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Out of Work, North Sea Oil Workers Switching to Battery-Powered Jobs

Windpower engineer

Redundant North Sea energy workers are offered free football tickets to build revolutionary new electricity storage systems, writes Terry Macalister at Climate News Network.

Highly-skilled engineers – many of them recently made redundant – are being offered free football tickets to switch from the fossil fuel industry to work on a green battery boom.

This is because the “big six” utilities (the UK’s largest energy suppliers), industrial firms and individual householders are all installing storage systems to back up wind, solar and gas-fired power.

redT energy, a UK company which has developed its own storage technology, says it is doubling staff and already hiring former oil workers. The recruitment drive is helped by the fact that the low price of crude since 2014 has meant tens of thousands of workers have lost jobs in Aberdeen, the unofficial capital of the British oil industry.

Fracking Progress Stalled as Protesters Step Up Action Against Shale Gas Company Cuadrilla in Lancashire

fracking protest

By Laura Creighton, reporting from Lancashire

Two lorries attempting to make their way in and out of shale gas company Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site have been stopped in their tracks by protesters.

Two men managed to jump on top of the lorries after several people ran in front of them to slow them down. The first lorry was stopped at around 12.30pm, with the second vehicle mounted a couple of hours later.

Protesters said they expected them to remain on the lorries “for several hours”, disrupting supplies to and from the site.

Two-Thirds of Lancashire Residents Oppose Fracking near their Homes — Survey

Signs outside Westby weather station near the Preston New Road fracking site

In the 2017 general election, Theresa May's Conservatives were the only party to support fracking despite its unpopularity nationwide. Now a new poll shows local residents in Lancashire  an area on the frontline of fracking  are against having shale gas developments near their homes, as Ruth Hayhurst reports for Drill or Drop.

Two-thirds of people surveyed in Lancashire opposed fracking within five miles of their home, according to a new poll published today.

August Date Set for Court of Appeal Hearing on Cuadrilla’s Fracking Site

Preston new road action group

By Ruth Hayhurst, DrillorDrop.

The next stage in a legal battle over ministerial approval of fracking in Lancashire reaches the Court of Appeal in London in August.

The court has confirmed that separate challenges brought by campaigners, the Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman, will be heard over two days at the Royal Courts of Justice, starting on 30 August.

Both cases argue that the decision to grant planning permission for the Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site was unlawful. The approval, by the Communities’ Secretary, Sajid Javid, in October 2016 overturned the refusal by Lancashire County Council but followed the recommendation of an inspector at a public inquiry.

Yorkshire Fracking Company Receives Official Warning Over Incorrect Emissions Data

Third Energy sign

By Ruth Hayhurst, DrillOrDrop

The shale gas company preparing to frack in North Yorkshire breached one of its environmental permits by failing to publish correct emissions data, it has emerged.

Third Energy received an official warning from the Environment Agency for the breach, which concerned air quality data at the Knapton Generating Station in the Vale of Pickering.

The company was also criticised for failing to use an agreed method to monitor groundwater quality at a nearby gas well.

Op-Ed: Glacial Progress at Bonn Climate Talks Shows Why we Need to Exclude Big Polluters From Negotiations

Bonn climate talks

When it comes to the fossil fuel industry participating in UN climate negotiations, it’s clear there is a conflict of interest – and demands for this to end are nothing new. But after fierce resistance to this idea during talks in Bonn last week from the EU, US and Australia, more needs to be done, argues Pascoe Sabido of Corporate Europe Observatory. With just six months to go before November’s COP23 climate negotiations, calls for big polluters to be excluded from the talks are growing.

Last May at the same ‘intersessional’ climate talks in Bonn, a group of countries representing more than 70 percent of the world's population insisted on adding a conflict of interest provision in the negotiating text. It almost made it, were it not for an underhand move by the European Union and the USA which saw it removed.

Pulling the strings behind such moves: the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.

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