UK Fracking

Respect Local Democracy And Keep Britain Frack-Free

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What is it with this government and fracking? They seem to be obsessed with drilling; the proven safe and truly renewable wind and solar energies are not for them. They want the earth penetrated by drilling and the injection of high pressure water, laced with a cocktail of nasty chemicals and sand, to frack the hell out of the rocks beneath our beautiful countryside.

We Fracking Matter Up North Too You Know!

Fi Newsam | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Fi Newsam

Today the Government approved Cuadrilla's plans to go ahead with fracking at a site in Lancashire. You will have heard the to-ing and fro-ing that has gone on between the local council, Cuadrilla, various activist groups, the government and the local people.

When It Comes To Fracking, It Seems That Democracy Doesn't Count For Much

Hannah Martin | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Hannah Martin

Through overturning the decision, Westminster politicians have effectively declared that fracking industry profits are more important than the concerns of British people... While today's news is not what we wanted, this is far from the end of the story. As Lancashire resident Pat Davis said this morning: "this travesty of justice will not be accepted."

Fracking Is Coming To Lancashire Despite Massive Opposition

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK

The Government has “ignored massive local opposition” and approved a controversial fracking scheme in Lancashire, despite mass protests and the co...

The Waugh Zone October 6, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, October 6… 1) KIP, KIP, HOORAY? Theresa May’s speech certainly got several of the headlines ...

The Next Labour Government Will Ban Fracking

Barry Gardiner | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Labour is clear on the long-term direction of travel of the British economy. The Tories are trying to lock the country into the old, dirty technologies that harm our communities and the people who are forced to live with disruption on their doorstep... By contrast, Labour will back the clean technologies of the future, and make sure the opportunities for good jobs, investment and a safe environment are shared across the whole of the UK.

Rewards From Renewables, Foul Play From Fracking

Connor Dwyer | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Connor Dwyer

This government needs to stop seeing pound signs, and instead see the people on the frontline of fracking. So whilst one man's bribe may be another man's compensation in the fracking industry, one man's innovation can be another man's reward, if this government would only take a greener path.

If Your Area's About To Be Fracked Your Family Could Be Paid £20,000

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK

Families will be given cash payments of up to £20,000 in recompense for fracking in their area, under new plans announced by Theresa May. A £1 bil...

Will Brexit Lead to a Fracking Free-For-All?

Adam Manuel | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Manuel

So will there be a fracking free-for-all? Not quite. Unfortunately the industry will inevitably expand, but probably not in the way people are expecting.

Our Politics Is Like the Last Stage of a Desperate, Drunken Party: We Need to Sober Up Fast

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We need to hand the power to the people. That clearly means, in the immediate future, a general election. And then it means profound electoral reform - a fair voting system that produces a government that reflects the will of the people. That means proportional representation. It means an elected House of Lords. It means a will to ensure a society in which no one is left hungry, no one homeless, no one stranded without hope of a decent life. It means a society that lives within the environmental limits of our one fragile planet.

The Waugh Zone May 25, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday May 25, 2016… 1) IFS AND BUTS David Cameron has landed in Japan for the G7 summit. But back ho...

Fracking: Ministers 'Sitting On' Climate Change Report

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of ‘sitting on’ a long-awaited report on fracking and climate change in a bid to help the oil industry. HuffPost UK ha...

The Waugh Zone May 24, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday May 24, 2016… 1) KNIFE-EDGE VOTE Another day, another relentless bit of heavy pounding of Brexit...

Fracking Is Coming To North Yorkshire Despite Overwhelming Opposition

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

Councillors in North Yorkshire have given the green light to the first fracking operation in the UK for five years, despite huge local opposition. The...

Angry Farmer Sprays Tanker Full Of Poo At Oscar-Winning Actress

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK

A farmer sprayed manure at Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson after she broke a court injunction to protest against fracking on his land. Thompson an...

Welcome to the Frack Free Bake Off!

Emma Thompson | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Emma Thompson

I can say with certainty that these are words I've never uttered before: This morning I'm in a field in Lancashire, helping set up a makeshift kitchen and getting ready to take part in a baking-themed protest over plans to frack for gas under the ground I'm stood on. It's an unusual way of protesting. So why, dear reader, would I do such a thing? For almost five years, Lancashire has been in the midst of a battle to stop the shale gas industry. And despite huge local opposition, fracking firm Cuadrilla is determined to set up its rigs and drill.

Why Susan Sarandon Is Right About Hillary

Aaron Vallely | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

I have frequently paid attention to the recurring memory of an anecdote the late Christopher Hitchens once scribbled delectably about Hillary Clinton....

A Magic Solution to Fracking and Climate Change?

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

Leonardo Di Caprio's impassioned Oscars acceptance speech urging collective responsibility for Climate Change demonstrated how popular culture can rai...

Why I'm Joining Greenpeace's Fracking Protest Outside Westminster Today

Tina Rothery | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tina Rothery

We're planning to stay here all day in protest at government plans to force fracking on communities across the country. Today we want to show David Cameron's government - this is what it feels like to have the shale gas industry pushed on you against your own will.

What Will Be the Key Sustainability Trends in 2016?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Trewin Restorick

Every year I rashly agree to forecast/guess what will be the key sustainability trends for the year ahead. This time last year I did predict that under investment in flood defences would force government onto the back foot reducing them to sticky plaster solutions - so I got at least one right! What then might happen in 2016?

Climate Change: Fracking for Natural Gas Is Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So if natural gas is the wrong fuel to use to halt climate change, why on earth does this government want to frack Britain to extract it? Why is this government so fixated with the extractive industries? Why not strongly support the truly safe, sustainable, jobs-rich renewable energy industries?

The Government Must Take the Direction Provided By the Paris Climate Talks

Natalie Bennett | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The situation in Lancaster, and the even worse flooding further north in Cumbria, means climate change is in general conversation not just because the flooding occurred during the global Paris talks.

Dave, We Need to Talk: Your Fossil Fuel Problem Is Affecting Us All

Piers Telemacque | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

We've heard this all before. You said you'd be the greenest government ever. We believed you. You hung out with huskies. We believed you. Time and time again. You put a wind turbine on your house. We believed you. We wanted to believe you.

Labour Isn't Happy Fracking Under National Parks Was Just Approved

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK

MPs have approved proposals to allow fracking under national parks and other protected areas, prompting Labour to call for a moratorium on the controv...

The Waugh Zone December 16, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday December 16, 2015… 1) THE OTHER DEFICIT It’s David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn’s last PMQs b...