Britain’s efforts to get fracking for shale gas have suffered a fresh delay after it emerged a legal challenge against the only approved project will not be heard until the end of November. Shale explorer Third Energy had hoped it might start work at its Kirby Misperton site in North Yorkshire as soon as the end of this year , after getting planning consent in May. But green groups Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Ryedale sought a judicial review of North Yorkshire County Council’s decision, claiming councillors failed to assess the impact of the project on climate change and assess financial safeguards against environmental damage. A date has now been set to hear the challenge on November 22 and 23 – later than had been expected. It is understood that even if the challenge is dismissed there is now no chance of Third Energy fracking this year and work may not get underway until well into 2017. Only once the legal challenge is resolved can the company get final … [Read more...] about No UK fracking this year as Yorkshire legal challenge drags on
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Looking at my son’s cheeky face as he walked into my bedroom, I knew straight away he was up to something. “Here, Mum, I’ve got you a sweet,” Archie said, smirking. He held up a bag for me to put my hand into but our pet rabbit, Simian, was inside. “Archie!” I said, laughing. “Put the rabbit back before it pees on the carpet.” He left my room and I was still smiling. His pranks and cheeky personality cracked me up all day, every day. From the moment he could walk and talk he was bursting with energy and a naughty sense of humour. At 12, Archie is the baby of the family. I also have Tom, 22, and Lauren, 20, who absolutely adore him. I started taking him to gymnastics when he was just a toddler and he had a natural talent, winning medals aged four. We couldn’t go anywhere without him somersaulting, jumping or doing the splits. He’d jump over posts in shopping centres and back-flip in car parks . My boy’s energy never ran out. It could get him into trouble at school but, … [Read more...] about ‘I’m fighting to keep my son’s life support on – he squeezed my hand and I won’t quit’
A disastrous deal to build two new ferries was pushed through by SNP ministers despite officials warning them that it could be ruled unlawful, it has emerged. Previously secret correspondence shows that the contract was handed to Ferguson Marine, then owned by a pro-independence businessman, despite civil servants’ fears that other shipyards could challenge the decision in the courts. The risk emerged because SNP ministers insisted on handing the contract to the yard even after it reneged on a previously agreed funding guarantee designed to protect taxpayers if something went wrong. Officials warned that this represented a “considerable departure” from the advertised contract terms and this “may raise significant procurement risks”. The warning has only emerged because the Scottish Government failed to properly redact information in an email chain of previously “lost” documents, which it was claimed had been discovered on Wednesday and were published online. While the … [Read more...] about SNP ministers gave green light to doomed ferries contract despite warnings it could be unlawful
More than 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azov steel plant in Mariupol have been taken into Russian custody since May 16, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Wounded soldiers were among them, some of whom were taken to Novoazovsk, in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, for treatment. Ukraine officials have offered assurances that soldiers held could return home through an exchange, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also expressed hope of saving the soldiers' lives, saying: "Ukraine needs living Ukrainian heroes." Death penalty for Azov fighters? However, Russia has not rushed to negotiate an exchange . The chairman of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, has even gone so far as to claim that Ukrainian prisoners of war — whom he described as "Nazi criminals" — cannot be handed over. On May 26, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation is scheduled to rule on designating the Azov Battalion a "terrorist organization," which would mean a ban in Russia. The … [Read more...] about Prisoners of war from Azov: Do the fighters face the death penalty in Russia?
The production of gene-edited crops is to be sped up to help guarantee British food supplies in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine. Russian blockades are preventing the export of key goods such as wheat from the country, leading to rising food prices and shortages globally. Amid concern over the UK's food self-sufficiency, the Government will this week introduce a Bill which will allow farms to grow more crops by planting variants that have been edited to be more resistant to disease or need less water or fertiliser. Although plans for the Bill have been in place since Brexit , a government source said it had taken on added importance in the wake of Ukraine. Asked about the impact of the conflict on the plans, the source said: “It’s always been quite prominent as a big Brexit benefit . But also yes - it could be good news for food security in terms of developing crops that are more resistant to disease.” George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, told The Telegraph: … [Read more...] about Gene-edited crops to be sped up to ease Ukraine food crisis