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Scotland: East coast main line disrupted by 7ft sink hole – As Sinkholes increase Worldwide

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Scotland: East coast main line disrupted by 7ft sink hole – As Sinkholes increase Worldwide

It is not yet known what caused the 13ft-long hole to open beside a boundary wall, which was spotted at 3:30pm

It is not yet known what caused the 13ft-long hole to open beside a boundary wall, which was spotted at 3:30pm

By @ShaunyNews Via: http://linkis.com/www.scotsman.com/new/AKNii

All over the World these have been opening up, many say fracking, many have other reasons. All I do know is, there are common, but the last 5 years has seen a HUGE increase all over. If you are new to ‘Sinkholes’ learn about them, they are happening at a heavy rate these days. The video’s show you how and why. But in reality, nobody knows

Sink Holes Worldwide
Video Via Prophet Nathan Paul Agostini on You Tube

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TERRIFYING SINKHOLE COMPILATION – 2010 to 2014
Video Via The Two Preachers on You Tube

TRAINS on the east coast main line in eastern Edinburgh were severely disrupted today after a 7ft deep sink hole appeared beside tracks at Craigentinny.

All ScotRail, East Coast and CrossCountry trains were halted for two hours before a limited service was resumed using one of the lines around 6pm.

Passengers were transferred to buses.

It is not yet known what caused the 13ft-long hole to open beside a boundary wall, which was spotted at 3:30pm.

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Scotland announces it will block ‘ALL’ fracking

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Scotland announces it will block ‘ALL’ fracking

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Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing announced a moratorium on granting planning consents for fracking developments to allow a full public consultation on the issue.

By @ShaunyNews Via http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scotlands-energy-minister-announces-block-all-fracking-operations-1485642 SNP are not messing around just now. The question we must ask is ‘Why are they doing it’ Watch this space – #IndyRef2

All fracking operations in Scotland are to be suspended pending further enquiries, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced.  There will be a moratorium on all unconventional oil and gas extraction – which includes fracking – until more information is obtained on both the environmental and health implications of the controversial technique.

Following the general election on 7 May the Scottish government will have full control over fracking. Until then all fracking applications are to be turned down on planning grounds. Scottish Government introduces #fracking moratorium | Friends of the Earth Scotland http://t.co/VU9BjgIedj

— Richard Dixon (@Richard_Dixon) January 28, 2015 Given the importance of this work it would be inappropriate to allow any planning consents in the meantime,” Ewing told Holyrood. “I am therefore announcing a moratorium for the granting of planning consents on all unconventional oil and gas extraction including fracking.”

Ewing’s announcement was hailed by environmentalists including Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, who said: “Fergus Ewing’s announcement today is huge victory for the communities, individuals and groups who have been campaigning to stop this dirty industry in Scotland.

“This moratorium is a very big nail in the coffin for the unconventional gas and fracking industry in Scotland. Any serious examination of the mounting evidence will inevitably lead to a ban.

“The Scottish Government has acted decisively today to protect communities across the country and the environment from this unnecessary industry.”

However the reaction from energy companies looks likely to be less enthusiastic. Tom Crotty, director of Ineos, which operates Grangemouth refinery, said on Monday: “We need shale gas to meet those climate change targets. We’ve learnt from the US this is now a safe process. We’re heading for a cliff edge in energy supply. If we keep postponing these decisions we’ll fall off.”

We have a moratorium on unconventional oil & gas and #fracking in Scotland!!!! Well done EVERYBODY!!! Now lets turn this into a ban!!!!

— Mary Church (@mmachch) January 28, 2015
Earlier this week the UK government survived an attempt in Westminster to impose a national moratorium, but caved in to demands not to allow fracking in national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty and areas of drinking water collection.

Environmentalists claim fracking increases carbon emissions and is potentially dangerous, with many claiming it can lead to earthquakes and that the carcinogenic chemicals used in the process can contaminate groundwater.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-31016537

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/scottish-politics/ewing-announces-fracking-ban-in-scotland.1422459054

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11038051/Scottish-ministers-attack-UK-fracking-rules.html

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New fracking rules will not apply in Scotland: Smith Commission

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New fracking rules will not apply in Scotland: Smith Commission

Nicola Sturgeon said "Not on my watch" Go her!

Nicola Sturgeon said “Not on my watch” Go her!

By @ShaunyNews Via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30803788 Other links below 

Well done all who made this happen. Scotland now own’s her ‘Fracking rights’ The Smith Commission is being updated and slowly all we were offered is coming to us. I know we need 2015 general election to push Tory and Red Tory (Labour) out of Hollyrood and get Yes people or people in who demand the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ in full. It is coming. We just need wait. As I say a lot, Alex Salmond is in Westminster for a GOOD reason. He said before the referendum vote “I won’t stand down be it Yes or No” then stands down. I am assured Home Rule is less than a year away. We shall see guys and gall’s

The UK government has agreed to exclude Scotland from laws making it easier for fracking firms to drill for shale gas. The Infrastructure Bill currently going through Westminster is set to allow underground access in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland. The Scottish government, the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Green Party had opposed the bill which would apply to residential areas.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the move made sense. Labour MP Tom Greatrex had lodged amendments to the bill requesting that full powers over shale gas exploration be given to the Scottish Parliament ahead of the general election in five months’ time. The coalition government did not back the suggestions but instead pledged to exclude Scotland from the impending legislation. Based on that offer the Scotland Office said “the opposition was content to withdraw its amendments”.

