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What does Origin Energy backing out of gas exploration mean for the Channel Country?

On a stormy afternoon, grazier Kerri Pidgeon and her husband Ken Griffiths are checking creek levels on their sprawling cattle station. Key points: Origin Energy is abandoning its fracking ambitions in Queensland’s Channel Country The move is being welcomed by traditional owners, graziers and lobby groups Advocates say their fight to protect the sensitive river … Read more

Jacob Rees-Mogg claims fracking opponents are funded by the Kremlin

But in a written statement to MPs on Thursday, Mr Rees-Mogg suggested that the risk of further earthquakes was worth taking, and that more data could be collected when drilling resumes. “While HM Government will always try to limit disturbance to those living and working near to sites, tolerating a higher degree of risk and … Read more

Government will push ahead with fracking, says Jacob Rees-Mogg despite earthquake fears

The CPRE has also written to Mr Rees-Mogg. Fracking was banned by the Conservative government in 2019, after a 2.9 magnitude tremor at the Preston New Road site in Lancashire, owned by Cuadrilla, and a subsequent investigation which found that it was not possible to accurately predict the probability or magnitude of earthquakes. There had … Read more

Liz Truss vows ‘never again’ on exorbitant energy bills

The scrapping of green levies on energy bills – a Tory leadership campaign pledge from Ms Truss – is expected to be confirmed on Thursday.  On Wednesday, the Prime Minister also indicated that she wants to help households that rely on heating oil for fuel.  Meanwhile, ministers are drawing up plans with energy companies on … Read more

The next PM’s options to tackle the energy crisis – and what they will cost

The Chancellor himself signalled that the Treasury preferred a more targeted approach. Mr Zahawi acknowledged the potentially eye-watering costs of a universal benefit of up to £100bn over two years, saying it would “probably help wealthier households who may not need the help […] households like mine.” In fact, under the policy, which was originally … Read more

Channel Country advisory group outcomes about gas exploration and fracking remain secret

Almost 12 months after the Queensland government quietly granted oil and gas leases in the environmentally sensitive Channel Country they promised to protect, there are calls for the outcome of stakeholder meetings to be made public.  Key points: A beef company and a traditional owner say Queensland’s organic beef industry is at risk if further gas exploration is … Read more