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Judge who jailed fracking protestors linked to oil and gas industry

Article submitted by Gabriel Otwerah At a time when environmental issues are getting alarmingly acute, a judge with a conflict of interest sentenced three fracking activists to prison for public nuisance. Some may be disconcerted to note that this is the first time environmental protesters getting jailed in the UK since 1932. It is even more alarming that the judge[Read More…]

UK government creates laws to fast-track fracking and bypass public consent

UK government creates laws to fast-track fracking and bypass public consent

The government has pressed ahead with its plans to do more fracking in Blackpool, despite widespread protests. The government has launched two consultations to fast-track fracking bids. People have until October 25 to take part. One proposal is to allow shale gas exploration schemes to go-ahead without the need for a planning application by turning them into a “permitted development.”[Read More…]

California drinking water contaminated with gallons of toxic waste

California drinking water contaminated with gallons of toxic waste

Tonnes of radioactive and toxic waste has been dumped into central California drinking-water by fracking companies, it has been revealed. Some 3 billion gallons of wastewater has been reported to have been deposited into drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination. The Center for Biological Diversity, the California State Water Resources[Read More…]

Court judgement gives US towns the power to ban fracking

Court judgement gives US towns the power to ban fracking

A new ruling has given US towns the power to ban fracking within municipal borders, it has been revealed. The New York Court of Appeals has helped to set a new precedent by ruling that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production, within municipal borders. Many other[Read More…]

National parks opened up to fracking

National parks opened up to fracking

National parks and other areas of natural beauty could be opened up for fracking, it has been announced. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that these conservation areas along with urban commons and cities across the UK are to be opened up for fracking and other forms of oil and gas exploration, despite widespread opposition to[Read More…]