Does that sound a perfect area to frack?
Last weekend world leaders completed days of talk on climate change and how to stop it in its tracks but they all must have arrived in Paris for the talks via flying carpets; if not the irony of much increased carbon footprints all to chew the fat about saving the planet is almost too hard to bear.
Their entourages and mainstream media representatives helped push the environment that bit closer to a suicide precipice and we were then treat to the participants patting each other on the back as they secured a second-best, half-ass deal.
David Cameron, UK, PM, was quick to, unintentionally, illustrate how unworkable that deal will be.
This week the Tory government announced tough cuts to solar power subsidies proving again they are not committed to helping stop climate change but rather making money.
The cuts will affect jobs, the solar power industry and climate change reduction plans.
If that is not enough proof for you look at Cameron's record on wind turbines. In order to payback rural Tory voters for his May 2015 election win his government plans to end on-shore wind farm subsidies next year.
That change was defeated in the House of Lords in October but fear not Cameron will limit the power of the Lords to get his own way.
The Tories are poised to announce plans to curtail the powers available to the House of Lords mainly as that non-elected body of government led to child-benefit cuts being put on hold.
Slowly but surely Cameron and his Tory government are turning the screw.
They are scrapping climate friendly deals and limiting any attempts to stop their headlong race into all out fracking in the UK.
Earlier reports such as the following reinforce that view:
Hypocrisy rules the day in 21 Century England.
Tenants of tiny homes are hit by an under occupancy benefit cut if they have just one small spare room but pensioner Elizabeth II resides in Buckingham Palace and we pay for her to do so.
The Royals have various estates and properties available to them around the country and all are under occupied; each could help ease the dire lack of affordable homes and homelessness.
With revelations this week that not only has Prince Charles been allowed access to confidential government papers for decades as Prince William is now also on the mailing list you may ask why?
Those who say as heir to throne Charles has the right miss the point.
He is well able to keep on amassing wealth when he has such insider information. The Queen has been less embroiled in government but it seems that meddler Charles wants his son to follow his lead not his grandmothers.
Fracking is a divisive subject but there are many more worrying matters arising all linked into government transparency or lack of it including the way the establishment has the system stitched up and stacked in its favour and the increasing rich poor and north south divide of the UK.
Friday North Yorkshire's Kellingley pit, the last working deep coal mine in the UK, has closed for good.
Cheap foreign imports are blamed for the closure but if the mine was still nationalised it may have been a different story. Job losses will damage the community and ultimately cause further job losses.
Working numbers at the deep coal mining pit have reduced but even so Friday 450 miners finished work and will receive severance packages at 12 weeks of average pay; Christmas on the 'dole' such as it is in 2015.
Britain's coal-fired power stations are scheduled to be phased out over the next ten years and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd hopes they will all be shut by 2025.
But they will need coal until that time.
If the coal is sourced from a climate damaging country how will that sit with Cameron's commitment to Paris the COP21 climate change deal?
People will conclude that as usual it is not about what is best for the country and its people but more about 'Tory fat friends'.
Since Cameron gave fracking the green light, during his time in coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, the Tories have been pushing for fracking to begin in earnest.
The UK energy industry is in a pickle since privatisation under earlier Tory governments but Cameron's choice of new energy development stinks.
Fracking may suit the USA but it is a vast country that has 'spare land'. The UK is made up of small islands, a large population and every bit of the country is or should be precious.
In reality that should be true of all countries including the USA but you get the point.
The latest terrible fracking news is that the British government has approved fracking licences for Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire and other sensitive areas of land.
Bempton Cliffs are to the north of Bridlington a traditional British seaside resort.
These cliffs however are extra special. Here is how the RSPB describe Bempton Cliffs and the reserve;
The best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds!
The latest round of fracking licences issued in the UK threaten the environment, wildlife and more; they will also damage the legacy we leave the next generation. Below is from a petition titled "Say no to oil and gas drilling in our most precious wildlife habitats";
This is a nightmare. The Tories just approved gas fracking licenses for over 10,000 hectares in over 300 sensitive wildlife habitat sites it promised to protect. That includes Bempton Cliffs, one of the largest seabird colonies in Europe.
If you think all that has a touch of paranoia consider our report in July 2013 when Lord Howell, Tory, was forced to apologise after insensitive comments regarding fracking. Lord Howell of Guildford, Essex, told a shocked House of Lords fracking should happen in the North East of England because it is filled with "desolate areas". The gasps his words received should have warned the Lord that he had gone too far but it was probably water of a duck's, or should that be Lord's, back. He carried on digging himself into a huge hole; perhaps he was looking for shale gas in the House of Lords?
