Monthly Archives: January 2013

Take the UK Shale Gas Business Confidence survey (+ see ‘Cameron’s Ecocide’)

I am sure you can all come up with suitable answers for this little shale gas industry survey:

Terrapinn, the organisers of Europes leading Shale Gas meeting, are conducting a UK Shale Gas Business Confidence survey. We would appreciate you taking 5 minutes to complete this multiple-choice survey.

The results will be presented at a networking drinks reception on 30 January at 6:00pm in London, to which you would be very welcome. We will also distribute them to all participants.

I thank you for your time in advance.

Best regards,

Terence ODwyer
Shale Gas World UK

Suggested answers:

Q1-Other. Industry observer
Q4-Little or no impact
Q5-Other. Public opposition. Knowledgeable and well-organised anti-fracking movement
Q6-Profit and tax revenue
Q 11- Whatever you see fit, or leave blank

Question 5 really takes the prize for revealing the mentality of these frackers:

5. What do you feel is the biggest threat to shale gas exploration success in the UK?

a) Government and regulatory hazard
b) Technology and supply chain limitations
c) Other (please specify)It would be fantastic to think that the Government and proper regulatory regime could be seen to be the biggest threat to these bastards coming in and doing their dirty deeds, but with Cameron in Downing Street, that really isn’t likely to worry them much – unless we do something about it! (See video below).

But the sheer wording of the question sickens me – they perceive being regulated properly as an occupational hazard – and all hazards are to be avoided, aren’t they? Our job therefore is to ensure that we, and the Fractivist movement as a whole, become their unsurmountable hazard!!

As for Cameron – I think this sums him up pretty well.

Cameron’s Ecocide:

Bridgend Green Party Meeting Agenda – Thursday 24th January 2013

7.00pm Thursday 24th January 2013 at the

The Railway PH at the bottom of Station Hill (upstairs meeting room).

ALL WELCOME (Especially new members!)


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes and matters
  4. Officers’ reports
  5. Councillor feedback
  6. Campaigns update – Fracking / 20’s Plenty/Atlantic Array
  7. Spring Conference – Nottingham Feb 2012
  8. Electoral strategy discussion
  9. AOB incl. Blog update;
  10. DoNM

NOTE – Venue is 1 minute’s walk from both the Bus and Train stations in Bridgend.

REMINDER – If anyone needs a lift to any of our meetings, let Andy know and we will organise it for you.

Atlantic Array Supporters Group

It is not so long since we discussed the Atlantic Array project at one of our monthly meetings.
You can refresh your memories here:

I recently received this plea from Ricky Knight, of North Devon Greens (via Pippa Bartolotti):

Things are really hotting up here in North Devon with regard the proposed Atlantic Array. There is sadly much opposition building up against this crucial project and we are determined to support it as much as we can.

We suddenly remembered the obvious: it would be great if the new support group we are setting up ( www.Atlantic-array-supporters-group.couk ) could build up a strong connection with supporters (especially GP members) in South Wales.

Are you able to help facilitate this for us, please? – it’s not just about an economic fight between say Port Talbot and Ilfracombe (er, no contest!) – it’s just that this is not a Nimby issue; it’s an issue of vital national interest: either the AA or Hinkley C/EDF; or in your case, either Gwynt y Mor or Wylfa B/Hitachi!

For those of us so entrenched in the fight AGAINST fracking for short-term, extreme, fossil fuel energy; it is great (in my opinion) to have something to also fight FOR in terms of vital long term, large scale, renewable energy.

According to the group’s mission statement, the Atlantic Array Supporters Group exists to:

  • Promote a proper understanding of the economic benefits of the scheme
  • Address the myths put against Wind Energy and off-shore Wind Turbines
  • Campaign for Political support of the present proposals put forward to develop an off-shore wind farm by RWE
  • Educating the public on the proposals and exposing false media reporting

The Atlantic Array Supporters Group believes the Array will provide:

  • A sustainable form of energy that reduces Northern Devons impact on the environment
  • A major contribution towards reducing Carbon Emissions from Northern Devon
  • High quality employment prospects for Northern Devons young people
  • A reduced future cost of energy in Northern Devon and make a substantial contribution to reducing fuel poverty
  • The necessary impetus for the regeneration of Illfracombe
  • A draw for investment into the region
  • Energy security for Northern Devon in an uncertain world
  • Replacement income for Northern Devons diminishing marine industry
  • New opportunities for tourism

All of these points are applicable to South Wales too.

