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Tuesday 17th March 2015 is Frackademics Day!

On Tuesday, we will publish our latest report, which undermines the foundations of the four pillars (reports) that the Government and fracking industry have relied upon to support their case for exploiting shale gas in the UK.  Our 'Frackademics' report reveals questionable relationships amid those in academia and the fossil fuel industry, exposing a number of professors involved in promoting fossil fuel interests at numerous educational institutions around the UK. 

On Tuesday, students will stand up to protect their institution’s reputation and academic impartiality and demand that research funding is directed to more socially useful purposes, by participating in a national day of action.

To stop their Professors from supporting PR exercises for the fracking industry, students will deliver our report to their relevant faculty/department head, covered in 'oil'.  

Click HERE to find out how you can get involved and share the event with your friends:

Tell your bank to get out of fracking

We spoke to the campaign group 'Move Your Money' to find out where to put your cash so it won’t destroy the planet. They advised that people move their money out of the big 5 high street banks, to divest from fracking and other fossil fuels. Instead, you should move your money to alternative banks and building societies that do not invest in fracking including Triodos, Ecology Building Society, Coventry Building Society, Unity Trust and Cooperative Bank.


Scotland can rely on Ineos for fracking bribes and threats

We can all rely on tax dodging billionaire and Ineos Chairman, Jim Ratcliffe for bribes and false promises, together with a dirty PR campaign by his company in response to Scotland’s moratorium, which is currently in deliberation. Chemicals company Ineos was awarded fracking licences to drill in large parts of Central Scotland but it’s plans came to a halt when the Scottish government announced a moratorium on fracking on 28th January 2015.  We do not expect the moratorium to deter Ineos from their ambition to frack Scotland.


What’s in the Infrastructure Act 2015?

Last month, the Infrastructure Bill received royal assent and included measures to make it easier for oil and gas companies to drill under private property.  Most Labour MPs abstained from voting on a moratorium. Labour introduced a set of 'necessary conditions' for fracking, all of which were later either thrown out or watered down at the House of Lords.  Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas said, “Not only does this Bill defy public opinion, it denies people a voice.”


Tessa Munt MP: Why I quit and why I oppose fracking

Tessa Munt MP resigned as a parliamentary aide to Business Secretary Vince Cable, after supporting an amendment in the Infrastructure Bill calling for a moratorium on fracking.  The amendment was put forward after the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) warned fracking is not compatible with the UK’s goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and of “huge uncertainties” about the environmental impacts.


Scottish moratorium gives power to the people

Scotland has put Westminster’s plans to frack the country on hold, with a moratorium. Following a full public consultation, they will then decide on whether or not to ban fracking in Scotland.  There are no restrictions on how long the consultation period could last.


Is the Environment Agency fit for purpose?

The EA’s impartiality is being questioned and it faces serious conflicts of interest due to its own pension pot holding significant investments in Centrica (with a £60m stake in Cuadrilla’s Lancashire operation), and in Riverstone Energy (owning a 44% stake in Cuadrilla). It also has numerous additional investments with banks and oil companies connected to currently live fracking bids.  It’s difficult to see where the agency ends and Cuadrilla begin.


The lethal threat of fracking landfills and the truth about Zane

With the proposed massive expansion of the fracking industry across the UK, there are forecasts of a 50% increase in hazardous waste landfill, a staggering quarter of a million tonnes.  The UK have no suitable water treatment facilities available to handle the expected increase in toxic waste, and landfills are dangerously over capacity; so how will the Government safely dispose of the extra waste? 

How will the Environment Agency guarantee there are no more victims like Zane; a 7-year-old boy killed last year after the floods in Surrey?  Zane was overcome by fumes while he slept as floodwaters rose in the basement of the family’s home. His parents, Kye and Nicole were also rushed to hospital and diagnosed as suffering from hydrogen cyanide poisoning, which has left Zane’s father Kye, 49, a paraplegic.

Cost-cutting officials decided it would be too expensive to investigate concerns over gases coming from a nearby landfill site now blamed for the death.  Prior to the floods, the Council had warned the Environment Agency who then ordered gas-proof membranes to protect their own staff when they built cabins nearby; yet both they and the council neglected to notify the local community of its perils.

14 months later, Kye remains paralysed from the waist down and the family is still seeking the Truth About Zane

Sign this petition to help get some answers: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/call-for-a-public-debate-into-the-death-of-7-year-old-zane


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