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  • Greenpeace warns Government after new fracking licences awarded
    Greenpeace warns Government after new fracking licences awarded Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Government has been warned it has fired the starting gun on a fight for the countryside after 1,000 more square miles of England were opened up for fracking. More »

  • Why Obama's Proposal to Slash Methane Emissions Is a Really Big Deal
    Why Obama's Proposal to Slash Methane Emissions Is a Really Big Deal Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Obama administration announced yet another blockbuster climate change reform on Tuesday morning: the first-ever federal proposal to significantly cut methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. The rule will also set limits on the release of volatile organic carbons, a key precursor of ozone pollution, from "new and modified" gas facilities and pipelines as well as from fracking wells, notorious for spewing methane and ozone pollution. Methane is the primary component of natural gas and a fierce driver of climate change. More »

  • Britain offers new shale gas sites for first time in seven years Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps and Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain offered shale gas exploration licences for the first time in seven years on Tuesday, awarding new sites to companies including IGas and France's GDF Suez . Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to go "all out for shale", hoping it will help reduce dependence on energy imports and generate additional tax revenue, despite opposition from environmental campaigners. Many other European countries, including France and Germany, have banned the use of shale gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, due to environmental concerns. More »

  • Labour Leadership Contest: Guide To The Candidates And Their Policies
    Labour Leadership Contest: Guide To The Candidates And Their Policies Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Here are the four candidates who are seeking to replace Ed Miliband - alongside a handy fact file on where they each stand on key issues. More »

  • Britain changes rules to fast-track shale gas permits
    Britain changes rules to fast-track shale gas permits Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    By Karolin Schaps and Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will give its communities minister the power to directly approve shale gas permits, removing decision-making from local politicians who have in the past months blocked the progress of Britain's first such wells. New rules, applicable immediately, will allow government intervention to approve or reject permits and will also mean appeals involving shale gas projects will be given priority. The government also said it would present proposals later this year to create a sovereign wealth fund from returns generated from shale gas production. More »

  • Government Can Step In To Fast-Track Fracking
    Government Can Step In To Fast-Track Fracking Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Ministers have been granted the right to take decision-making on controversial shale gas applications away from local authorities in a bid to fast-track fracking. Under the new measures, local authorities will have to forfeit the right to determine an application if they are found to be taking too long to make a decision. In recent months councils have turned down applications in potential shale areas including Lancashire and Sussex. More »

  • Ministers 'could take over fracking applications'
    Ministers 'could take over fracking applications' Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Ministers could take over decision-making from local councils on any planning application for fracking under new measures. More »

  • Friday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • ‘She has good and bad days’ – Berkeley victim’s cousin says she faces long road …
    ‘She has good and bad days’ – Berkeley victim’s cousin says she faces long road … Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A fundraising event is being held in Donnybrook in Dublin this weekend. More »

  • There won’t be enough priests for Ireland – but regular people will step in …
  • Almost 100,000 cars in Ireland don’t get driven at all
  • 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 »