Ricky Knight points out:
“One thing RWEs presentation [see link above] does do here, which supporters often find hard to represent & quantify, is the economic one. It ticks two major boxes for me namely, the Sustainable Development one and One Million Green Jobs one (admittedly not quite that many on this project alone ..). Nicholas Stern pointed out sagely that the Climate Change camp could never achieve the success it seeks without the economic/financial strand embedded in the arguments not easy with on-shore wind, limited by so many constraints and mostly small scale but in this case, it is over-whelming. We are talking billions.”

For all these reasons, I have assured Ricky of my support, and that (I am confident) of all Bridgend and South Wales Greens.

Andy Chyba

Do Not Underestimate the Global Anti-Fracking Movement

Global Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing A new note from the cause

Global Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

Do Not Underestimate the Global Anti-Fracking Movement

Posted by Luke Ashley (cause founder)

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The bitter battle over fracking has gone global, and according to pro-business consultants, the oil and gas industry has every reason to be concerned.

Oil and gas rigs are popping up in communities across the world as the fossil fuels industry races to exploit reserves with the controversial drilling technique known as fracking. In response, a global anti-fracking movement has emerged, and activists are winning victories in countries across world.

A report recently released by the international consulting group Control Risks warns the oil and gas industry that it has underestimated the “sophistication, reach and influence” of the global anti-fracking movement. The report contends the opposition is not simply a spotty, not-in-my-backyard phenomenon “masquerading as environmentalism,” but a diverse and well-organized coalition that is unlikely to be swayed by the industry’s well-funded public relation campaigns.

Fracking Unites Activists and Communities

The global anti-fracking movement may be grassroots in nature, but communities and activists across the world share the same concerns about the “significant” impacts of fracking

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United we stand, Divided we fall. Together with international unity and resolve, we can meet the challenge of this global scourge and work to bring about an international law of zero tolerance for the fracking industry.

No-one gets an iron-clad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance.

Thank you to ALL Global Fracking Ban members for all your hard work, determination and especially, perseverance throughout 2012.

May 2013 bring us the results we expect for the benefit of future generations.

Want to get involved? See this note on Causes

Conversation with US fractivist re using company contact information

Following my posting of the UK Oil & Gas companies contact details, I was contacted by US fractivist, Dory Hippauf, who is particularly interested in identifying and getting at the players behind the scenes in this industry. She founded the site FRACKorporation. Her spreadsheet is immense (see attached below)She says: “We are interested in corporate connections across ALL shale play. FRACKorporation’s purpose it to find, investigate and share information on corporations, politicians, front groups, Astroturf, lobbyists etc related to the practice of “fracking”. We seek to “connect the dots. Follow us on Twitter:

We had this Facebook conversation, which I would like to share with you:

The attached spreadsheet is my connect the dots raw data for marcellus shale players. Marcellus Gas Play Players.xls

Very impressive
2 questions:
1. How long has this taken to piece together
2. What has been the most profitable use you have found for this info?

1. I started working on it about 2 1/2 years ago, it will continue until it’s no longer needed
2. Most profitable? My blog posts and presentations are based on the data, and I share it with others.
Opens people’s eyes to how much money is being passed around and how incestual the relationships are between corporations, politicians and other organizations.
When organizing a protest – it’s helpful tool to know who’s who so the protest is targeted at the right person/corporation. No sense in staging a protest outside of Exxon-Mobil when you have the issue with Royal Dutch Shell – right?
The frackers know who we are, what organizations we belong to etc. So I thought turn about is fair play.

Fantastic – thanks for that. Very helpful.
Is there a big fractivist community where you are? (Which where exactly?)
And what about public awareness and perception over there. We are still struggling to wake people up over here.

I live in Pennsylvania, I am chair of the research committee for Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (FB page –
Our Videos:
Natural gas is “cooked” in our area – meaning there is not enough gas to make it worthwhile to drill. However, we are central for the mid-stream infrastructure of compressor stations, dehydration plants, and main gas transmission lines – all of which is as hazardous (if not more) than a drill pad.
Public perception here is also a problem. Seems no one will get off their duff until there’s a natural gas blowout in their backyard.
We keep trying by being as active as we can in the community. We reach out to people who may have a problem with the gas industry, try to mobilize neighborhoods where infrastructure may be built, and we do presentations, bring in speakers and anything else we can think of to raise awareness and get people involved.

I too am involved with a wide range of anti-fracking groups. With a Geography/Geology background I hope to help with understanding the technicalities of fracking and also the vagaries of the UK planning system. Our story is diarised in reverse chronological order via my local Green Party blog:
It has been great to make this contact with you. It serves to underline the the near global nature of this menace

Great to meet you too !

