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    What the UK could learn from New York’s fracking ban

    by  • January 20, 2015 • News

    New York state’s ban on fracking rested largely on evidence of an adverse public health impact. Why aren’t UK authorities worried? Just before Christmas, New York became the first US state with major shale gas reserves to ban fracking for health reasons. The industry was shocked, campaigners cheered and governments like Britain, desperate to...

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    Mass Lobby Against Infrastructure Bill – Jan 14th, London

    by  • January 9, 2015 • News

    The Government is currently trying to rush the Infrastructure Bill through the House of Commons. It’s already been passed through the House of Lords, but recently tabled amendments could stop it in its tracks. If passed unchallenged, it could irrevocably pave the way for Fracking in the UK, by removing our land rights to...

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    We challenge would-be local MP’s to underground!

    by  • November 26, 2014 • News

    We are challenging would-be MPs to go underground to understand the complicated geology of the former Somerset coalfield. Our caving experts want to take North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, and his challengers, caving so they can see for themselves what the we say is the vulnerability and beauty of what lies underneath their feet...

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    Somerset Minerals Plan Examination

    by  • November 26, 2014 • News

    Latest news – consultation on Main Modifications The Somerset Minerals Plan was submitted to central government on 23 June 2014. Following the public Hearings sessions held in September, which were chaired by the appointed Inspector, the County Council has published a Schedule of ‘Main’ Modifications to the above Minerals Plan. Comments are invited on...

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    Shale gas unlikely to make the UK energy self-sufficient, says report

    by  • November 12, 2014 • News

    Fracking’s potential has been ‘overhyped’ by politicians and shale gas will not reduce energy prices or reliance on gas imports, says UK Energy Research Centre. Politicians have overhyped fracking’s potential and the prospect of shale gas making Britain self-sufficient in gas again is far-fetched, according to government-funded researchers. The UK became a net importer...

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    New Study Finds Life-Threatening Formaldehyde Levels at Fracking Sites

    by  • November 11, 2014 • News

    People living near fracking sites have reported health problems for years, with symptoms ranging from respiratory ailments to birth defects. But because air and water quality are often not monitored near fracking sites, surprisingly little is known about the overall public health impacts of the gas drilling process. To help fill the knowledge gap,...

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    Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites

    by  • October 31, 2014 • News

    The spikes almost certainly will lead to a cancer increase in surrounding areas, a study author says. Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous” cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites. “This is a significant public health...

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    UK to allow fracking companies to use ‘any substance’ under homes

    by  • October 22, 2014 • News

    Proposed amendment in Infrastructure Bill would make mockery of world class shale gas regulation claims, campaigners say… The UK government plans to allow fracking companies to put “any substance” under people’s homes and property and leave it there, as part of the Infrastructure Bill which will be debated by the House of Lords on...

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