rodney dangerfieldEd Davey is the Rodney Dangerfield of British shale gas. He don’t get no respect. As one of the most powerful Liberal Democrats in the cabinet, he gets an inundation of abuse from Conservative bitter enders who still don’t get the difference between getting the most seats in the 2010 election, and not actually winning the election. Being a Lib Dem and the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, the right wing narrative is one of a Brussels stooge out to destroy the shale industry. 

Therefore. any positive statements he makes on shale gas can be conveniently ignored.  

The Green narrative (no longer-left BTW), is one where he has to pay lip service to his Conservative partners, especially Chancellor Osborne. He’s secretly one of ours seems to be the message. 

Therefore. any positive statements he makes on shale gas can be conveniently ignored.

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  • Ed Davey is the Energy Minister. If you are frustrated by the lack of progress on fracking, isn't he the guy you should be blaming?
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  • Draughtsman

    TooWindy - Yes, but when it comes to wind 'farms' local council opposition is often over ridden on an appeal from the developers. It will be interesting to see what happens in this regard if fracking ever does get going. I suspect there will be a bad case of double standards vis a vis wind and shale...
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  • TooWindy

    One has to follow the UK shale politics to upstanding that all these empty rhetoric from Ed Davey, Fallon, Cameron mean nothing for shale development or UK energy security or competitiveness. They have meaningless in making things things happen and moving. They have no power in these issue because t...
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Ukraina Hotel Moscow Russia MoscowOne of my stranger speaker invitations recently was earlier this month in Moscow to an Adam Smith conference on Russia EOR (enhanced oil recovery), where I found myself in the ironic position of giving a presentation to reassure the audience that fracking,for oil was safe.

Fracking is fracking and there is little or no difference between the methods used for gas or oil. Oil fracking in it’s modern form of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing using less chemicals than before was introduced by Harold Hamm in the North Dakota Bakken about ten years ago and the impact on US oil is now well known. The Bakken turned around the idea that US oil had peaked, and the technology rippled out to the Eagle Ford, Permian and Niobrara formations. One of the nails in the Peak Oil coffin has been the realisation by even the conventional wisdom this year that shale oil can go international. It’s already happening in Argentina, Australia and China, but the big prize is in Russia’s Bazhenov shale in Western Siberia.

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  • Alex K.

    It's easy to find info on fracking in Russia since the largest providers are publicly traded. The largest contractor by job count is probably C.A.T.oil, which does about 30% of all fracs in Russia. Then there's Trican and Calfrac and Schlumberger, of course. I would guess about 9,000 frac jobs were ...
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complaintsThey say things often end with a whimper, not a bang, but the UK shale debate seems to be ending not with a bang, or a drought, or an earthquake, but with a whinge.

Has it really come to this? I share the big picture issues with Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth over the climate and shale, even when I think they overstate environmental concerns. But surely they must be disappointed that according to the majority of reporting on the UK Strategic Environmental Assessment of Shale, the vital big global picture is ignored by petty concerns that are literally pedestrian:

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  • John Page

    Richard North (who knows his EU) picks up its initiative on shale<br /><br />http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=84557<br /><br />No good pretending it will just peter out....
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  • John Wilkinson

    Excellent work you do Nick.<br />Unfortunately Shale is governed as an EU competence (Energy) and what we are up against is a mammoth task.<br />Our crass government (and Labour) will not achieve much in the E.U. and I fear it will take years to get our reserves of shale gas on stream.&l...
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jed clampettOne of several paradoxes in the UK and European shale debate has been how it’s been entirely about shale gas. In that respect it mirrors the debate in the US, where the Gasland anti-fracker movement has been almost exclusively against natural gas. Why aren’t people protesting about oil?

In the UK,  the Great Gas Gala had two incongruities, the first being one of how effective a contribution does a demonstration, of up to 2,000 people, make against the chief residents’ concern of increased traffic.

The second enigma, which the UK media has mostly ignored, is that Cuadrilla have noted from the very first public meeting in January last year, that they are searching for oil.

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  • Dom Ramos

    You seem to be forgetting we shouldn't be getting more fossil fuels of any sort out out of the ground. We have vital international commitments to move away from fossil fuels- full stop. Gas was identified by The Society of Scientific Society Presidents, representing the leadership of about 1.4 milli...
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  • Andy

    One possible reason that they ignore oil might be paraphrased from the great Jim Carrey movie Liar, Liar:<br />Because it is devastating to their case!
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  • Geoffrey Cann

    Australia has the same narrow anti-fracking debate except it's about coal seam gas. If only farmers and cars used natural gas as a fuel, then this debate would change.
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