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  • The curious case of a palace in Prague, an Irish company and Nama
    The curious case of a palace in Prague, an Irish company and Nama Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A Czech developer is attempting to sue the agency. More »

  • Leitrim farmers fear fracking, but researchers deny plan to drill
    Leitrim farmers fear fracking, but researchers deny plan to drill Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A local anti-fracking group has vowed to “halt this continuous onslaught on our communities” More »

  • Britain drafts regulation to protect areas from shale gas industry
    Britain drafts regulation to protect areas from shale gas industry Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - The British government on Thursday set out draft regulations defining areas protected from shale gas industry, including the proximity of any activity beneath national parks, areas of outstanding beauty and groundwater. The draft regulations stipulate that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can only take place below 1,200 metres in protected areas. Britain's pro-shale government has faced opposition from local politicians who have rejected two projects that could have become the country's first shale gas-producing wells. ... More »

  • Heat rises on Britain to change shale gas laws after projects blocked
    Heat rises on Britain to change shale gas laws after projects blocked Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps and Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Pressure is mounting on Britain's pro-shale government to make changes to the planning system after local politicians rejected two projects that could have become Britain's first shale gas producing wells. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has promised to go "all out for shale", said he respected the planning process but still wanted shale gas to go ahead. In order to save his dream, Cameron has to reform the planning system to give the government the final say in approving new projects, legal experts and industry representatives said. More »

  • Britain should avoid deep injection shale wells - task force Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should steer clear of using deep injection wells in shale oil and gas "fracking" and take extra steps to reduce the technique's environmental and health effects, an industry-funded task force examining the sector said on Wednesday. The oil and gas industry uses deep injection wells to dispose of wastewater when drilling for shale, but some have been linked to earthquakes in the United States. The hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, technology required to release gas trapped in rocks has been used at only one well in Britain. More »

  • Marathon Petroleum unit buys gas processor MarkWest
    Marathon Petroleum unit buys gas processor MarkWest Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    MPLX LP, the pipeline unit of Marathon Petroleum, said it was buying natural gas processor MarkWest Energy Partners for $15.8 billion in cash and shares More »

  • OPEC sees more balanced oil market in 2016
    OPEC sees more balanced oil market in 2016 Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    By Christopher Johnson and Libby George LONDON (Reuters) - The oil market should be more balanced next year as China and the developing world use more oil while supply of fuel from North American shale grows more slowly, OPEC said on Monday. In its monthly report, the 12-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said it expected world oil demand to increase by 1.34 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2016, up from growth of 1.28 million bpd this year. World oil demand growth should outpace any increase in oil supply from non-OPEC sources and ultra-light oils such as condensate, increasing consumption of OPEC crude, it said. More »

  • Truss 'held back' on fracking risk
    Truss 'held back' on fracking risk Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Environment Secretary has been urged to apologise to communities facing fracking for "holding back" evidence of the risks of shale exploration in rural areas. More »

  • Fracking Could Hit House Prices - Official Report
    Fracking Could Hit House Prices - Official Report Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Fracking in rural areas of the country could reduce house prices, increase noise pollution and damage the landscape, a draft official report released by the government reveals. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was forced to release the report by the Information Commissioner following a request under environmental information laws. Defra had initially published a heavily redacted version of the document - titled Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts - last summer, but was told the full version must now be made public. More »

  • If I'm Lib Dem leader, we'll oppose fracking
    If I'm Lib Dem leader, we'll oppose fracking Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Climate change is the biggest threat to our values, our way of life, and our very survival. By making sure that ambitious targets were adopted under the fourth carbon budget, putting in place the world’s first low carbon energy market and green investment bank and nearly trebling the share of UK electricity produced from renewable sources, we set the UK on the path to a low carbon economy. My big fear is that, at a crucial time for action on climate change, greener growth and environmental conservation, the Conservatives will take the country backwards. More »

