2014 has been a remarkable year. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that we would step into 2015 without any FRACKING being perpetrated in the UK. Despite David Cameron demanding in March 2014 that ‘FRACKING Must Start by Year End‘, only a handful of exploratory wells have been drilled, NONE of which have been FRACKED … and the UK Mother-Frackers are nowhere near being in a position to exploit Shale Gas on any commercial basis.The vast majority of people reading this Newsletter will be aware that for the past two years, I have been on the quest to do whatever I can to raise awareness of this pernicious agenda; in the bid to ensure that the abomination of Hydraulic Fracturing is NEVER unleashed upon the population of the UK.
During 2014, I managed to cover almost 40,000 miles on UK roads, and another 1,500 miles during my recent visit to the gasfields of Australia. Somewhere along the way, I also managed to produce 32 episodes of ‘Fracking Nightmare‘ and 30 episodes of ‘Humanity vs Insanity‘ … along with multiple short videos from Barton Moss,Crawberry Hill and Australia.
Thanks to Dave & Kate Swinfield of Leicester, I have spent almost 200 nights in a caravan (rather than a tent) parked on the roadside at Barton Moss (Jan-April) and at Crawberry Hill, East Yorks since May. I did take a two week break from Crawberry Hill in October, when I moved the caravan to the Vale of Pickering. The purpose being to conduct a series of ten presentations in Towns and Villages in North Yorkshire. These events were organised and promoted by Frack Free Ryedale with such success that almost 2% of the adult population registered in the area, attended one or more of these events. Subsequently, thirteen local anti-fracking groups have been spawned in the area and Kirbymoorside Town Council has declared it’s intention to keep the community FRACK FREE. I addition, just before Christmas, Ryedale District Councillors voted unanimously to organise a Public Meeting to specificallly debate the issue of FRACKING.
There are so many highlights of 2014 that I don’t really know where to start … so here’s a quick summary:
– iGas/Peel Holdings failure to evict the Protection Camp from Barton Moss
– Barton Moss Road being legally ruled as a ‘Footpath’.
– iGas Stock falling from a high of 160.4p on 20th Jan to ending the year as 35.75p … a fall of 77%!
– Rathlin Energy failing to access the wellsite at Crawberry Hill
– Rathlin Energy ‘losing’ the well at West Newton
– Cuadrilla failing to return to Balcombe … yet!
– West Sussex County Council refusing Planning Permission to Celtique to drill an exploratory well at Wisborough Green.
– Cuadrilla not yet being back on the Fylde Peninsula (Blackpool).
The anti-fracking movement is the fastest growing social movement that the UK has witnessed since Maggie tried to foist Poll Tax on an unwilling nation! There are now over 300 self-empowered, totally autonomous, yet highly networked local anti-fracking groups dotted around the County. In addition, there are many hundreds of individuals who are also devoting their skills, abilities and expertise to doing whatever it takes to protect the fragile ecology of this densely populated island. Neither the Establishment nor the Industry knows how to deal with the phenomena of such an amorphous entity. People arrested on the pretext of ‘Obstruction’ have been questioned as to who the ‘Leaders’ are … well good luck with that; ‘cos this is taking what the establishment refers to as ‘Assymetrical Politics’ and using the technique to excellent effect!
However, the battle is far from being over … by a long way! Another 46% of the UK is currently up for grabs by the Unconventional Gas Industry and although it is rumoured that at least one of the Companies involved is looking to make a ‘strategic withdrawal; I certainly hope that every hectare is acquired … ‘cos at that moment, 40million people had better start taking a very real interest in how the UK Government is planning to destroy their lives!
As 2014 drew to a close, it became increasingly evident that the US NeoCons had inadvertantly become a great ally of the UK anti-fracking community. There is great irony here as earlier in the year, it was the NeoCons who were trying to put about the rumour that anti-fracking groups were being financed by Russia! The socio-psychopathic Neo-Conservative Global Corporatists are so remarkably myopic in their desire to destroy the economies of Russia and Iran, that they have instructed their OPEC puppets to drop the price of Oil from $115 in June to ending the year a little above $56, the lowest price for over five years! This massive 51% drop has turned the ‘Shale Gas Revolution’ into an overnight financial ‘Black Hole’. At anything less that $80 per barrel, unconventional gas exploitation becomes marginal, at best! At less than $60 per barrel and Shale Gas exploitation becomes a ‘Dead Duck’.
Of course, the ignorant arrogance of UK politicians and the mug-punters who still trhink that they might yet make a fast buck, means that the industry isn’t going to give up the ghost just yet. Most of these Cowboy companies have accummulated so much debt already that they would rather push towards administration than actually recognise that their greed has led them into a massive error of judgement!
Consequently, although the lid of the UK’s Unconventional Gas coffin is now firmly in place, our challenge is to absolutely nail it shut! That doesn’t mean to say the game is over … by a long stretch. Coming down the tracks is a piece of Global legislation that will hand over the final vestiges of National Sovereignty to the Global Corporatists. TTIP(the Trans-atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership) is Global Government by stealth … our greatest challenge in 2015 will be to maintain the cohesion and further expand the anti-fracking community to create a self-empowered socio-political force which can be the catalyst for bring about the changes that we all know we need to see.
The Global economy is in a worse state than it was in the months preceding the GFC (Global Financial Collapse) … in the weeks leading up to the next election, I would not be at all surprised if financial chaos is unleashed in an attempt to prevent any meaningful discussion on the the fundamental issues. David Cameron has already declared that “Non violent Domestic Extremists should be treated in the same was as ISIS …”
Meeanwhile Spain is the ‘Experiment’ for introducing ‘Gag Laws’… just as Cyprus was the experiment for ‘Bail-ins’ and Ireland is the experiment for the total privatisation and control of water:
Here’s what is being imposed on the people of Spain:
1. Photographing or recording police – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
Spain is now effectively a Totalitarian Corporatist Police State’ … but don’t think for one minute that it isn’t coming here … TTIP will be used to facilitate ‘HARMonisation’ … the application of the Lowest Common Denominator.2015 is the year in which we ALL have make a fundamental choice:
To paraphrase George W Bush …
You’re either with Humanity … or you’re with the Socio-psychopathic Global Corporatists!
2015 is the year Humanity ‘Engages in the Game’!Thank You for your continued Support …