Category Archives: Gas

SMAUG seeks to slay SNP support for fracking

The prize for best campaign acronym must surely go to the SNP anti-fracking pressure group SMAUG. The new group, SNP Members Against Unconventional Oil and Gas (SMAUG), has been set up with a view to persuading the party leadership to take a tougher stance on the issue. It is calling for Underground Coal Gasification [UCG], …

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Cluff pulls back from Underground Coal Gasification (UGC) project

There will be some relief at the news that plans for Scotland’s first Underground Coal Gasification (UGC) project have been put on hold. The developers, Cluff Natural Resources cited the uncertainty over the outcome of the Scottish Government’s energy commission, which reports in September, as well as a motion at the SNP conference for UGC …

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Fracking developments

The decision by Lancashire County Council to reject planning applications for shale gas is an important, but not fatal, development to the fracking industry. Certainly not in Scotland. Lancashire councillors have rejected planning applications by Cuadrilla at Roseacre Wood (June 25) and Little Plumpton (June 29) despite the conditional approval of planning officers. The assessments …

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Assurances given on fracking?

In a new twist on the fracking moratorium, the Scottish Government has admitted the First Minister held talks with Ineos on the same day, and even roughly the same time, energy minister Fergus Ewing announced a moratorium on granting planning permission for unconventional oil and gas developments. In January, the firm argued fracking was safe …

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Fracking kicked into election long grass

Will the Scottish Government’s fracking moratorium and consultation be the end of fracking in Scotland, or just a temporary delay? Rob Edwards in the Sunday Herald, reports that the Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, is planning to announce that the Scottish Government’s consultation will begin in November and run until January. When he announced a temporary …

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Ineos threats over fracking

Perhaps the least surprising energy story of recent weeks has been INEOS threatening the future of their Grangemouth plant if unconventional gas extraction (fracking) is not allowed in Scotland. We were told at the time of the last crisis by INEOS that their business plan was based on importing gas from the USA. Many of …

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SNP running out of places to hide on fracking

It sometimes feels that fracking is the only energy issue in the UK at present. However, developments this week make it much less likely that we will see unconventional gas being used in Scotland or the rest of the UK. Two weeks ago, here at Utilities Scotland, Dave Watson set out the shrewd politics behind …

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Fracking – over to you!

Some astute politics by Labour and Tom Greatrex MP puts decisions on fracking very firmly in the Scottish Government’s court. The Smith Agreement proposes the devolution of licences for gas exploration. The political significance is that the Scottish Government Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, has used the UK government’s plans on underground access rights, to give …

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Coalition against Ineos fracking plans

Fracking is back in the news with the announcement that Ineos, the owners of the Grangemouth plant, has £640 million plans for shale gas exploration and appraisal. It already has two licences for extracting from under the ground near its Grangemouth refinery, but is applying for more in Scotland and the north of England. Ineos …

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Ineos take a stake in Scottish unconventional gas drilling

As predicted by us and others, Grangemouth plant owner Ineos has taken a major step towards supplying the plant by unconventional gas from Scotland. The company has bought the majority share of a shale gas exploration licence for Scotland, increasing the likelihood of the controversial drilling technique used for extracting oil or natural gas from …

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