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Josh Fox tried reviving a fading career by attaching himself to UK fractivists, doing a BBC interview that blew up and showed we’ve reached “peak protest.”
A great piece directed towards the gas and industry audience this week in Upstream Online. Some highlights:
The UK government’s decision to overturn local council objections to shale gas drilling in the north of England is a significant step forward for the industry….
Although the issue was quickly investigated, the shale debate has been dominated in the intervening period, largely by critics from environmental groups and local communities.
That has made it hard for local councils to give go-aheads, even if they felt minded to on the basis of jobs and other benefits.
A new post-Brexit vote national government, however, has the headwind to make bold decisions.
It has already given the green light to a controversial new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point and has now moved to face down the anti-frackers by siding with Cuadrilla Resources in Lancashire….
The UK shale industry now has clear and unequivocal backing from the government and should be able to proceed with new wells.
But the battle to win public acceptance is far from won.
In the upstream industry, below ground risk is geological, and we’re gradually peeling away the layers. Resource assessments from the best in the field, De Golyer Mac Naughton for Igas (a comparatively small player in UK shale) are certain to attract attention in the investment sector.