Not in Scotland

Not in Scotland

It explained: “That is not the same as devolving the power to the Scottish Parliament. “Its effect is to leave the current arrangement in Scotland as it stands at present, so the new system for underground access will not apply.” Those opposed to fracking say it is not safe and claim it causes environmental damage and mini earthquakes. Mr Greatrex said he had brought forward his amendments because of a “high degree of public concern”. He added that it was wrong to believe that shale gas was “some sort of energy silver bullet” which would have a “massive impact” on energy prices. The member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West said the regulatory regime should be “robust and consistent”.

What is fracking and why is it controversial?

Fracking process in US
  • Fracking is shorthand for hydraulic fracturing and refers to how the rock is broken apart by high a pressure mixture.
  • Fracking allows drilling firms to access difficult-to-reach resources of oil and gas.
  • In the US it has significantly boosted domestic oil production and driven down gas prices.
  • Opponents say the process releases potentially carcinogenic chemicals into nearby groundwater.
  • The industry suggests pollution incidents are the results of bad practice, rather than an inherently risky technique.

Holyrood currently has power over planning issues but the Smith Commission had recommended devolution of onshore licensing and mineral access rights. However, those new devolution powers would not come to Scotland before May’s election. Reacting to the coalition government’s offer, SNP minister Mr Ewing said: “This decision is a victory for common sense and shows how devolution of energy policy leads to different policy outcomes in Scotland. “It is a vindication of the Scottish government’s continued objections to UK government plans to remove the right of Scottish householders to object to unconventional oil and gas drilling under their home. “We’re glad the UK government has finally taken this on board – especially as 99 per cent of respondents to their own consultation also opposed the move.”

SNP must take stand against fracking

They didn’t half! http://www.scotsman.com/news/comment-snp-must-take-stand-against-fracking-1-3657475

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SNP condemns UK plans to allow fracking drilling below people’s land

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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

The Scottish Government has condemned UK plans to allow fracking companies to drill below people’s land without their agreement.

Sinkholes have been appearing all over the World due to Fracking and there is no guarantee it wouldn’t happen in Scotland, this is the Sinkhole to anyone unsure 

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A sinkhole which swallowed a car on a driveway in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it will press ahead with proposals to simplify underground access for oil and gas developers despite the objection of 99% of respondents to a consultation. The UK-wide plan would give companies the right to drill at depths of 300 metres or more under private land without negotiating a right of access. Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said decisions on oil and gas drilling in Scotland should be made by the people who live there, and powers relating to the issue should be included in the current devolution process. Mr Ewing said: “UK Government proposals to remove the right of Scottish householders to object to drilling under their homes, without so much as debate in the Scottish Parliament, flies in the face of Scotland’s cautious, considered and evidence based approach on this issue. It is also fundamentally an issue affecting land ownership rights.

“Whatever your view on the issue of unconventional oil and gas – and it is clear that there are both opportunities and concerns – there is only one way that the people of Scotland can determine the approach in Scotland – including beneath their homes and land. “That is with the devolution of the necessary powers to Scotland and the current devolution process for the “extensive new powers” promised in the vow should include these powers. “Unconventional oil and gas developments should only ever happen under a robust regulatory regime, and the Scottish Government takes this issue particularly seriously.”  Hydraulic fracturing or fracking involves pumping water, chemicals and sand at high pressure underground to fracture shale rock and release the gas trapped in it. Wells can be drilled horizontally, leading to exploration under land around the site.

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The DECC ran a consultation from May 23 to August 15 asking respondents whether the government should legislate for underground access to gas, oil and geothermal developers below 300 metres. Of the 40,647 people who responded, more than 99% opposed the idea. In their submissions opponents said there should be more focus on renewable energy sources and that “changing laws that protect people’s private property to aid the extraction of unconventional gas is wrong”. People who supported the plan said there was significant economic benefit in easing access for developers.

The Government response, published today, said: “We acknowledge the large number of responses against the proposal and the fact that the proposal has provided an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns and raise issues.

“However the role of the consultation was to seek arguments and evidence to consider in developing the proposed policy. Whilst a wide range of arguments were raised and points covered, we did not identify any issues that persuaded us to change the basic form of the proposals. “Having carefully considered the consultation responses, we believe that the proposed policy remains the right approach to underground access and that no issues have been identified that would mean that our overall policy approach is not the best available solution. “We will therefore put before Parliament primary legislation to implement the policy proposals set out in the consultation paper. Parliament’s scrutiny of the provisions will provide further opportunities for public engagement on the issues.”

The consultation stated that under the present system a single landowner had the power to significantly delay a development “even though the drilling and use of underground wells does not affect their enjoyment of their land”. “We intend to change this system by making it less burdensome for companies to gain underground access rights,” it said. Companies looking to develop shale gas and oil would still need to obtain all the necessary environmental and planning permissions but the proposed legislation would effectively remove the issue of trespass at depths of 300 metres or more. Under the proposals people living on the ground above a horizontal well extending more than 200 metres would receive a payment of #20,000.

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Mary Church, head of campaigns at Friends Of The Earth Scotland, said: “It is absolutely outrageous that the UK Government has ignored over 99% of responses to this consultation, and the stated objection of the Scottish Government, that the removal of people’s rights to object to fracking underneath their homes is simply unacceptable. “This is literally legislating for the 1%. “(David) Cameron and (George) Osborne’s blinkered dash for gas risks putting the UK on course for climate catastrophe and endangers the health and wellbeing of communities across central and southern Scotland.”