Report expected to show mass supplies of shale gas across the county

Swathes of Hampshire could be centre for fracking gas reserves

Swathes of Hampshire could be centre for fracking gas reserves

First published in News

A huge swathe of Hampshire could hold mass reserves of shale gas it was revealed today.

It comes as the it was announced that communities affected by controversial ``fracking'' will be offered an average of £800,000 in additional compensation in an effort to stave off opposition in Conservative heartlands, according to reports.

Prime Minister David Cameron, an avid supporter of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, will make the announcement as a survey is published showing the extent of shale gas reserves in the south of England, it has been reported.

The Government will hope the extra money quells criticism of plans to reform trespass laws to allow the fracking industry to grow to give Britain an alternative source of energy.

The compensation will be offered alongside one-off £100,000 payments in areas with fracking sites and a 1% share of profits made.

The announcement will come as the British Geological Survey (BGS) publishes a long-awaited study into the extent of shale gas reserves in the south of England.

According to the Times it is expected to show reserves in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, all areas where the Conservatives enjoy support.

Ministers firmly back the exploitation of shale gas reserves in rocks beneath the UK, claiming it could bring down energy bills and create thousands of jobs.

Environmental activists are bitterly opposed to the technique, which opponents say can increase climate change, cause small earthquakes and pollute water supplies.

The Prime Minsiter has insisted fracking will be ``good for our country'' and has blamed a ``lack of understanding'' of the process for some of the opposition.

Mr Cameron's Tory colleague Lord Howell, Chancellor George Osborne's father-in-law, has caused controversy by calling for fracking to be carried out in the ``desolate North''.

The BGS has already found large reserves of shale gas in the North but has now completed a months-long survey of the extent of it in the South.

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said fracking would not bring down energy bills as the gas or oil exploited would be sold on European markets and not used in the UK.

She said: ``Even the boss of (fracking firm) Cuadrilla has said fracking in Britain wouldn't reduce energy prices.

``Lord Stern has called it baseless economics and that's because here in the UK if we frack in the UK we don't actually use that gas or oil in the UK, it gets sold on European markets at the going price.

``That's very different from the (United) States where because it's a much bigger country and they are less locked into those bigger world markets they use their own gas and oil as they frack.

``Even the experts, even the people who are in the forefront of the fracking ideology are saying actually that it's not going to lead to lower prices so if you want lower prices you need to go down the renewable route.''

Andrew Austin, of IGas Energy, said his company already exploited oil and gas reserves in the south of England.

He said: ``We've known that there's a big potential for oil and gas exploration across the country but particularly in terms of oil in the Weald basin which is the area that stretches roughly from Winchester across towards Gatwick up to the M25 and down to the coast at Chichester.

``There's been a long history of oil and gas exploration in this area. we as a company produce oil and gas from around 20 sites across that area, around 40 million barrels have been recovered to date across that area.''

Friends of the Earth's South East regional campaigner Brenda Pollack questioned the timing of the announcement, coming after the local and European elections.

She said: ``These latest estimates will set alarm bells ringing across the south east of England where fracking firms seem intent on punching holes in some of Britain's most beautiful countryside in the search for profits.

``No wonder the Government waited until after the elections to make this announcement as Lord Howell recently warned that fracking will cost the Tories thousands of votes in their heartlands.

``Shale oil and gas are not the solution to the UK's energy challenges. Rather than drilling for more dirty fossil fuels that will add to climate change, the Government should be backing renewable power and energy efficiency.''

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2:11am Fri 23 May 14

mrs pepperpot says...

Frack off.
Frack off. mrs pepperpot
  • Score: 1

4:59am Fri 23 May 14

Major Ray Cist says...

I say just get on with it !
I say just get on with it ! Major Ray Cist
  • Score: 2

5:35am Fri 23 May 14

skeptik says...

Anyone related to Jed Clampitt?
Anyone related to Jed Clampitt? skeptik
  • Score: -1

7:58am Fri 23 May 14

forest hump says...

Caroline Lucas is nothing more than a guesser. (As are most budding and current politicians) Prices are clearly set by supply/demand, unless the thieves at Westminster get involved. If we have resources in recoverable amounts then use them. Currently, we are too reliant on Mr Putin et al
Caroline Lucas is nothing more than a guesser. (As are most budding and current politicians) Prices are clearly set by supply/demand, unless the thieves at Westminster get involved. If we have resources in recoverable amounts then use them. Currently, we are too reliant on Mr Putin et al forest hump
  • Score: 5

8:23am Fri 23 May 14

Andy Locks Heath says...

The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party?
The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party? Andy Locks Heath
  • Score: 2

9:27am Fri 23 May 14

noodlesnewman says...