Link to my blog posts
Dory Hippauf | No Fracking Way

Copy of Marcellus Gas Play Players.xls

Contact details of UK oil/gas companies – frackers and potential frackers

Big thanks to Gary Lewis, who came across this on the DECC website.

(Full Excel spreadsheet attached – see end of posting).

It is a list of the contact details of what appears to be just about all of the UK based PEDL holders –

frackers and potential frackers – and a few other potential players.I am sure you will all be able to

recognise a few names on this list.
FYI re Coastal Oil and Gas/UK Methane, the listed name, Oliver Taylor, is their in-house geologist.

Gerwyn Williams is the aging managing director looking for the quick speculative gain to fund his retirement.

I recommend that you register for a free account with and check out the

companies you are interested in.
You will probably be surprised/shocked at what little tin-pot companies most of these are.

If you struggle with this, let me know which company and I’ll get you a summary.

What to do with this contact information? Suggestions welcome – use your imaginations!

Company Contact Name Address Email
Alkane Energy UK Limited David Oldham Edwinstowe House High Street Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire NG21 9PR
Aspirant Energy Limited Stephen Holmes Sanibel Marley Common Hazelmere, Surrey GU27 3PU
Blackland Park Exploration Limited Rupert Lucett Green Whisby ‘A’ Site, Eagle Moor Lincoln LN6 9DP
Celtique Energie Petroleum Ltd Geoff Davies 55 Bryanston Street London W1H 7AJ
Centrica Resources Limited Jeremy Lockett Millstream, Maidenhead Road Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5GD
Coastal Oil and Gas Limited Oliver Taylor Unit C, Kenfig Industrial Estate Margam, Port Talbot SA13 2PE
Composite Energy Limited Tim Trafford Laurel House Laurelhill Business Park, Polmaise Road Stirling FK7 9JQ
Cuadrilla Resources Ltd Peter Turner Stowegate House Lombard Street Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6DP
EDP Onshore Limited Ian Roche Westfield Estate Milltimber AB13 0EX
Egdon Resources Plc Mark Abbott Suite 2 90-96 High Street Odiham RG29 1LP
EnCore Petroleum Ltd Graham Dore 62-64 Baker Street London W1U 7DF
Europa Oil & Gas Limited Paul Barrett Les Gravanels Gaillac F-81600 France
Fox Energy Exploration Ltd Richard Moore 64 Knightsbridge London SW1X7JF
Greenpark Energy Limited David Leigh Alexander House Mansfield Road Corbriggs, Chesterfield SJ41 0JW
Hurricane Exploration plc Claire Slightam 82, Anstey Road Alton, Hampshire GU34 1RG
Low New Biggin Oil Ltd Michael Gross 6000 Bilton Lane Halifax NS B3H 4M3 Canada
Magellan Petroleum (N.T.) Pty Ltd Gwynn Davies 10th Floor 145 Eagle Street, Brisbane Queensland 4000 Australia
Marathon Petroleum West of Shetland Limited Alistair McIntyre Marathon House, Rubislaw Hill Anderson Drive Aberdeen AB15 6FZ
Midmar Energy Onshore Ltd S Rooksby 6 Dean Park Crescent Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 1HL
MPX (Oil & Gas) Limited Doug Fenwick Ground Floor, 1 Bell Court Leapale Lane Guilford, Surrey GU1 4LY
Mustang Oil Limited Iain MacLachlan Balnieden Drummond Terrace Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4AF
Newton Energy UK Ltd Constance Uzwyshyn 26 Beaconsfield Road St Albans AL1 3RB
Nexen Exploration UK Limited David Chang Kit Charter Place Vine Street Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1JG
Northern Petroleum (GB) Limited Graham Heard Martin House 5 Martin Lane London EC4R 0DP
NWE Southern Cross UK Pty Ltd John Michaels Suite 11, 22 Eden Street Kingston, Surrey KT1 1DN
Oilquest Limited Thomas Mackay Springbank, Fairmile Stoke Prior, Leominster HR6 0SA
Providence Resources (GB) Limited Tony Odone Airfield House Donneybrook, Dublin 4 Ireland
Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited John Hodgins 1520, 840 -7th Ave. SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G2 Canada
Reach Oil & Gas Limited Miles Newman Banchory Business Centre Banchory AB31 5ZU
Reservoir Resources Limited Ivor Fitzpatrick 44/45 St Stephens Green Dublin 2 Ireland
Sonorex Oil & Gas Limited David Barker The Stables, Hammerdown Farm Bath Road, Old Sodbury South Gloucestershire BS37 6RR
Star Energy Weald Basin Limited John Elder Humbly Grove Oilfield, Weston Common The Avenue Lasham, Hampshire GU34 5SY
UK Methane Limited Oliver Taylor Unit C Kenfig Industrial Estate, Margam Port Talbot SA13 2PR
Valhalla Oil and Gas AS Mike Johnson Church Gate 9-11 Church Street West Woking, Surrey GU21 6DJ
Viking UK Gas Ltd Tony Lobban Knapton Generating Station East Knapton Malton, North Yorkshire Yo17 8JF
Weald Petroleum Development Limited Glyn Roberts Wembley Point, 2nd floor, Sharma Suite 1 Harrow Road Wembly, Middlesex HA9 6DE

