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  1. Published on: 02/11/2019 08:25 AMReported by: roving-eye
    Government ends support for fracking in England on the basis of new scientific analysis, published today.


    • Oil and Gas Authority report published today concludes that it is not possible with current technology to accurately predict the probability of tremors associated with fracking
    • Separate proposals to change the planning process for fracking sites will no longer be taken forward at this time

    Fracking will not be allowed to proceed in England, the government has announced today, following the publication of new scientific analysis.

    Ministers took the decision on the basis of a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), which found that it is not currently possible to accurately predict the probability or magnitude of earthquakes linked to fracking operations.

    Fracking already takes place across the world including in the US, Canada and Argentina. However, exploratory work to determine whether shale could be a new domestic energy source, delivering benefits for our economy and energy security, has now been paused - unless and until further evidence is provided that it can be carried out safely here.

    Ministers have always been clear that the exploration of England’s shale gas reserves could only proceed if the science shows that it is safe, sustainable and of minimal disturbance to those living and working nearby. For that reason, government introduced tight planning controls through the Infrastructure Act 2015 and set strict limits on seismicity, in consultation with industry.

    On the basis of the disturbance caused to residents living near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire and this latest scientific analysis, the government has announced a moratorium on fracking until compelling new evidence is provided.

    The government also confirmed today that it will not be taking forward proposed planning reforms for shale gas developments at this time. These proposals were consulted on in 2018 but will not be implemented now.

    Other sources of natural gas will continue to contribute to the UK’s diverse energy mix. The Committee on Climate Change has previously said that there will still be a requirement for natural gas in a 2050 net zero economy.

    Maintaining diverse gas supplies, for use during the transition as the UK renewable sector grows – or for the production of hydrogen – remains a priority for this government.


    1. Operations at Preston New Road, Lancashire, have been suspended since a magnitude 2.9 event was recorded on 26th August 2019.
    2. On the basis of the current scientific evidence, government is confirming today that it will take a presumption against issuing any further Hydraulic Fracturing Consents. This position will be maintained unless compelling new evidence is provided. While future applications for Hydraulic Fracturing Consent will be considered on their own merits by the Secretary of State, in accordance with the law, the shale gas industry should take the government’s position into account when considering new developments.
    3. The OGA has advised the government that until further studies can provide clarity, they will not be able to say with confidence that further hydraulic fracturing would meet the government’s policy aims of ensuring it is safe, sustainable and of minimal disturbance to those living and working nearby.
    4. The Infrastructure Act 2015 included the requirement for operators to obtain Hydraulic Fracturing Consent which ensures that all the necessary environmental and health and safety permits have been obtained before activities can commence. The Consent process also includes the requirement for an independent financial analysis of the operator to be carried out to ensure they can meet their licence obligations, including decommissioning.
     

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  3. donkey22 says:02/11/2019 08:44 AM
    I could be cynical and remind everyone about the imminent election, but just this once I’ll give broken Boris the benefit of any doubt. Great news for the people who live near these sites and great news for our planet.

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  5. Alikado says:02/11/2019 06:28 PM
    I can't understand why they need to frack for this gas when a few miles away in Morcambe Bay and off Ainsdale they use traditional means.

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  7. salus.populi says:03/11/2019 11:24 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    I could be cynical and remind everyone about the imminent election, but just this once I’ll give broken Boris the benefit of any doubt. Great news for the people who live near these sites and great news for our planet.
    It's just a pause. Expect fracking to resume after the election once the turkeys have voted for Xmas again.

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  9. donkey22 says:03/11/2019 01:27 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by salus.populi View Post
    It's just a pause. Expect fracking to resume after the election once the turkeys have voted for Xmas again.
    Lol. And your assuming the tories will get back in? Very bold.

  10. salus.populi says:03/11/2019 03:37 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by donkey22 View Post
    Lol. And your assuming the tories will get back in? Very bold.
    I sincerely hope that they don't get back in. I don't have a lot of faith in a lot of the UK public though.

  11. TowerAndSteeple says:03/11/2019 04:39 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by salus.populi View Post
    I sincerely hope that they don't get back in. I don't have a lot of faith in a lot of the UK public though.
    All I can see is another hung parliament. And please remember everyone when you vote that this is a GENERAL ELECTION, not a re-run of the EU referendum - you may have to wait another five years to have your say on everything that's happening in the country.

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