Fracking report 'heavily redacted'

Plans for fracking have proven divisive

Plans for fracking have proven divisive

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The Government has been accused of using "misleading" information in a public consultation over new under-house fracking plans.

Greenpeace claimed that a report likely to include evidence crucial to proposals had been "heavily redacted".

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) is consulting on access rights for oil and gas exploration, including the drilling of wells under private land and houses.

Greenpeace has asked the Government to scrap the consultation because of "defects" it claimed would lead the public to believe the proposed changes were only minor when in fact they were "significant".

Greenpeace UK energy campaigner Louise Hutchins said: "This consultation has failed the most basic requirement - being straightforward with the public by giving them the full facts.

"This is a botched job bearing all the hallmarks of a government ready to trample over basic principles of transparency and due process in order to make way for fracking. If ministers still want to pursue their highly controversial plans, the very least they can do is to take this consultation back to the drawing board.

"After a week of hype, spin, and secrecy around fracking, it looks like the public's trust in this Government may end up being the first victim of this dash for shale gas."

A Greenpeace spokesman added: "This consultation has failed the basic requirement of being straightforward and transparent with the public.

"If ministers don't discard this bungled process and start a fairer one, they'll lay themselves open to potential legal challenges. This is too important an issue to let the Government get away with a dismissive attitude towards people's views. We're keeping all our options open in challenging this reckless dash to frack."

A DECC spokesman said: "The consultation document clearly sets out the factors which the courts would take into account when considering an application on access to people's land.

"Far from hiding information, we made sure that there was a full explanation of the law on our website.

"Our proposals would allow shale development, while offering a fair deal for communities in return for underground access at depths so deep they will have no negative impact on landowners."

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12:24am Mon 18 Aug 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

Greenpiece should convert all their ships to wind power and bicycle to work ..... oh, wait a minute....
Greenpiece should convert all their ships to wind power and bicycle to work ..... oh, wait a minute.... moonrakin wurzel
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11:41am Sat 13 Sep 14

Dan Soton says...

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WARNING! .. Burning WOOD biomass reduces the biosphere's ability to absorb carbon.


WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!.. plans are afoot to build a land grabbing, pollution generating timber/grass incinerating Helius biomass plant in the heart of Southampton..




GREENHOUSE GAS LEVELS RISING AT FASTEST RATE SINCE 1984

9 September 2014 Last updated at 03:09

Matt McGrath By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News
A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures.

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty.

But the UK's energy secretary Ed Davey said that any such agreement might not contain legally binding emissions cuts, as has been previously envisaged.

The WMO's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin doesn't measure emissions from power station smokestacks but instead records how much of the warming gases remain in the atmosphere after the complex interactions that take place between the air, the land and the oceans.

The bulletin suggests that in 2013, the increase in CO2 was due not only to increased emissions but also to a reduced carbon uptake by the Earth's biosphere.

THE SCIENTISTS AT THE WMO ARE PUZZLED BY THIS DEVELOPMENT. THAT LAST TIME THERE WAS A REDUCTION IN THE BIOSPHERE'S ABILITY TO ABSORB CARBON WAS 1998, WHEN THERE WAS EXTENSIVE BURNING OF BIOMASS WORLDWIDE, COUPLED WITH EL NINO CONDITIONS.

"In 2013 there are no obvious impacts on the biosphere so it is more worrying," said Oksana Tarasova.


http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/science-enviro
nment-29115845


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,, WARNING! .. Burning WOOD biomass reduces the biosphere's ability to absorb carbon. WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!.. plans are afoot to build a land grabbing, pollution generating timber/grass incinerating Helius biomass plant in the heart of Southampton.. GREENHOUSE GAS LEVELS RISING AT FASTEST RATE SINCE 1984 9 September 2014 Last updated at 03:09 Matt McGrath By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News A surge in atmospheric CO2 saw levels of greenhouse gases reach record levels in 2013, according to new figures. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty. But the UK's energy secretary Ed Davey said that any such agreement might not contain legally binding emissions cuts, as has been previously envisaged. The WMO's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin doesn't measure emissions from power station smokestacks but instead records how much of the warming gases remain in the atmosphere after the complex interactions that take place between the air, the land and the oceans. The bulletin suggests that in 2013, the increase in CO2 was due not only to increased emissions but also to a reduced carbon uptake by the Earth's biosphere. THE SCIENTISTS AT THE WMO ARE PUZZLED BY THIS DEVELOPMENT. THAT LAST TIME THERE WAS A REDUCTION IN THE BIOSPHERE'S ABILITY TO ABSORB CARBON WAS 1998, WHEN THERE WAS EXTENSIVE BURNING OF BIOMASS WORLDWIDE, COUPLED WITH EL NINO CONDITIONS. "In 2013 there are no obvious impacts on the biosphere so it is more worrying," said Oksana Tarasova. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/science-enviro nment-29115845 ,,, Dan Soton
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