Greenpeace: Landowners can work together to block fracking
Campaigners change tack in fight against fracking
JONATHAN BROWN Author Biography MONDAY 14 OCTOBER
Householders are being urged to block plans for widescale fracking in
Britain by denying permission for drilling companies to extract oil and
gas from underneath their homes.
Environmental group Greenpeace is calling on local residents who oppose
shale gas or oil exploitation near them to join together to assert, what
they claim, are common law rights to forbid the trespass of energy
firms from conducting activities below their property.
The legal challenge, which was launched in Preston, Lancashire, was
joined by residents from the Fylde and campaigners from Balcombe, West
Sussex, who have been fighting Cuadrilla over energy exploration close to
Lawyers for Greenpeace claim that a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 in which
Mohammed Al-Fayed sought a share of the proceeds from an energy firm
after it drilled for oil under his Surrey estate paves the way for mass
action by concerned citizens.
Five justices rejected the former Harrods owners demands for
compensation and damages but unanimously upheld the claim of
Environmentalists said that ordinary homeowners must give their
permission before horizontal drilling - which could see gas removed from
under their land - can begin close by and claimed that the industry is
planning to ride roughshod over individual rights in the dash to recover
oil and gas
However, the industry group representing operators described the
challenge as extremely misleading. The UK Onshore Operators Group said
in a statement: Operators in this country are abiding by the law, which
states that activities at depths of over a mile under the ground do not
impact landowners. However, in line with the law, operators will inform
all landowners in a very clear and transparent manner.
Under UK law, underground resources are the property of the Crown. The
Government is in the process of issuing a 14 round of licences for
petrochemicals which campaigners say will cover two thirds of England.
Green groups fear it could lead to mass industrialisation of the
countryside whilst polluting water and air around exploration sites.
A moratorium on fracking activities which involves fracturing gas-rich
shale rock with water, sand and chemicals - was lifted in 2012 following
concerns over two seismic events around Blackpool.
The Government remains keenly committed to exploiting unconventional
energy reserves. This summer the British Geological Survey estimated 130
trillion cubic feet of shale gas could be recoverable onshore, mainly
from across the north of England - the equivalent of 40 years of UK
Greenpeace spokeswoman Anna Jones however said fracking was a
"desperate ploy" by the Government to keep the UK hooked on
She said: "Fracking is risky for local environments, risky for our
water supplies and risky for the global climate. People are right to
stand up and say 'not under my land you don't'."
Andrew Pemberton, a Lancashire dairy farmer said he was worried for the
ecology of the Fylde near Blackpool and would be joining the protest.
"I'm supplying milk to 3,000 households, and if for any reason my
water became contaminated, my business would be ruined and my livelihood
destroyed, as well as the livelihoods of the 16 families who work for me.
Fracking is dangerous and short-sighted. We should be keeping this gas in
the ground, he said.
Francis Egan, Cuadrilla CEO, said: "This country pioneered
subsurface infrastructure. All of our existing subsurface underground
rail, water, gas, telecommunications and electric development has
historically succeeded in legal coexistence with surface property rights.
Newer technology such as geothermal energy and carbon capture and storage
will also have to negotiate this.
Brennan - Wikileaks
On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The
Global Intelligence Files
, over five million e-mails from the
Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The
e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the
inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but
provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such
as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon
and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland
Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The
emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment
laundering techniques and psychological methods.
Obama Leak Investigations (internal use only - pls do not
Released on 2012-09-10 00:00 GMT
Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists
information from inside the beltway sources.
Note -- There is specific tasker from the WH to go after anyone
materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is
shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode...
Germany Outlines New Strategy for a European Army
Rather than create a European army all at once, Germany should focus on
building it bit by bit, according to a paper published this month by the
Konrad Adenauer Foundation (kaf). Germany should develop islands of
cooperationsmall groups of countries whose militaries work
togetherthat can be used as building blocks of a pan-European military
power, it wrote.
To dedicated Trumpet readers, this should sound very familiar. It is
exactly what we described Germany doing in the August print edition of
the Trumpet. Now you can read it in black and white, from a think tank
that describes itself as closely associated with the Christian
Democratic Union of Germany (cdu)the party of Angela Merkel.