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By Ruth Hayhurst, DrillorDrop
A judge has ruled that an injunction obtained against anti-fracking protesters by INEOS Shale should continue
Earlier this month, INEOS – the UK’s largest holder of shale gas exploration licences – asked the High Court to extend the order.
Two environmental campaigners who opposed the order argued it was “unprecedented” and “draconian” and should be dismissed.
On 23 November, Mr Justice Morgan ruled that the interim injunction should remain in place. The campaigners can appeal. A future trial would be needed to make the order permanent.
The High Court has ruled that the UK government’s rules on access to the court system for people trying to protect the environment are unlawful and must be changed.
The ruling was in response to a case brought by three environmental NGOs after the government introduced new rules In February that exposed people and organisations to potentially unlimited legal costs when pursuing an environmental case against the government.
ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB argued the rule change would have a “chilling effect” on environmental legal cases, and decided to challenge the government in the courts.
The Mail on Sunday has been forced to publish a 659-word correction to an article alleging a scientific study exaggerated the extent of global warming and was rushed in an attempt to influence the Paris Agreement negotiations.
A trustee of the UK climate science denial think tank the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has just been reappointed to a parliamentary science committee.
Labour MP Graham Stringer was appointed unopposed this week to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The all-male group is tasked with making sure government decisions are based on sound scientific evidence.
Stringer has been on the committee before, between 2015 and May 2017. During this same time he joined the GWPF’s Board of Trustees in July 2015. The GWPF continues to dismiss the overwhelming evidence on climate change as it lobbies against taking action to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Most recently it admitted to using fake data during Lord Lawson’s widely-criticised BBC interview.
Megan Darby reports for Climate Home on how a UK proposal for its future relationship with the EU calls for cooperation on energy security, but makes no mention of the Paris Agreement — a stated priority in Brussels.
The UK government made no mention of climate change in a paper published Tuesday on its proposed foreign policy relationship with the EU after Brexit.
The document calls for continued cooperation on defence and security issues, including energy security, as Britain prepares to leave the EU, emphasising shared values and interests. But fails to mention climate change, which the EU ranks among its foreign policy priorities.
Local councils, police, and companies are increasingly trying to restrict how anti-fracking campaigners can protest shale gas development in Britain.
Over the past two months, there have been three separate instances of new rules being developed to limit protesters’ activities.
By Ruth Hayhurst at DrillorDrop.
The anti-fracking campaigner, Joe Corre, is to go to court next week to oppose an injunction brought by INEOS Upstream against shale gas protesters.
Corre, son of fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, said on 6 September:
“Someone has to stand up against these disgusting bully boy tactics”.
Is the coal industry on its last legs in Europe? A quick look at the statistics suggests it might be.
Since 2007, coal power production has fallen by about 20 percent, and several EU countries, including the UK, have pledged to phase-out coal completely before 2030.
But coal is not dead yet.