Copy of Copy of contactsreport.xls

BREAKING NEWS! (from Denis Campbell)

Our American friend in the Vale, Denis Campbell (Publisher & Editor-in-Chief UK Progressive magazine, and US media watcher), supporter of the Vales Says NO! campaign, has alerted us to this fracking related development in the States.

That it has taken this long for American mainstream news channels to catch up with the story is a bit of a shock – but better late than never! Thanks for the heads up Denis.

He writes:

Hey folks!

Mainstream news provider NBC News Today Show -Rossen Reports – this morning showed this explosive story on water set ablaze (like in Gasland).

This is HUGE! A mainstream news organisation running this story in the USA with an audience in the millions is a big break for the movement.

Go to iTunes until Sunday night and download the 11 January episode of NBC TODAY show (video) to save forever to your iPhone or iPad. Dont have one? No problem, go to this website to see the story.

Very important that such a mainstream group has this story.

Please spread this.

Denis Campbell

No Gas Fracking in Wales 1st Meeting Frances Twms Jenkins and Bronwen Little Eris Davies

  • NOWO’Neills , St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1DW   Tel:029 2066 4103
A meeting to discuss the recent developments in the Fracking situation in Wales, most notably the test drilling in Swansea and Maesteg and the prospective licences in Pontypridd and surrounding area.Hydraulic fracturing is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer, by a pressurized fluid. However, the process is argued to cause serious cause damage to the local environment and economy.Including:The contamination of ground water which threatens our arable land.The migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface.Surface contamination from spills (on the roads, at sea etc.)Risks to air quality from burning a fossil fuel and the impact on our carbon output

The health effects of the above factors to humans

Structural damage to buildings in close proximity to the drill site

It is speculated that hydraulic fracturing can trigger earthquakes

The impact on our green economy

The selling of our natural assets to off shore companies

If you are unsure about what Fracking is may I direct you to the following award-winning documentary by Josh Fox “Gasland” and “the Sky Is Pink”.

It is banned in France and Bulgaria so basically we don’t want any transnational companies coming to Wales, taking the gas, polluting our country and then making massive profits for their offshore bank accounts.

Speakers so far:

Andy Chyba – Bridgend Green Party

Representative from Frack Off – tbc

Refreshments by Food Not Bombs

2013 Bridgend Green Party meeting schedule + Diary dates

We will be following a FOURTH Thursday pattern (adjusted at the end of the year to accommodate Xmas):

  • January 24th
  • February 28th
  • March 28th
  • April 25th
  • May 23rd
  • June 27th
  • July 25th
  • August 22nd
  • September 26th
  • October 24th
  • November 21st
  • December 19th

Friday 22nd – Monday 25th February
East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham
(Andy is proposing a motion on Hospital Chaplaincy arrangements – seconded by Bridgend and other South Wales members)
EARLY BIRD CONFERENCE FEES (for bookings up to and including 8th February)

See website for full details and booking forms (online or paper download – let me know if you need any asistance – Andy)

Tbc – usually second weekend in September (Fri 13th – Mon 16th)

Elections – a year off!! Next big campaign will be for Elections to the European Parliament, which will be held in all member states of the European Union (EU) between 5 and 8 June 2014


Response from Councillor Martyn Jones to request to openly support 20’s Plenty for Bettws Campaign

Hi Andy Gareth and DelythThank you for your message This of course is a worthwhile campaign which I will be happy to support especially in terms of attempting to negotiate and influence the Borough Council to at least consider your proposals. I have read the attachment and the Portsmouth example is impressive. I will raise this with officers directly responsible for Community Safety and Highways this coming week and I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss further. Thank you for taking an interest in Bettws and as you have rightly identified this is an opportunity for the community to lead the way in the Borough



Hi Martyn,

Thank you for the prompt reply and encouraging words. If we leave this with you for a week or so to allow you to raise it with the appropriate officers, perhaps we could arrange to meet in a week or so’s time to discuss how best to proceed.

Thanks again,

Andy, Gareth & Delyth
20’s Plenty for Bettws