The Online public consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) ends in 10 days (06/07/2014).
What’s included in the Bill?
The proposed Infrastructure Bill mandates that local councils relinquish 90% of their brownfield land to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Brownfield sites are previously developed sites that have become vacant, contaminated but could be reused and include arks, playing fields, allotments, woodlands, public facilities and village greens.
The UK Government’s consultation on proposals to reform the procedure for gaining underground access to oil or gas deposits and geothermal energy is open until 11:45 pm on the 15th of August 2014.
Writing to consultations can be daunting and time consuming, so we at FrackFree York have prepared an example response to the consultation to give you an idea of things you could write about.
Consultation responses are far more effective if they’re unique and written in your own words. Please do not copy this response but use it as an aid to craft an answer that is meaningful to you.
Potential issues you could include in your response are:
- water pollution/contamination
- air pollution/contamination
- noise pollution
- soil pollution/contamination
- seismic risk
- traffic considerations
- logistics of the proposed compensation scheme
- adequacy of remuneration in the compensation scheme
- potential for abuse of the compensation scheme
- alternatives to fossil fuel extraction
Example answer in Word Document Format: URN 14D-099 Underground Drilling Access
Example Answer in PDF format: URN 14D-099 Underground Drilling Access
All consultation documents and the link to respond can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/underground-drilling-access
One of our members has made an excellent video explaining Fracking: what it is,how it works, and why it matters.
Watch the video live on Youtube and don’t forget to subscribe!
John Cossam, of FrackFree York is currently on BBC Radio York talking about the Queen’s speech and the announcement of the changes to trespass laws to allow fracking in the UK.
Listen live here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioyork
Equipment for exploratory drilling and a ‘minifrac’ is arriving imminently at two sites in East Yorkshire. They urgently need more people to support the community protection camps.
The sites are at Crawberry Hill, near Beverley, HU17 8RU and West Newton, HU11 5DA
More info from http://eastyorkshireprotectors.wordpress.com/
Battle for Crawberry Hill: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/754977214555224/
Hull and East Yorkshire Against Fracking:
East Yorkshire Frack Free: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/1385178025060102/
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The UK Government is currently holding a consultation on proposals to reform the procedure for gaining underground access to oil or gas deposits and geothermal energy.
We are please to announce that on the 26th of April, FrackFree York will be running a stall in the centre of York. We are pleased to be collaborating with York Greenpeace who will be running their Not For Shale stall alongside us and we will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have regarding Fracking, possible changes to the trespass law and environmental issues.
We will have our petition to City of York Council on-hand, so if you wish you, you may sign this also.
We will be in town from 11:00 until 15:00, so why not pop along and say hello?
The latest phase of consultation on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan for the City of York, North Yorkshire and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, who together make up our local Minerals Planning Authority, closes this Friday (11 April) at 5pm.
At this stage the consultation is putting out for responses to a number of ‘issues and options’ including shale gas, coal bed methane and underground coal gasification – all methods of extreme energy extraction.
For all those who are concerned about the impacts of extreme energy extraction, this consultation represents a massive opportunity to influence the planning framework. The final Minerals and Waste Plan and the policies it contains will be the benchmark by which any future planning applications for fracking and unconventional gas in our area will be accepted or rejected. If we can prevent (or at least make as difficult as possible) the approval of planning applications for exploration or development sites, this will put a significant barrier in the path of the UK fracking industry.
Have your say! The plan document for consultation is a mammoth 368 pages long, but the key questions to respond to on fracking are questions 70 and 71 (chapter 5, sections 5.124 and 5.136). We think that the options presented do not go far enough, and the plan should incorporate a policy against fracking within the plan area, at least until a regulatory framework is in place that can guarantee:
- no fugitive emissions of uncaptured natural gas (see this review of impacts in the US)
- no pollution of groundwater – requiring a full 3D geological survey
- a safe and suitable disposal regime for flowback – the polluted fluids which emerge from the well after fracking has taken place (see this excellent article on fracking and water pollution)
- the long-term monitoring, maintenance and decommissioning of wells.
We would encourage policy that required Environmental Impact Assessments as standard, the application of the precautionary principle and the setting of the site boundaries in 3-D (thereby extending the site boundary in the case of horizontal drilling).
The whole document is very vague about unconventional gas. After you have responded to the specific questions 70 and 71, make as much use as you can of the response form’s invitation to Further Comments.
The consultation document is here: http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/mwconsult. Thanks to Friends of the Earth for their input to the above advice.