Andy Locks Heath wrote:
The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party?
THATS IT POLLUTE THE UNDERGROUND WATER TABLE WE WILL HAVE A DEAD ISLAND IN NO TIME ! AS IF THIS MASSIVE AIRIAL GEOENGINEERING PROGRAME IS NT ENOUGH . BEE S 90 PERCENT GLOBALLY EXTINCT AND 50 PERCENT PLANKTON FROM SEA S GONE THIS IS CATASTROPHIC ! ! TIME TO PANIC AND QUESTION GEO ENGINEERING / CHEM TRAILING THE SKY S , THIS IS NO LONGER A CONSPIRACY THEORY !
[quote][p][bold]Andy Locks Heath[/bold] wrote: The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party?[/p][/quote]THATS IT POLLUTE THE UNDERGROUND WATER TABLE WE WILL HAVE A DEAD ISLAND IN NO TIME ! AS IF THIS MASSIVE AIRIAL GEOENGINEERING PROGRAME IS NT ENOUGH . BEE S 90 PERCENT GLOBALLY EXTINCT AND 50 PERCENT PLANKTON FROM SEA S GONE THIS IS CATASTROPHIC ! ! TIME TO PANIC AND QUESTION GEO ENGINEERING / CHEM TRAILING THE SKY S , THIS IS NO LONGER A CONSPIRACY THEORY ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: -5

12:52pm Fri 23 May 14

ssnaked23 says...

So fracking is safe and good for the environment?
I think not- see URL link
http://www.dangersof
fracking.com/

As 'noodlesnewman' says it will pollute the water table and leave behind non- biodegradable products some of which are known carcinogenics and Im guessing a lot of those people in favour in it are nowhere near the proposed sites so its a case of "Im alright Jack and fek you lot.!" This planet is a mess, all down to human intervention and the capitalists who dont give a sh!t as long as they get their money. That's what this is all about, the greed for money from a possible resource to replace the oil which is rapidly running out.
So fracking is safe and good for the environment? I think not- see URL link http://www.dangersof fracking.com/ As 'noodlesnewman' says it will pollute the water table and leave behind non- biodegradable products some of which are known carcinogenics and Im guessing a lot of those people in favour in it are nowhere near the proposed sites so its a case of "Im alright Jack and fek you lot.!" This planet is a mess, all down to human intervention and the capitalists who dont give a sh!t as long as they get their money. That's what this is all about, the greed for money from a possible resource to replace the oil which is rapidly running out. ssnaked23
  • Score: -1

2:02pm Fri 23 May 14

Dai Rear says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
Andy Locks Heath wrote:
The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party?
THATS IT POLLUTE THE UNDERGROUND WATER TABLE WE WILL HAVE A DEAD ISLAND IN NO TIME ! AS IF THIS MASSIVE AIRIAL GEOENGINEERING PROGRAME IS NT ENOUGH . BEE S 90 PERCENT GLOBALLY EXTINCT AND 50 PERCENT PLANKTON FROM SEA S GONE THIS IS CATASTROPHIC ! ! TIME TO PANIC AND QUESTION GEO ENGINEERING / CHEM TRAILING THE SKY S , THIS IS NO LONGER A CONSPIRACY THEORY !
It's clearly NOT a conspiracy theory since you are shrieking it in an illiterate fashion. Could it be a psychotic episode?
"These latest estimates will set alarm bells ringing across the south east of England where fracking firms seem intent on punching holes in some of Britain's most beautiful countryside in the search for profits"
Yep, profits don't pay pensions, do they? And it would be so much better to pollute the countryside with useless windmills, wouldn't it? After all they're guaranteed not to make that obscene word "profit" aren't they, seeing as they don't work?
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy Locks Heath[/bold] wrote: The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party?[/p][/quote]THATS IT POLLUTE THE UNDERGROUND WATER TABLE WE WILL HAVE A DEAD ISLAND IN NO TIME ! AS IF THIS MASSIVE AIRIAL GEOENGINEERING PROGRAME IS NT ENOUGH . BEE S 90 PERCENT GLOBALLY EXTINCT AND 50 PERCENT PLANKTON FROM SEA S GONE THIS IS CATASTROPHIC ! ! TIME TO PANIC AND QUESTION GEO ENGINEERING / CHEM TRAILING THE SKY S , THIS IS NO LONGER A CONSPIRACY THEORY ![/p][/quote]It's clearly NOT a conspiracy theory since you are shrieking it in an illiterate fashion. Could it be a psychotic episode? "These latest estimates will set alarm bells ringing across the south east of England where fracking firms seem intent on punching holes in some of Britain's most beautiful countryside in the search for profits" Yep, profits don't pay pensions, do they? And it would be so much better to pollute the countryside with useless windmills, wouldn't it? After all they're guaranteed not to make that obscene word "profit" aren't they, seeing as they don't work? Dai Rear
  • Score: 2

