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    Why the UK government’s fracking payout claim is just not true

    by  • August 12, 2016 • News

    FROM GREENPEACE: On Friday evening, just after 6pm, government spin doctors sent select media an email with a big fracking announcement. Theresa May has re-written Osborne’s plans to ensure local people benefit directly from fracking. “Communities could receive up to 10% of tax revenues derived from shale exploration in their area to spend on...

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    Ryedale anti-fracking campaigners launch fundraising appeal

    by  • August 5, 2016 • News

      From York Press: Fracking protesters have launched a fundraising appeal in support of their campaign against plans to bring fracking to the area. Frack Free Ryedale have campaigned against the industry over the past two years and, together with Friends of the Earth, are seeking a Judicial Review into North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC)...

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    Brexit campaign leadership dominated by climate-sceptics

    by  • June 9, 2016 • News

      FROM EURACTIVE.COM INVESTIGATION: Leading figures in the Vote Leave referendum campaign to take Britain out of the EU have links to a controversial climate-sceptic think tank and question the science behind global warming. The group’s three leaders Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and figurehead Lord Nigel Lawson have cast doubt over man-made climate change,...

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    What happened to the UK shale gas report?

    by  • June 9, 2016 • News

    Letters from The Guardian: Janet Russell asks the right question (Letters, May 30). What has happened to the report on shale gas by the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC)? When Professor Cowern and I gave evidence in February, we were assured that the report would be published no later than May. We have also...

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    June 2015 update – PEDL 227 Now relinquished by UK Methane

    by  • June 19, 2015 • News

    We have confirmation that PEDL 227 which covers part of the Mendip Hills between Bath and Shepton Mallet has now been relinquished by the licence holder UK Methane.  This is excellent news for our area as it now means there are no active oil and gas companies seeking to explore possible reserves in Somerset!...

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    GENERAL ELECTION 2015

    by  • May 5, 2015 • News

    The fracking vote – who’s for and against on a local and national level   The candidates for North East Somerset discuss fracking The Somerset Guardian asked the prospective candidates what they think of fracking for Shale Gas and whether the area should welcome the new industry or whether people should join the campaigners...

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    Somerset County Council Adopted Minerals Plan

    by  • March 19, 2015 • News

    Somerset County Council resolved to adopt the Somerset Minerals Plan: Development Plan document up to 2030 on 18 February 2015. The part of the plan that we are most interested in is Energy Minerals… Most governments across the globe are looking for greater energy security. This has a local impact, as industry seek to discover...

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    Engineering consent for fracking: Chris Smith and the ‘astroturf’ consultancy

    by  • March 19, 2015 • News

    Edelman, the global PR group, has a history of aggressive ‘consent engineering’ for the fossil fuel industry in North America, writes Paul Mobbs. So what are they doing running ‘impartial’ UK bodies including a Parliamentary group on unconventional oil and gas, and the ‘independent’ Task Force on Shale Gas? Are they really US-style ‘astroturf’...

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    The candidates for North East Somerset discuss fracking

    by  • March 19, 2015 • News

    With the 2015 General Election just nine weeks away the competition for the North East Somerset seat is stepping up a gear with five candidates vying for the job. This week The Somerset Guardian asked the prospective candidates what they think of fracking for Shale Gas and whether the area should welcome the new...

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