• Britain To Allow Shale Test Drilling Without Planning Permission

    • Date: 09/01/16
    • BBC News

    The government is set to remove another obstacle to the exploration for shale gas deposits in the UK. Fracking firms will no longer need planning permission to drill exploratory boreholes and set underground explosive (sic) charges. The government says the same safety rules for oil and gas exploration will apply – and the use of […]

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  • A Pivotal Year Ahead For UK Shale Development

    • Date: 09/01/16
    • Jon Mainwaring, Rigzone

    After a year in which the UK government took steps to encourage the development of a shale gas industry, 2016 looks set to see several unconventional wells drilled onshore Britain. August saw the government declare its intention to introduce measures designed to fast track oil and gas planning applications in the regions, including the threat […]

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  • Blow To Drax Biomass Plan As Europe Launches State Aid Investigation

    • Date: 06/01/16
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Times

    Plans to convert Britain’s biggest power station to run on greener fuels were in jeopardy last night after the European Commission ordered an “in-depth investigation” into a possible violation of state aid rules. The giant Drax plant in North Yorkshire, which was built in the 1970s and runs mainly on coal, has already converted two […]

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  • Fracking Could Cut Bills And Create Jobs, Says UK Chancellor

    • Date: 05/01/16
    • Ian Ross, Knutsford Guardian

    Chancellor George Osborne says Britain should be in favour of new forms of energy like fracking which could cut bills and carbon emissions and create jobs. George Osborne opening new facility at Barclays Radbroke Hall Mr Osborne, MP for Tatton, was responding to a request by the Guardian for a comment on the awarding of […]

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  • Britain’s Flooding Crisis ‘Made Worse By EU Regulations’

    • Date: 01/01/16
    • Ian Drury and James Tozer, Daily Mail

    Controversial rules on dredging rivers imposed by the European Union have contributed to the flooding which has wrought devastation across the UK, it was claimed last night. Brussels bureaucrats, driven by green ideology, have effectively banned dredging which might have prevented rivers bursting their banks, say critics. Dredging, which took place for centuries on Britain’s […]

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  • Historic Weather Records Rubbish Cameron’s Attempts To Blame Floods On Global Warming

    • Date: 29/12/15
    • Nathan Rao, Daily Express

    David Cameron has sparked outrage by blaming Britain’s flood crisis on global warming while admitting defences are not fit for purpose. David Cameron has sparked outrage for blaming flooding on global warming; photos Getty/PA The Prime Minister said more frequent ‘extreme weather events’ driven by climate change were the main driver as Cumbria and the […]

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  • David Cameron Under Pressure To Divert Bloated Foreign Aid Budget To Help Flood Victims

    • Date: 29/12/15
    • Jason Groves and Tamara Cohen, Daily Mail

    David Cameron was under intense pressure last night to divert the bloated foreign aid budget to help British flood victims. New estimates suggest that the cost of this month’s disaster in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire could be up to £5.8billion. That is the exact amount Britain recently committed to spend helping poorer countries tackle climate […]

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  • UK Government Accused Of Using Global Warming As An Excuse For Flood Failures

    • Date: 28/12/15
    • Daniel Martin, Daily Mail

    Ministers were accused yesterday of trying to use climate change as an ‘excuse’ for the failure to protect dozens of communities from the floods. David Cameron admitted that flood defences had not been sufficient, but suggested that the greater frequency of ‘extreme weather events’ was to blame. And Liz Truss, the environment secretary, said the […]

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