Maybe if ministers led by example and organised fracking of royal estates such as Sandringham and Buckingham palace first, with political buildings such as 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament following on people could be persuaded.
But changing laws to allow fracking under your home without your consent or right to appeal shows government desperation.
People across the country are wary of fracking; who will make money out of it, what is the potential damage to our environment, how will we cope with the noise, inconvenience and more and is it really the best option for all.
Fracking for gas in the UK was halted, after earth tremors were felt close to Blackpool, in the north west of England. In December 2012 the UK Coalition government however gave the green light for work to recommence, against widespread opposition.
According to the dangers of fracking, Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. Up to 600 chemicals are used in fracking fluid, including known carcinogens and toxins such as… During this process, methane gas and toxic chemicals leach out from the system and contaminate nearby groundwater. Methane concentrations are 17x higher in drinking-water wells near fracturing sites than in normal wells. Only 30-50% of the fracturing fluid is recovered, the rest of the toxic fluid is left in the ground and is not biodegradable. In the end, hydraulic fracking produces approximately 300,000 barrels of natural gas a day, but at the price of numerous environmental, safety, and health hazards.
The safety of fracking is questionable, fact. If you add into the mix the current water crisis in parts of Lancashire it seems insane to frack.
As we reported Friday "More than a week ago consumers in parts of Lancashire were told they must boil all water before use after the supply was contaminated with the cryptosporidium parasite." "The water company involved, United Utilities, began work to fix the problem and estimated the contamination could last a couple of days, but ten days later work is ongoing."
As always we appear to be following the USA's lead on fracking but that is a vast country. Parts of the USA have been ruined by frackers but England does not have land to spare and lay waste.
The government has to find a way to keep 'the lights on' in the UK but surely sacrificing our country is too big a price to pay?
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Fracking and the Tories
But the Tory track record is pro-fracking.
In coalition government with the Lib Dems David Cameron gave fracking the green-light.
In December 2013 the ConDems ignored opposition and serious concerns about the safety of fracking especially in such a small country as England and the rest of the UK.
Two small earthquakes in Blackpool were blamed on early fracking attempts. The program was halted until a thorough assessment was made. It is doubtful that the suspect means of reaching gas is any safer but the government were keen to press ahead and still are.
Perhaps there is money to be made by said Ministers or their financial supporters?
In 2012 they tried to sell the controversial method of extracting gas by insisting that energy bills will be so much more expensive if we do not go ahead with the scheme. The price of gas and electric does rise regularly but whether fracking is worth the environmental risk is not proven. In the last year prices to consumers have bucked the trend and reduced slightly.
In January 2014 PM Cameron and his ministers tried different means to push the case for fracking. In the face of widescale opposition from residents the government began considering loosening trespass laws to make it easier for the frackers; a change that would allow fracking companies to access your property without your permission; not so much your property as underneath it.
Previously energy companies in the UK must ask permission to access beneath your property. If you refuse they can seek a legal resolution but that takes time and costs money.
A Whitehall source told the Daily Telegraph in 2014: "All options are on the table. It would be difficult to implement a regime that removed any kind of compensation. You could change the rules so you have a de facto right, but then you have to pay. The compensation could be less than £100."
Months later in 2014 the House of Lords weighed into the fracking debate. A House of Lords committee urged changes in the law to fast-track fracking and ensure property owners cannot delay drilling under their land. Will the same Lords and Ladies put their money where their mouth is and begin the process by fracking under all royal palaces in the UK, the Houses of Parliament and MPs and Lords own homes in order to lead by example?
When you have members of the House of Lords such as Lord Howell of Guildford, Essex, in the south of England, you know the answer to that one.
In 2013 Howell said in the House:
His words shocked the House and he was forced to quickly apologise. "Environmental campaigners called the declaration "jaw-dropping" and Labour claimed it was further proof that the Tories are "out of touch" with ordinary Britons."
When you see or hear the words fast-track in politics it is usually bad news. Across the Pond in June "The US Senate approved on Monday a “fast track” to negotiate and vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, but the “fast track” still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives."
What you can do
If you oppose fast-track fracking in the UK email the fracking consultation using this 38 Degrees link
Sources and related reading
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