UK government censors state-sanctioned report on fracking. The truth is being blocked.

An inconvenient truth?

Published time: August 11, 2014 13:05
Edited time: August 11, 2014 22:48

TAP – The government’s fracking policies are based on a dodgy dossier – McKay and Stone, in which information published after September 2012 is ignored.  The government are acting illegally by ignoring key facts and information to push through the fracking programme.  Here they are doing it again.  Cameron should be arrested and put on trial, as should Owen Paterson.
Caroline Lucas, an MP and Green Party representative for Brighton Pavilion, has condemned the censoring of the government’s recent report on the impacts of fracking. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

Caroline Lucas, an MP and Green Party representative for Brighton Pavilion, has condemned the censoring of the government’s recent report on the impacts of fracking. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

The British government’s decision to censor an official state report on the impact of fracking on UK property prices and regional services has roused sharp criticism from MPs and campaigners.
As the government maintains its refusal to offer compensation to homeowners situated near proposed shale gas drilling sites, concerned citizens and campaigners are demanding the release of the full, unabridged study.
Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request tendered to the government, a draft of ‘Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts’ was recently published with extensive sections of the text missing. One particular section of the report, which examines the impact of fracking on house prices, has three entire segments missing.
The government report only referenced research considered ‘robust’, and noted difficulty in comparing UK locales with overseas districts. It also claimed that the confluence of factors, which drive housing prices upwards or downwards are complex and not easily disentangled.
Notably redacted portions of the study spanned its executive summary, a section on ‘Hydrocarbon reserves’, another on ‘investment and job creation’, a third documenting areas ‘likely to be affected by shale gas licensing’, a segment relating to fracking’s economic impacts on rural communities, and large segments relating to the ‘social impacts’ of shale gas drilling on rural locales.
The controversial report was released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the aftermath of the government’s decision to open up two-thirds of England’s landmass to a fresh round of bidding for fracking licenses.

‘Number of redactions comical’

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne say shale gas extraction harbors the potential to enrich the UK’s economy and decrease energy bills. But many MPs contest this view, expressing deep concerns that fracking will reap environmental damage, disfigure the landscape, and decrease the value of home prices in their local constituencies.

People living near to the Barton Moss IGas drilling site in Northern England are very concerned about loss of value in their house prices due to fracking in the district. (Reuters/Phil Noble)

People living near to the Barton Moss IGas drilling site in Northern England are very concerned about loss of value in their house prices due to fracking in the district. (Reuters/Phil Noble)

Caroline Lucas, an MP and Green Party representative for Brighton Pavilion, condemned the censoring of the government’s report, warning it would compound public concern about the dangers of shale gas drilling.
“It appears that the government has a great deal to hide with regards to the risks of fracking for local communities,” she said.
“The number of redactions would be almost comical if it weren’t so concerning. What are the economic, social and environment impacts and effects upon housing and local services, agriculture and tourism that the government is so keen to withhold from us?”
Lucas cautioned that the public has a right to know the truth about fracking, and called for “absolute transparency” with respect to government research that examines its dangers.
In a move to offer compensation to people who may be affected by shale gas drilling in their locales, the government has suggested a meager sum of 100,000 pounds in “community benefits” be divided among those living near such sites. But Barbara Richardson, of the Roseacre Awareness Group that opposes fracking in Roseacre, Lancashire, said this offer was an “insult,” as certain homeowners in her district are currently unable to sell their properties.
“People do not want community benefits, they want restitution,” Richardson emphasized.

Widespread calls for compensation

Labour MP for Worsely and Eccles South, Barbara Keeley, has joined the chorus of campaigners, politicians and UK citizens calling for compensation for those whose houses may depreciate in value as a result of fracking.
“I know that people living near to the Barton Moss IGas drilling site are very concerned about loss of value in their house prices due to the drilling. They are also concerned that house insurance premiums may increase substantially,” she told the Guardian.
“One couple trying to sell their home told me that no one came to view the house at all since the drilling started. The government should consider the need for compensation for residents negatively affected by shale gas operations,” she added.

British demonstrators hold banners during an anti-fracking protest in central London on March 19 2014. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

British demonstrators hold banners during an anti-fracking protest in central London on March 19 2014. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

On the question of why multiple and extensive portions of the report had been redacted and obscured from public knowledge, a government spokesperson claimed there is “no evidence that house prices have been affected in over half a century of oil and gas exploration in the UK or evidence that this would be the case with shale.”
“This government believes that shale has a positive part to play in our future energy mix, providing energy security, driving growth and creating jobs”, the spokesperson added.
A DEFRA letter which accompanied the report defended the government’s decision to withhold elements of its findings. Emphasizing piecemeal transparency with respect to this research was in the “public interest,” DEFRA claimed state officials had to carefully “consider implications of potential impacts” relating to the “development of the shale gas industry.”
The withholding of such information would allow for the developing of options with respect to fracking, and essentially mitigate “the risk that disclosure of early thinking could close down discussion” on this form of energy extraction, DEFRA argued.
Concerns regarding the government’s strategic suppression of vital information relating to this report are followed by the release of a recent poll, which claims 57 percent of UK citizens are in favor of fracking. But Greenpeace emphasizes that the research, financed by energy firm UK Onshore Oil and Gas, lacks independence and is a skewered portrayal of British public opinion on the issue.

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13 Responses to “UK government censors state-sanctioned report on fracking. The truth is being blocked.”

  1. shirlz007 says:

    NOT to have a pop and other ‘truthers’… but when it comes to Israel… your missing out a MASSIVE part of the puzzle unless your talking about The Dead Sea!

