Re: oops - that was meant to read disgusting ***k*** MSM nm
Posted by Ian M on April 30, 2019, 5:29 pm, in reply to "oops - that was meant to read disgusting ***k*** MSM nm "
Drill or drop background article: https://drillordrop.com/2019/04/28/shale-gas-commissioner-resigns/ |
Excerpt (my emph):
'During her time as shale gas commissioner, Ms Engel has never made a secret of her support for fracking and repeatedly said she was not impartial.
She wrote to newspapers to complain when they referred to tremors caused by fracking at Preston New Road as earthquakes. This was despite the use of “earthquakes” by the British Geological Survey (BGS) on its website for all seismic activity measured in the British Isles.
She told an industry seminar before Easter that renewables could not replace gas and locally-produced gas would have a lower carbon footprint that imported LNG.
The Mail on Sunday quoted her as saying: by denying ourselves shale gas, “we are also depriving the Treasury of huge tax revenues, which could be spent on schools or the NHS”.
Ms Engel has also been very critical of environmental and climate change campaigners who oppose shale gas. In the Mail on Sunday, she refers to the Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg:
“I cannot understand why politicians would rather listen to a teenager who tells children not go to school because they will soon be dead rather than looking at ways of reducing our emissions by taking gas out of the ground here.
“We should be giving our children a positive and hopeful message: telling them to go to school, go to university, to become scientists and innovators who can find the answers to climate change.”
“I was really excited to be part of a vision for the future, that would help restore Britain’s reputation as a creative, forward-looking country which took both emissions targets and prosperity seriously.
“But for reasons I cannot fathom, the Government’s approach is not leadership, but paralysis.”
She said a small minority of residents were opposed to fracking. But they were heavily outnumbered, she said, by people who want what she described as the benefits that fracking could bring.
The government’s latest survey of public opinion on fracking puts support at a record low of 13% and opposition at a near high of 35%.
Ms Engel also told the Mail on Sunday that geologists and industry had “fiercely objected” to the 0.5ML threshold when it was set in 2012.
But correspondence reported by DrillOrDrop shows that Cuadrilla worked with officials on the threshold. Last year, the energy minister, Claire Perry, responded to Cuadrilla’s criticism of the traffic light system, saying “at no point did you communicate that it would not be possible to proceed without a change in regulations”.'
Also this follow-up https://drillordrop.com/2019/04/28/diary-of-a-shale-gas-commissioner/ notes that she had
'had more than twice as many appointments with business than residents, according to government records. But we won’t know what she discussed with fracking companies because she reportedly deleted emails and meeting notes.
Ms Engel was appointed on 1 October 2018 as a “point of contact with residents” to “listen to their concerns, refer them to relevant and factual research and help improve communication with regulation and industry”.
But government records, provided to DrillOrDrop, show that just 10% of her appointments in the first five months of her role were with residents.
More than a quarter of her appointments in that time were with business, including oil and gas operators. Nearly a fifth of meetings were with politicians and government departments.'
Nice and impartial then...
Also, it's a lie to make out that fracked gas has lower emissions - this article points out that the recent surge in global methane emissions is likely down to the fracking boom:
If I remember rightly industry regs only require measurement of emissions directly from fracking sites (and we all know we can trust them to report this honestly...) - but much of the leaked gas rises up and escapes elsewhere, unrecorded except, it would seem, on the global level.
Anyway, good to see the back of this sneering industry shill.
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