUT CONDITIONS AND COMPLIANCE FOR FRACKING

Published February 2017: The Mobbs Report
“Whitehall’s ‘fracking’ science failure: How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain”
VERY SIGNIFICANT REPORT

Published 6 December 2016: Independent
“Britain could slash environmental and safety standards ‘a very long way’ after Brexit, Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says”

Published 17 December 2015: Independent
“David Cameron accused of breaking promise over Britain’s beauty spots with raft of fracking licences”

Published 15 December 2015: Warwick Business School (University of Warwick)
“Why does the Government want to speed up fracking?”

Published 16 September 2015: House of Commons Hansard
Written Ministerial Statement, Greg Clark, Sec of State for Communities & Local Government
A precursor to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 May 2018 (listed above), used to grant Planning Permission for exploratory drilling at Marsh Lane and Harthill.

Published 13 August 2015: Dept of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (DCLG)
“Shale gas and oil policy statement by DECC & DCLG”
DECC has since become the Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). CADAF is at a loss to understand why the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government was referred to as “DCLG”; but it has since become the Dept for Housing, Communities and Local Government, or HCLG for short.

Published 1 July 2015: Unearthed
“Declassified Government report describes shocking impacts of fracking on local communities”

Published 28 January 2015: The Conversation
“Shale fail: David Cameron has not gone ‘all out’ for fracking”

Published 26 January 2015: The Guardian
“David Cameron rejects call for fracking ban”

Published 8 May 2014: House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee
“The economic impact on UK energy policy of shale gas and oil”

Published 7 May 2014: Residents Action on Fylde Fracking
“‘Remote and out of touch’: RAFF’s response to the House of Lords report on shale gas”
This is an advance response to the House of Lords report published 8 May 2014, above

Published 4 February 2014: House of Lords transcript
“Revised transcript of evidence taken before the Select Committee on Economic Affairs”
The House of Lords grilled the then Chancellor of the Exchequer and champion of shale gas extraction George Osborne on “the economic impact of and the outlook for shale gas and oil”. This is the transcript.

Published 13 January 2014: BBC News
“Cameron urges fracking opponents to ‘get on board'”

Published 22 October 2013: Evening Standard
“George Osborne backs fracking technology”

Published 21 August 2013: The Guardian
“David Cameron has become fracking’s biggest cheerleader”

Published April 2012
Government report, review and recommendations following fracking-induced seismicity at Preece Hall
This report goes back to the origins of the “traffic light” system

Published November 2011: Dept for Communities & Local Government
“A plain English guide to the Localism Act”

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The murky history of the UK Government and fracking

The decision to push for fracking in the UK was made by a very small number of politicians. Here, we look at who these decision-makers were. What might have driven them to allow and encourage this fossil fuel industry to start up in Britain? We leave you to make up your own minds.

Firstly, you could look at the historic timeline from January 2008 to December 2013.

Then you might want to look through the articles below.

Published 2 February 2015: Cheat Sheet
“Leaked document could shatter UK shale dreams”

Published 26 January 2015: The Guardian
“George Osborne urges ministers to fast-track fracking measures in leaked letter”

Published 26 January 2015: Garstang Courier
“Leaked letter shows Chancellor George Osborne pushed for fracking”

Published 8 November 2014: BBC News
“Shale gas: George Osborne proposes north of England fund”

Published 14 May 2014: The Guardian
“Fracking could cost thousands of votes, warns Lord Howell”
This is fracking’s great champion and promoter Lord Howell (George Osborne’s father-in-law) warning against pushing fracking onto communities which are more likely to vote Conservative because it could cost Tory votes. For all other communities it’s alright then, it doesn’t matter if they don’t want fracking!

Published 14 May 2014: Carbon Brief
“Where would Lord Howell frack?”
Includes excellent maps of England showing step-by-step exclusions until we reach the areas Howell might deem acceptable.

Published 13 May 2014: The Mirror
“Start fracking in the ‘derelict and desolate’ north, says George Osborne’s father-in-law”

Published 13 January 2014: Independent
David Cameron goes “all out for shale”

Published 22 October 2013: Evening Standard
“George Osborne backs fracking technology”

Published 8 October 2013: BBC News
“Lord Howell North East fracking slur ‘wilfully misinterpreted'”
“It can restore areas that have been scarred” [by industrial development in the past]. Yes, he actually said this.

Published 14 August 2013: The Mirror
“George Osborne’s father-in-law and the secret frackers of Windsor Castle”

Published 12 August 2013: Corporate Watch
“Lord Howell plots with fracking firms in Windsor dungeon”

Published 11 August 2013: The Telegraph
“You must accept fracking for the good of the country, David Cameron tells southerners”
“Shale gas pads are relatively small – about the size of a cricket pitch.” Yes, he actually said this.

Published 5 August 2013: HuffPost
“George Osborne says father-in-law can ‘speak for himself’ after fracking row”

Published 1 August 2013: BBC News
“Fracking comments peer Lord Howell meant North West”
So, that’s alright then.

Published 31 July 2013: The Guardian
“Fracking can take place in ‘desolate’ north-east England, Tory peer says”

Published 30 July 2013: The Telegraph
“Tory adviser close to George Osborne backs fracking in ‘desolate North-East'”

Published 14 July 2013: Independent
“Revealed: Fracking industry bosses at heart of Coalition”

Published 2 April 2013: International Business Times
“The British Lord who lobbies for foreign states and just happens to be George Osborne’s father-in-law”

Published 4 December 2012: The Guardian
“George Osborne’s dash for gas sets common sense ablaze”

Published 29 July 2012: Independent
“Osborne accused over gas lobbyist father-in-law”

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