  • Big setback for fracking industry
    Big setback for fracking industry Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Prospects for the shale gas industry in the UK have suffered a setback after county councillors voted against plans for exploratory fracking. More »

  • UK officials block key shale gas project in blow to industry
    UK officials block key shale gas project in blow to industry Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps and Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - British local government officials rejected a fracking project in northwest England on Monday, dealing a blow to Britain's shale gas sector that is supported by Prime Minister David Cameron's government. Officials at Lancashire County Council spurned a planning application lodged by Cuadrilla Resources, saying the project would have an unacceptable visual and noise impact. The unexpected refusal came four days after the same officials rejected another Cuadrilla shale gas application, showing the strength of local opposition to unconventional gas production. More »

  • Fracking Plans For Lancashire Are Rejected
    Fracking Plans For Lancashire Are Rejected Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Plans by Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas in Lancashire have been rejected by county councillors. The company had been seeking permission for exploratory drilling and fracking in Little Plumpton, between Preston and Blackpool. However, members of Lancashire County Council's development control committee voted 10-4 to reject the application. More »

  • Blow to fracking as drilling plans rejected
    Blow to fracking as drilling plans rejected Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Britain's hopes of expanding its shale gas industry suffered a blow Monday when local authorities rejected plans for an exploratory fracking site in northwest England following protests. More »

  • Sitdown Sunday: Meet the Mormon gay men married to women
    Sitdown Sunday: Meet the Mormon gay men married to women Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The very best of the week’s writing from around the web. More »

  • British officials reject key shale gas fracking application
    British officials reject key shale gas fracking application Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    British officials on Thursday rejected a Cuadrilla Resources application for shale gas fracking in northwest England, a landmark decision that is likely to deter potential investors in Britain's nascent shale gas industry. The company's project at Roseacre Wood near Blackpool could have become one of Britain's first shale gas production sites, but the permit refusal demonstrates the continuing difficulties shale exploration companies face in overcoming local opposition. Officials at Lancashire County Council rejected Cuadrilla's permit application to hydraulically fracture at the site on the basis that the work would create too much traffic. More »

  • UK officials delay decision on key shale gas permit again Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    British officials have adjourned until Monday the process for deciding whether to grant shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources a project planning permit in northwest England. If approved, the shale gas project at Preston New Road near Blackpool could become Britain's first producing shale gas site. A decision was expected on Wednesday, but councillors at the Lancashire County Council decided to gather additional legal advice and deferred a vote until next week. More »

  • Lancashire fracking decision delay
    Lancashire fracking decision delay Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Councillors have deferred a decision on a planning application to frack for shale gas in Lancashire until next Monday. More »

  • Protests Ahead Of Lancashire Fracking Vote
    Protests Ahead Of Lancashire Fracking Vote Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Hundreds of people have been demonstrating in Lancashire as they await a decision on the future of two proposed shale gas exploration sites. Earlier this year Preston Council planning officers recommended approval of fracking at one site, Preston New Road. They opposed a second site, at Roseacre Wood, but only on traffic issues, not because of any health or pollution concerns from fracking itself. More »

  • UK officials delay shale permit decision to Wednesday Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    British officials have adjourned until Wednesday the process for deciding on whether to grant shale gas firm Cuadrilla a project planning permit in northwest England. Officials at Lancashire County Council deferred a decision to Wednesday as they ran out of time whilst hearing evidence that included testimonials from local residents and businesses. The officials will decide whether to grant a second shale gas planning application submitted by Cuadrilla on Thursday. More »

  • Councillors urged to 'be brave'
    Councillors urged to 'be brave' Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Residents living near a proposed fracking site have urged councillors to "be brave" and refuse to give it the go-ahead. More »

  • End of wind subsidy 'bad for bills'
    End of wind subsidy 'bad for bills' Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Plans to end subsidies for new onshore wind farms will push up energy bills, the Government has been warned. More »