Posted by: nickwardscenarios | October 16, 2013

Anti-fracking camp outside Crawley Magistrates Court this morning. Caroline Lucas pleads ‘not guilty’.


Anti-fracking hard-core protestors gather in support of Caroline Lucas who was in the dock this morning on anti-fracking charges, as I was two weeks ago.


Poundland ham and cheese and other tasties.


soggy paparazzi, Crawley Police Station in the background.


Caroline emerges to make her statement


Defiant, unrepentant – to the point.


Tab’s rain-resistant kettle. Old school.


Tab – plays a mean ukulele (first instrument guitar) – great jam, Tab – we’ll have our anti-toxic fracking protest song ready for his weekly open-mic at the Horse and Groom, Islingword Road, Brighton, this evening 9pm.

Also today a reply to my anti- toxic fracking email to David Cameron of 9/10/2013 via pro-fracking stooge by the name of  Daniel McHugh (shame on you Daniel! Deep, deep shame on you). My reply was sharp and to the point:

Dear Mr McHugh

In para 7 of your alarming email of a few minutes ago you write:

‘There have also been concerns about non-disclosure of
chemicals used in fracturing fluids. The agencies have
powers to require full disclosure of chemicals used in
fracking in England and Wales. All chemicals an operator
proposes to use will be assessed, and will be not permitted
if they are considered to be harmful in the relevant

I look forward to full disclosure of chemicals used in fracking by David Cameron and the Today Programme. (Nick Ward versus BBC) and a proper explanation as to why the Government has employed the devious means (disinformation) with regard to the toxicity of this environmentally disastrous process. The chemicals used in fracking, as the evidence pouring in from the US indicates, is deeply harmful to water systems. That is one of the reasons the ban on fracking was unheld in France last week.

For recent disclosure please check out my Banjo Nick facebook site.

Your sincerely

Nick Ward


‘indicated’ corrected to ‘indicates’ on 17/10/2103
On Wed, 16/10/13, Correspondence (DECC) <> wrote:

Subject: RE: Dear David Cameron TO2013/18353
To: Nick Ward
Date: Wednesday, 16 October, 2013, 14:51

Dear Mr Ward,

Thank you for your recent e-mail about fracking. I have been
asked to respond.

Shale gas is still at a very early stage here in the UK.
However, we need to move forward to enable the necessary
exploration and prove the potential, while ensuring that the
activity is safe and the environment is properly protected.

We believe it is important that we do not hold back
unnecessarily – we need to build momentum. That is why we
have set up the Office for Unconventional Gas and Oil, who
are taking forward work on a new onshore licensing round,
and the Chancellor has announced fiscal measures to
incentivise shale gas development in the UK.

The UK has a long history of onshore oil and gas
exploitation, and has developed a robust regulatory system
to ensure that all such operations will be carried out to
high standards of safety and environmental protection. All
onshore oil and gas projects, including shale gas, are
subject to scrutiny through the planning system, which
addresses impacts on local residents such as traffic
movements, noise, working hours, etc. They will subsequently
be scrutinised by the relevant environmental agency and by
the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Consent from DECC is
also required before drilling or production activities can
commence. We have also put in place appropriate control
measures to address seismic risks.

The Government and its regulatory agencies are studying the
experience already gained with shale gas exploration and
production in the US, so that we can learn from their
experience and improve our system where possible.

We understand concerns about potential risks to water
supplies. The Environment Agency will scrutinise all
proposals to ensure that water supplies are properly
protected. They have powers to impose conditions to ensure
proper protection or to prohibit activities which they
consider to pose unacceptable risks. Their permission is
also required for any water abstraction, and this will only
be given where the proposed quantities are sustainable.

There have also been concerns about non-disclosure of
chemicals used in fracturing fluids. The agencies have
powers to require full disclosure of chemicals used in
fracking in England and Wales. All chemicals an operator
proposes to use will be assessed, and will be not permitted
if they are considered to be harmful in the relevant

Last year the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal
Society conducted an independent review of the scientific
and engineering evidence on the risks associated with
hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. They concluded that the
risks can be managed effectively in the UK, provided that
operational best practices are implemented and enforced
through regulation.

In the UK only one shale gas well has so far been fracked.
Fracking operations at this well in 2011 resulted in two
small seismic tremors. Further fracking for shale gas was
halted pending a detailed investigation, but DECC announced
last December that, subject to new control measures to
mitigate the risk of seismic tremors, fracking for shale gas
would again be permitted, subject to case by case scrutiny
and all other regulatory controls as outlined above.

We think it would be irresponsible not to explore the
economic opportunities which shale gas can potentially offer
the UK, and we are keen to build momentum. The Office of
Unconventional Gas and Oil (OUGO) will join up
responsibilities across Government, provide a single point
of contact for investors, and ensure a simplified and
streamlined regulatory process.

We strongly believe that communities hosting shale gas
developments should see concrete benefits as a result. We
welcome the industries commitment to early engagement. The
details of the community benefit arrangements for any
particular project will be designed in conjunction with
local residents. The community benefits package will

•           At
exploration stage, £100,000 in community benefits will be
provided per well-site where fracking takes place
•           1% of
revenues at production stage will be paid out to
•           Operators
will publish evidence each year of how these commitments
have been met.
•           This
Charter and offer to communities will be regularly reviewed
as the industry develops, and operators consult further with

If you have access to the internet and are interested in
further information about unconventional oil and gas
drilling, you might be interested to see some Q&A
material available on the Government website here:

Yours sincerely,

Daniel McHugh
DECC Correspondence Unit
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  1. that#s then one comment, ha ha ha

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