    (I know Im on the right track:-
    a) NO-ONE else ever mentions it
    b) I suspect this is why my mentor got murdered for
    (I’ve known since 09, I’ve ALWAYS brought it up in regards to Israel, Zionism, Rothschild)

    If you want to know the TRUTH regarding Israel, Zionism… Rothschild and co… you gotta look at the TRILLIONS (valued in 1927!) in untapped mineral wealth, in and around The Dead Sea (this goes back to 1927, before)…
    (I will continue to update this over the next two days)…

    I’VE KNOWN ABOUT IT SINCE 09… not a SINGLE other person ever talks about it!!!




    JUDAISM AND ZIONISM… ACCURATLEY PUT!… ‘the facts are the facts’



    The biggest threat to Israel and The Jewish people… NETANYAHU! 😉

    I call for The Mossad to take out Netanyahu! Do it for Israel! Do it for the Jewish people! lol :p

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m delighted and encouraged to see so many people express their anti-fracking feelings around the country and even more so those MPs who have taken the initiative to be outspoken regarding the UK government’s fracking policy.

    The prime responsibility of government is its duty of care towards its subjects. This government – along with many past governments – has failed in this duty of care.

    The government has either forgotten the meaning of duty of care which is a moral or legal obligation to ensure the safety or well-being of its citizens and their property or they have decided to renege their responsibility in favour of big business and profit.

    The government – through council planning department – also through duty of care have a legal duty to protect the amenities of the area under licence to be fracked. Amenities include land, water and air which if disturbed in any way to have a detrimental impact on the visual or ecological aspect of the area or the well-being of the population of the community would be in any sane instance be banned.

    DEFRA; Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, like so many other government institutions are only there to be seen to be doing something but in reality do very little, much like our Scottish SEPA, (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) all mouth and no action.

    So where is Defra in all of this fracking business? Where is this saviour whom alone defeats all who dare to pollute and destroy the environment? Where is this champion of the cause? – No Fracking Where!!

    I recall from the late 50s on black and white telly the propaganda put out by the Macmillan government of the day that nuclear energy was the free energy of the future. Well, that didn’t happen and nor will shale gas be any different.


  3. shirlz007 says:

    A Biblical prophgecy is unfolding before your very eyes!

    (im on about Israel, Zionism and The Dead Sea)… seriously!


    Im risking my God damn life putting this out!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Well said Gordon!
    Is it not possible to get a ‘class action’ against these individuals (name and shame them) who ignore their duty of care, and make them realise where their legal responsibilities lie?

  5. Gordon: “The government has either forgotten the meaning of duty of care…”

    Gordon & Jennifer. Government is a fraud. When it says ‘duty of care’, it means ‘to the usurers’. It *never* served the people. It was never intended to serve the people. Government *pretends* to be legitimate, and to serve, but it never was and never did.

    The whole legal system is a fraud, and if you think you can try the government in it’s own courts, you are deluded. Government is utterly opposed to the real law, and to the people, it is a monumental fraud (See ‘Jimmy Savile’). It is irredeemable and unreformable. It is no more able to stop doing crime than a lawyer is able to stop lying. Their jobs depend on crime.

    Their only constraint is they have to appear to try to do the right thing on occasion.

    There is no ‘government’, there is only mafia. Stop giving credence to the fraud. Government is an illusion, it’s law is a fake, they’re just *saying* they have the right to run our lives, but they do not.

    The true law is ‘Do no harm’. Anyone who claims they have the right to do harm is a criminal. It’s *really* simple.

  6. shirlz007 says:

    well… I know believe I am the most amazing man on the planet!
    (aswell as maybe Aang… Vladmir Putin… a few others… MARK PASSIO!)… the rest of you are fucking morons!


    ‘Moi? complete opposite of Mark Passio?… :/ not really?’

  7. Jennifer says:

    Veritopian, yes, it’s a fraud. But to use their system against them by challenging it publically in the courts – then maybe those who are unaware of the corruption and ‘scam’ may start to get it? They can’t operate their fraud so easily when the masses are watching and there’s still a pretence of democracy.
    How else do we start to chip away at this hydra-headed beast?
    Whether it is fracking, gmo, chemtrails, debasement of education and health and religion, freemasonry and secret cabals, bought-and-paid-for-blackmailed politicians and other public servants, globalist CEO’s, banksters, military/industrial complex, CFR, and Committees of 13 to 300, etc.
    We can start to pick away at any point where we can. What other option is there?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The Veritopian.

    Exactly. Organised crime runs the world, it always has. Christ took them on and paid with his life. What else were the Pharisees?

    The worrying thing is that they have always hid behind their PR agents, banks, church, the illusion of elected government.

    Now they no longer even bother to try to keep up the facade. The gangsters are in plain view, the only way things will change is for those who do their biding & carry out their murders and fraud to refuse or start to work against them, hence we have the likes of Common Purpose etc being used to recruit non thinking bullyboy (and girl) thugs to unwittingly do their crimes.

    And this is why so many in the public eye are having “suicides” and “accidents”, those who have come too close to the heat of the beast and paid for it with their lives

  9. Anonymous says:

    inside Britain’s Israeli Lobby

  10. Anonymous says:

    the world screams out against israel
    the voice of the zionists says today gaza,then the USA tomorrow its you,,

  11. Hi Jennifer,
    “How else do we start to chip away at this hydra-headed beast?”

    By cutting at it’s heart, instead of it’s heads… When you cut off one it’s heads, two new ones grow in it’s place… 😉

    The heart of the beast is it’s right to rule. As long as you play it’s game, using it’s courts and it’s law, you give it your power. By accepting the beast’s authority in any form, you have lost before you start.

    The law belongs to the people, not government.

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