This article needs attention from an expert in Geology. The specific problem is: Needs accuracy check, confusion about the subject. WikiProject Geology may be able to help recruit an expert. (December 2017) Hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom started in the late 1970s with fracturing of the conventional oil and gas fields of the North Sea. It has been used in about 200 British onshore oil and gas wells since the early 1980s. The technique did not attract attention until licences use were awarded for onshore shale gas exploration in 2008. In the United Kingdom, as in other countries—and in particular the United States, where the industry is most advanced and widespread, hydraulic fracturing has generated a large amount of controversy. Although hydraulic fracturing is often used synonymously to refer to shale gas and other unconventional oil and gas sources, it is not always correct to associate it with unconventional gas. In late May 2011, the first UK … [Read more...] about Hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom
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Europe in flames How can we fight wildfires sweeping the continent - and is it too late to end the cycle? Europe in flames How can we fight wildfires sweeping the continent - and is it too late to end the cycle? This summer uncontrolled fires have raged across the UK and Europe as never before. What, or who, sparked them? And might we discover the danger is far from over when the flames are doused? By Joe Shute and Bruno Manteigas 3 AUGUST 2018 • 12:21 PM BST They died huddled together; 26 men, women and children entwined in each other’s arms. The Greek villa where their bodies were recovered by a Red Cross rescue team was just yards from the Aegean Sea, but so fierce and fast were the wildfires sweeping through the pine forest and olive groves surrounding the resort town of Mati, they didn’t stand a chance. At least 91 were killed and hundreds injured in the wildfires that just over 10 days ago obliterated Mati, 18 miles east of … [Read more...] about Europe in flames: how can we tackle the wildfires sweeping Britain and the continent?
Residents in Southall say their summer has been ruined and their health is being affected by foul odours coming from the former gas works site which have kept them shut inside with their windows closed during the scorching heatwave. Berkley Group is building 480 homes on the 88-acre former gas works site on Brent Road, but it has to clean the soil of potential contaminants such as benzine and asbestos which may be in the ground because of the former industrial use. Residents say this is releasing a "noxious tarry, petrolly smell" which is making their lives a misery and has been unbearable during the recent heatwave. Single mum Angela Fonso says her children aged 9 and 10 have to cover their noses whenever they leave the car to go into the house and the family can't use the garden, and have to sit indoors with the windows shut Whilst admitting there is a smell, Berkeley Group says it is monitoring it 24/7 and they are well below unacceptable levels. It also says the odours are not … [Read more...] about There’s a horrible smell in Southall and residents are furious
Common whales, the world's second largest whale, dolphins and other cetaceans are to be found in the ocean off the Portuguese west coast but they have yet to be studied and their numbers established. “We want to clarify that there is a tremendous wealth in terms of cetaceans. Everyone knows that the Azores are an important area but almost nobody knows that the continent is also very important in terms of whales and dolphins," said marine biologist Pedro Finamore, the project manager paid for by Galp who already has stated that he considers economic activities, including oil exploration, compatible with 'the balance of the oceans.' The initiative applied for support from the Blue Fund, which finances the economy of the sea through the government run Portugal 2020 programme. The idea, explained Finamore, is to create a map of cetaceans in Portugal, which shows what species are present in Portuguese waters along the mainland coast, how they behave and which area are the most … [Read more...] about Galp funds research into whale and dolphin numbers
Lincolnshire County Council and the Environment Agency have commented on their successful prosecution of a Sleaford area recycling firm for breaches of environmental regulations following a serious fire at its site in July 2015. As previously reported, Mid UK Recycling Ltd admitted breaching envionmental and planning regulations and failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice regarding incorrect storage of recyclable waste at its facility at Barkston Heath, Ancaster.As a result of the incorrect storage of waste the serious fire that occurred at the site in July 2015 could have been minimised, instead it required closure of nearby roads for several days and warnings to local residents to keep windows and doors closed.The cause of the fire was spontaneous combustion due to the long period of storage, the quantity and the nature of the wastes.County Councillor Eddy Poll, Executive member for commercial and environmental management for Lincolnshire County Council, said: … [Read more...] about County council sends out ‘clear message’ to those flouting environment and planning laws after recycling firm hit with £380K bill for breach