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SALFORD COULD BECOME TOXIC FRACKING CENTRE AS PEEL HOLDINGS OPENS NEW GAS DIVISION
 

Star date: 20th February 2015

PEEL HOLDINGS JOINS FRACKING MARKET WITH NEW OIL AND GAS DIVISION

Salford could become the North West centre of the fracking industry as Peel Holdings has announced the creation of a new Gas and Oil business "looking to maximise the economic and supply chain benefits to the North of England from the emerging shale gas industry".

The Peel Group is already heavily involved with IGas Energy, subject of huge anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss last year, and the company's Port Salford could become central to its plans.

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The Peel Group has announced the launch of a new Gas and Oil business which, it states, is "looking to maximise the economic and supply chain benefits to the North of England from the emerging shale gas industry".

The company is aiming to become a "development partner...providing integrated property solutions for the industry" it adds "Peel Gas and Oil is encouraging investment in the infrastructure needed to support shale gas development in the region".

Central to Peel's plans, it appears, is Port Salford and its `Ocean Gateway' project. Last year, Peel produced a report with Amion Consulting titled Shale Gas: The Potential Impact for the North West Economy, which showed a potential of thirty fracking sites (thousands of wells) between Salford and Merseyside, the so-called Ocean Gateway area.

"We are ideally placed to become a regional hub for the industry drawing on existing assets, such as the Manchester Ship Canal and thriving ports, and the wealth of expertise businesses in the area have to offer" said Myles Kitcher, Peel Gas and Oil Managing Director "...We need to act quickly to get a thriving supply chain in place, ready to benefit from the emerging industry."

Mark Whitworth, Peel Ports CEO, added ""The development of the UK shale gas industry offers huge potential but will require a new approach to supply chain management. Capital commitment and investment in specialist equipment, infrastructure and skills is being made by Peel Ports at an early stage to ensure that we are industry-ready and taking a leadership position in preparation for the significant opportunities arising from shale gas production in the UK."

The effects of fracking on the community have been well documented, particularly surrounding the disposal of toxic waste and water from shale gas sites. Last week, John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon, reported directly to Salford people, via the Bez's Bed In protest, on what has happened in America (see Salford Star article here).

Even though surveys and petitions have shown that Salford people oppose fracking in the city, if Port Salford is central to Peel's plans it would be hard for Salford City Council to resist any shale gas activity as it has a vested interest in ensuring the success of the Port.

31million of public subsidy has been handed to Port Salford, including a 4million grant from Salford City Council and a loan of 11million for infrastructure which is costing the Council 360,000 per year in repayments for the first five years (see previous Salford Star article click here).

The Government's Department for Business Skills and Innovation's Regional Growth Fund is chipping in another 15million, and Europe's Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) has handed over a grant of 998,125euros for viability studies.

Meanwhile, in January, Peel was promoting itself within the fracking industry as being able to help get community consent and licenses for shale gas exploration (see here).

Also in January, Salford's Labour Party MPs refused to back a House of Commons motion for a freeze on fracking while the shale gas industry could be investigated. A similar moratorium in New York resulted in a fracking ban, after concerns for the community's safety (see here).

While Salford Labour MPs appear to be saying almost nothing about their party backing fracking, Bolton North East Labour MP David Crausby, said recently... "I think Labour's policy will be in the long run to frack, if you want the honest truth."

Chaz wrote
at 22:37:43 on 22 February 2015
What a loathsome and despicable organisation Peel are. They more than anyone know that good honest Salfordians risked their lives and liberty fighting fracking and yet they don't give a flying **** They truly are a cancer in our community and one day there'll be a reckoning

Lesley Calvert wrote
at 07:23:44 on 22 February 2015
So we are paying in Salford for something we don't want and once again peel holdings are getting rich and not paying the taxes they should. I wondered why they were so keen to get the Port of Salford going. Well I don't want my taxes using for something that is going to poison the environment. It will be too late when we have earthquakes or contaminated water supplies to listen to us. I see these who want to frack are not having it in their back yard. No just the backyards of the people of Salford.

dirty peel wrote
at 18:31:40 on 21 February 2015
Peel are also tax avoiders http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-22858601

Salford Lad wrote
at 05:44:46 on 21 February 2015
PS Charles ? Really ? Is that the best you can do ?

