The Independent – ” Fracking expansion in UK would leave Coalition’s green credentials ‘in tatters’, say campaigners “

The Indepenent – “The great rush: Government to give green light to mass exploration for shale gas”
‘Fracking’ exploration could affect 60 per cent of UK, despite safety fears.

Greenpeace Energydesk
As chancellor George Osborne prepares to announce new tax breaks for shale a series of document obtained by Energydesk FOI requests reveal the inside story on how regulators started to get to grip with fracking in the UK…

Drinking water in West Sussex
In April this year concerns were raised in the Sussex Village of Balcome over proposals by US firm Cuadrilla to drill for shale in the area…

Scale of fracking
West Sussex isn’t the only part of the country where fracking is likely. A briefing for ministers at DEFRA lays out the areas where the government expects new drilling with operations spreading far beyond the current North East trials…

Pressure on EA
The documents also reveal how the EA’s risk assessment on shale may have been driven as much by PR as by scientific concerns…

Fuitive emissions & Exxon’s involvement
Because methane gas, when unburnt, is 21 times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide any leakage from fracking could significantly increase its impact on the climate…