• Greens Lose Another Battle, UK Govt Green-Lights Heathrow Expansion

    • Date: 25/10/16
    • Public Finance

    The government will give the go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow airport, which ministers said would provide a boost to the UK’s economy. The controversial decision was announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling today, who said that the “truly momentous” step would secure the UK’s place in the global aviation market after years of […]

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  • New UK Government Backs Away From EU Rules On Coal Power Stations

    • Date: 20/10/16
    • Pilita Clark, Financial Times

    The UK has joined Poland and a small group of other EU countries lobbying to delay tougher pollution rules for coal power stations ahead of discussions in Brussels on Thursday. In a letter seen by the FT, Thérèse Coffey, the UK’s environment minister, warned the EU environment commissioner, Karmenu Vella, that the “uncertain global economic […]

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  • 800 Businesses Queue Up For Blackpool Shale Boom

    • Date: 19/10/16
    • Blackpool Gazette

    Firms are lining up to grab a slice of the action in the shale gas revolution, say business leaders. The recent Lancashire fracking decision has prompted even more local businesses to express interest in becoming part of the shale gas supply chain The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, gave […]

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  • UK Falls Back On Coal And Gas Plants To Keep The Lights On

    • Date: 14/10/16
    • Andrew Ward, Financial Times

    National Grid will pay £122m to keep fossil fuel plants on standby Contracts worth £122m to keep coal and gas-fired power stations on standby will help Britain avoid electricity blackouts this winter, National Grid has forecast, highlighting the difficulties facing the UK as it attempts to wean its power sector off fossil fuels. The UK’s […]

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  • Third Runway At Heathrow ‘To Get Go-Ahead In Days’

    • Date: 14/10/16
    • James Salmon and James Slack, Daily Mail

    Heathrow is expected to be given the green light within days to build a third runway.  An artist’s impression of how Heathrow Airport could look with a third runway After years of delay, Prime Minister Theresa May is set to defy fierce opposition from key members of her Cabinet, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, to […]

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  • Brexit: Green Campaigners Fear ‘Bonfire’ Of Green Regulations

    • Date: 13/10/16
    • Ian Johnston, The Independent

    Campaigners have expressed fears of a ‘bonfire’ of environmental regulations after Britain leaves the EU The Government must not abandon the fight against global warming after Brexit – despite calls to do so from the climate-sceptic wing of the Conservative party – its official advisers have said in a report. There are fears of a […]

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  • Heathrow Third Runway Looks More Likely After Scottish Government Backing

    • Date: 10/10/16
    • Michael Wilkinson, The Daily Telegraph

    A third runway at Heathrow has become more likely ahead of a decision by ministers next week after the Scottish Government backed the plan. A third runway at Heathrow could get the go ahead by ministers Ministers claimed expanding the west London hub will provide a number of benefits for Scotland, including new jobs and more […]

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  • County Council Faces Legal Bill Of £330.000 For Refusing Fracking Application

    • Date: 08/10/16

    Lancashire County Council will face a bill for costs in excess of £330,000 over the planning battle for two bids to frack on the Fylde. A spokesman confirmed Cuadrilla has been granted costs relating to the council’s refusal of permission to install a monitoring array near the Preston New Road site. But the total could […]

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