6:25pm Fri 23 May 14

forest hump says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
Andy Locks Heath wrote:
The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party?
THATS IT POLLUTE THE UNDERGROUND WATER TABLE WE WILL HAVE A DEAD ISLAND IN NO TIME ! AS IF THIS MASSIVE AIRIAL GEOENGINEERING PROGRAME IS NT ENOUGH . BEE S 90 PERCENT GLOBALLY EXTINCT AND 50 PERCENT PLANKTON FROM SEA S GONE THIS IS CATASTROPHIC ! ! TIME TO PANIC AND QUESTION GEO ENGINEERING / CHEM TRAILING THE SKY S , THIS IS NO LONGER A CONSPIRACY THEORY !
Clearly needs education and not brainwashing! I really pity some of these poor souls.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy Locks Heath[/bold] wrote: The language used by the Green Spokesperson is infantile. The disproportionality and innacuracy goes without saying. Is this the calibre of person representing this ridiculous little party?[/p][/quote]THATS IT POLLUTE THE UNDERGROUND WATER TABLE WE WILL HAVE A DEAD ISLAND IN NO TIME ! AS IF THIS MASSIVE AIRIAL GEOENGINEERING PROGRAME IS NT ENOUGH . BEE S 90 PERCENT GLOBALLY EXTINCT AND 50 PERCENT PLANKTON FROM SEA S GONE THIS IS CATASTROPHIC ! ! TIME TO PANIC AND QUESTION GEO ENGINEERING / CHEM TRAILING THE SKY S , THIS IS NO LONGER A CONSPIRACY THEORY ![/p][/quote]Clearly needs education and not brainwashing! I really pity some of these poor souls. forest hump
  • Score: 1

6:30pm Fri 23 May 14

good-gosh says...

Let the geologists worry about fracking side effects. ps - they are not worried.
Let the geologists worry about fracking side effects. ps - they are not worried. good-gosh
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Dan Soton says...

Excuse me while I bang my own drum..


Every opportunity since July 2013 I've been banging on about offshore GEOTHERMAL Fracking ( unheard of.. by me anyway) and now the possibility is a step closer..


SHALE GAS PIONEER PLANS WORLD'S FIRST OFFSHORE WELLS IN IRISH SEA.

By Ben King.
Economics reporter, BBC News.
13 February 2014 Last updated at 06:40 .

The founder of shale gas firm Cuadrilla is planning a venture to frack in the Irish Sea, the BBC has learned.

Dr Chris Cornelius believes there are large volumes of offshore shale gas that could be extracted.

If successful, it would be the first such project in the world.

THE BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS ESTIMATED THAT THE UK'S TOTAL OFFSHORE SHALE GAS RESOURCES COULD BE BETWEEN FIVE AND 10 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONSHORE
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http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/business-26157
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A few ( from the many) of my posts advocating Offshore GEOTHERMAL Fracking

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http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/10585288
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e_simply____myth_ped
dling____says_MP/

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http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/10562020
.Thousands_of_fracki
ng_wells_to_be_dug_a
cross_Hampshire__war
ns_MP/

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http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/10578358
.Council__should_hav
e_policy_on_fracking
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,,
Excuse me while I bang my own drum.. Every opportunity since July 2013 I've been banging on about offshore GEOTHERMAL Fracking ( unheard of.. by me anyway) and now the possibility is a step closer.. SHALE GAS PIONEER PLANS WORLD'S FIRST OFFSHORE WELLS IN IRISH SEA. By Ben King. Economics reporter, BBC News. 13 February 2014 Last updated at 06:40 . The founder of shale gas firm Cuadrilla is planning a venture to frack in the Irish Sea, the BBC has learned. Dr Chris Cornelius believes there are large volumes of offshore shale gas that could be extracted. If successful, it would be the first such project in the world. THE BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS ESTIMATED THAT THE UK'S TOTAL OFFSHORE SHALE GAS RESOURCES COULD BE BETWEEN FIVE AND 10 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONSHORE - http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/business-26157 228 A few ( from the many) of my posts advocating Offshore GEOTHERMAL Fracking - http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10585288 .Fracking_dangers_ar e_simply____myth_ped dling____says_MP/ - http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10562020 .Thousands_of_fracki ng_wells_to_be_dug_a cross_Hampshire__war ns_MP/ - http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10578358 .Council__should_hav e_policy_on_fracking / ,, Dan Soton
  • Score: 0

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