December 17, 2017

French Company Total Drops Shale Gas Well in Denmark – ABC News

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French energy company Total has halted a shale gas project in Denmarkafter disappointing results in exploratory drilling. Total said Tuesday the amount of gas found near Dybvad in northern Jutland was “not sufficient for commercial extraction” and that there would be no further exploration on the license “for the time being.” The license expires next year. The company earlier this year handed back another license in eastern Denmark. Denmark’s Energy Agency said there are currently no plans to issue new licenses for shale gas exploration. Total’s announcement was welcomed by environmental activists campaigning against fracking, the process used to extract shale…

Britain changes rules to fast-track shale gas permits – Yahoo News UK

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will give its communities minister the power to directly approve shale gas permits, taking away decision-making from local politicians who have in the past months blocked the progress of Britain’s first shale gas wells. In late June, local government officials in northwest England rejected two applications to carry out hydraulic fracturing — or fracking, saying the projects would be too noisy and blight the landscape. New rules, applicable immediately, will allow government intervention to approve or reject permits and will also mean appeals involving shale gas projects will be given priority. Shale gas developer…

Tory MP for crucial shale gas area calls for fracking ‘buffer zones’ – Telegraph

Fracking sites should be separated by six mile “buffer zones” to prevent the industrialisation of the countryside, the Conservative MP for a crucial shale gas constituency has said. Kevin Hollinrake is the newly-elected MP for Thirsk and Malton in North Yorkshire, where gas company Third Energy is applying for planning permission to carry out fracking. The site has become increasingly significant to the Government’s hopes of developing a shale gas industry after last week’s decision by councillors in Lancashire to throw out plans by another firm, Cuadrilla. If Third Energy gains permission to frack at the site in Kirby Misperton – where it…

The prospects for UK shale gas have never looked bleaker | Damian Carrington | Environment | The Guardian

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  Be in no doubt, it is a seismic decision. Nine county councillors have defied the full-throated backing of David Cameron, well over £100m of spending from shale gas firm Cuadrilla and their own planning officers to reject plans for the UK’s first full-scale fracking. Cuadrilla are near certain to appeal, but the nascent fracking industry in the UK may never recover from this blow. Councillors around the country will feel emboldened to stand up to the intense national pressure to back fracking. In the future, this may well be seen as the day the fracking dream died. In the shorter…

Fracking: Decision on Lancashire shale gas site postponed amid an extraordinary legal row – Home News – UK – The Independent

A decision on whether or not to approve the UK’s first fracking site has been postponed amid an extraordinary legal row. Lancashire councillors complained that their deliberations had been constrained by “secret” legal advice which they had been provided with – in private – only hours before the planned vote. Councillor Paul Hayhurst felt so strongly that he proposed a motion to make the advice public so people could see how they were being influenced. The motion was passed and the legal advice could be published today. The vote on the site, at Little Plumpton, near Preston, was postponed until…