Salford Lad wrote
at 23:02:34 on 20 February 2015
Peel Holdings and the LabCon Councils of Salford and Trafford seem to be stuck in some sort of infinite loop of by-gone eras, the world has moved on, yet these throwbacks to a dirty age of exploitation and degradation of our precious environmental resources and the people continue to operate as though they have never heard of climate change, the global green movement and divestment ! Have these Neo-liberal automatons heard the recent statements of Ban Ki Moon, Mark Carney, The Pope ? My suggestion to Peel, and Salford and Trafford Council is learn how to do business in the 21st century, no-one is into being poisoned these days, you could get away with it in the 1920's and the 1950's, but, wakey, wakey, this ain't the 1920's or the 1950's, and the Atlantic Gateway Project won't be of much use if Merseyside is under water because of sea-level rise, so think on "business leaders" and "councillors" because you lot are looking like drunks at a casino and that's proper embarrassing ! In the words of the great peoples anthem "you can stick you're fracking drilling up yer arse"

Charles wrote
at 19:57:38 on 20 February 2015
re JT Did we take our medication today?

will latham wrote
at 16:52:38 on 20 February 2015
I read of these "plans"in a Liverpool paper and they talked of an emerging industry."Come on get in at the beginning" - they are saying to investors.It is all highly speculative stuff from the speculators which seems to have wholehearted backing from the authorities in GOVERNMENT.Let the people speak and banish this environmental threat.

JT wrote
at 14:55:02 on 20 February 2015
Clean free power 20 February 2015 http://jonsthings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/clean-free-power.html A flame of fossil fuels does a bit of molecular nuclear fusion 1 CmHn+(m+r)O2 ->(mCO2-E)+r(n/2He2++O32-+L+E2+Xray) This is chemical notation for burning oil. CmHn is the chemical equation for oil. For petroleum m=16. For diesel m=12. Oxidising carbon fuels takes in energy. The nuclear fusion idea is so exothermic, the net process is very exothermic. To double the amount of fusion heat we should titanium plate the engine body or boiler plate. This will more than double the power of the engine. We can then halve the amount of fossil fuels we need to burn, for the same power. Nature has a better way! The turbulent flow of high pressure water or steam 2 H2O+T ->He2++O2-+E2+L+Xray A steam plasma converts hydrogen ions and free electrons into neutrons. These enrich the other ions, which undergo nuclear fission until we just get energy light. He each nuclear fission converts some of the neutrons into energy. A hydrogen plasma is eight times as exothermic as hyper toxic uranium fission. A steam plasma is only five times. Uranium fission is 60,000 times as efficient oway artery mass into energy than burning fossil fuels. Hidden in a equation 1 is a conversion of hydrogen ions and electrons into neutrons. And they conversion into heat light and X rays. Uranium fission converts eight neutrons from total hours of 236 into heat. So 1/64th of a mass ends up as an energy. The rest ends up as hyper toxic radioactive waste. The molecular nuclear fusion equation of which 2 is a summary, commerce half its mass into energy. Equation 2 is twice as exothermic again. So we are looking at 150,000 the thermal efficiency of the steam plasma convert to burning fossil fuels. We fire up a 1cmx1m steam plasma is in a pulse of electricity at 2000 volts. Above four atmospheres itself sustains. Lightning tells as this would generate a constant 5.8 MW/m. Trying no external current. As it self sustains above four atmospheres. We usually burn or oil or gas and eight atmospheres. So even a titanium plated boiler plate still liberates 75,000 times the heat the mass we consume. And above four atmospheres itself sustains. Turning regular water into near unlimited heat, light and low power X rays. Burning fossil fuels today releases as many X rays. So when youre driving a car around, you are irradiating yourself. Hence the decline in male fertility since the industrial revolution. So we can convert regular water directly into heat we drive a steam cycle. And generate free electricity. Which we can safely years with no X rays! And burning oil or gas is not a good idea. It is massively energy deficient by a factor of 150,000. And the fuels and cells are massively overpriced. It radiate the immediate area. Often including your own genitals. And all this science was published in the 1950s. 30 years before I did a masters into Engineering Materials. Jonathan Thomason JonThm9@aol.com

Andrew Holmes wrote
at 13:45:01 on 20 February 2015
Plz listen to the public We are against this move all you see is But you not thinking about our enviroment only your pockets

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