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Francis Egan: Jeremy Warner is wrong on shale gas

February 20, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Cuadrilla’s CEO responds to Jeremy Warner in today’s Telegraph:


I still find it incredible that Jeremy Warner or anybody else is having this debate.

If Cuadrilla want to spend money continuing to develop the Bowland Shale, that is their decision, and not Warner’s. Whether it is successful or not, we will have to wait and see.

But it is Cuadrilla who will lose out if it is not, and the country that will gain if it is.

Personally I would rather trust Francis Egan in this matter rather than a journalist with an agenda.

  1. February 20, 2022 12:47 pm

    Fantastic Geologicals.
    JR Ewing would be so happy with those.

  2. Martin Brumby permalink
    February 20, 2022 12:49 pm

    I wouldn’t trust Jeremy Warner to tell me the time of day.
    He has made a career from either being monumentally stupid or deliberate lying. Or maybe both.
    You choose.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      February 20, 2022 6:44 pm

      I am ashamed to share his name.

  3. Colin R Brooks AKA Dung permalink
    February 20, 2022 12:54 pm

    Well… I should keep quiet and just agree with Francis so that Vernon shuts up about early flow tests being poor. Of course Jeremy is wrong and remember he is joined at the hip to AEP ^.^
    However if you seek a motive for Francis Egan; When the Chinese took over Quadrilla by setting up the investment company Kerogen (in Hong Kong) who then took over A J Lucas, a certain Mr Egan was added to the main board of Kerogen, bet that is a nice little earner ^.^

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 20, 2022 1:25 pm

      Yes, Colin, the Chinese link to Cuadrilla was one of my concerns. Once upon a time we flogged everything strategic to the French: seems the Chinese have taken over. (In years to come will my grandchildren be taught about the evil colonialist from the East? )

      • Gerry, England permalink
        February 21, 2022 2:22 pm

        They won’t because criticism of The Party will not be permitted under life in prison or death. Not unlike today’s Nazi Canada…

  4. February 20, 2022 1:26 pm

    Will the person or people responsible for putting this 0.5 Richter scale stop on the statute book please stand up and explain?
    For me this action verge’s on a criminality as it denies the population of an energy source it desperately needs.
    Fat chance that they will.

    • Robert Christopher permalink
      February 20, 2022 1:46 pm

      I read that ‘they’ couldn’t decide the level, so they put it at 0.5, with a view to change it once they had decided on the appropriate value. Naive, but possible.

      And they they never got around to changing it.

      If you believe that ….. 🙂

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        February 20, 2022 2:00 pm

        I could imagine that a long queue of people in line for Covid jabs could set off 0.5! What to do? Cancel the jab? 🙂

      • Dave Bennett permalink
        February 20, 2022 11:01 pm

        Coming from Wellington New Zealand ,where there is a continuous background of small earthquakes of varying sizes, I think a magnitude level of 3, if not more, would be a reasonable standard. The present 0.5 level is absurd, and was obviously set to kill all and any appraisal of the shale gas resource.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      February 20, 2022 3:02 pm

      I believe it was Ed “Mr. Potato Head” Davey, who has massive stakes in Unreliables.

    • February 20, 2022 3:22 pm

      What needs to be done is to ensure that legislation is passed to limit all quarry blasts to less than Magnitude 0.5 Richter.
      After all, those Anthropogenic Seismic Waves are so dangerous.
      Kilkenny quake turns out to be a quarry blast

      • Matt Dalby permalink
        February 21, 2022 11:31 pm

        I can remember being in the Highlands a few years ago when there were a number of large explosions a few miles away, probably causing “earthquakes” much greater than magnitude 0.5. The cause was blasting out 100’s of tonnes of rock to create the base for wind turbines.
        One rule for some, but not for others.

    • ThinkingScientist permalink
      February 20, 2022 8:01 pm

      As I mentioned before, the Geothermal borehole at the Eden Project, Cornwall caused an induced (man-made) seismic event of 1.1 magnitude on 23 January 2022. That is 4x larger in intensity than the fracking limit of 0.5 magnitude.

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 20, 2022 8:13 pm

      Fracking for geothermal permits tremors up to 4.0ML

      3,000x bigger and 177,000x stronger than permitted for shale-gas fracking

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      February 20, 2022 9:02 pm

      It was Ed Davey when Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

      No doubt advised by a Civil “Service” pseudo scientist hand picked for his GangGreen beliefs.

      But Davey was head honcho and he is the one who should be languishing in the Tower.

      Especially as later, whilst working for a solar energy firm, he bragged of having prevented Fracking from being achievable in the UK.

      Nice that he was tearing strips off the Tories just last week for the cost and unreliability of Energy.

      The poltroon.

  5. February 20, 2022 4:08 pm

    Sending to MP.

  6. John Halstead permalink
    February 20, 2022 5:24 pm

    Anyone with half a brain can see that the UK needs its own independent gas supply. Not only does it shield us from Russian supply and others, but it helps our balance of payments.
    The warmists will ruin our economy if our leaders don’t do something. Boris needs to stand up to Mrs J.

  7. Thomas Carr permalink
    February 20, 2022 6:05 pm

    I wrote to Francis Egan on the 14th February , prompted by his article in the Comment column of the Sunday Telegraph and closed by saying……..

    “What is likely to have more impact is a full-on allocation of the blame for these extraordinary (gas price) increases (on) the green movement in all its guises. This, I suggest, you could cover in a subsequent Comment column as it has more currency in the political arena. Delay in failing to attribute the problem to the greens is a lost opportunity to undermine their very purpose.
    This would be a stance attractive to both the main parties and find an eager audience tired with the self righteous antics of Extinction Rebellion et al.

    In short : Vote green and suffer poverty.”

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      February 20, 2022 7:01 pm

      Be green and become extinct.

  8. Stonyground permalink
    February 21, 2022 9:40 am

    How exactly are we saving the planet by not doing the allegedly harmful thing and then buying the product that we don’t produce from abroad? Is the allegedly harmful thing just deemed to be not happening if it is far enough away that we can’t see it?

  9. George Lawson permalink
    February 21, 2022 10:45 pm

    Why is our Prime Minister so blind as to ignore such positive information on fracking? If he cannot persuade his wife to change her twisted views then he should have the courage to go ahead on fracking without her..

  10. February 22, 2022 11:33 am

    Cuadrilla were allowed to frac only 13% of their well. The flow rates were low and even if the whole wellbore was fracked they would have been lucky to make 1mmscfd, which in oil and gas industry terms is a pathetic cigarette lighter. Much better results would be needed to prove commerciality. Good luck to them if they want to risk their backers money though. Egan is also guilty of misrepresentation by saying 10% recovery would supply 50 years of UK demand. There is literally zero reliable information that any gas is recoverable from the Bowland Shale outside the very limited area where Cuadrilla have tested. But good luck to them, as I said.

    • February 22, 2022 11:40 am

      There is literally zero reliable information that any gas is recoverable from the Bowland Shale outside the very limited area where Cuadrilla have tested.

      Oh well that proves it then, case closed.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      February 22, 2022 1:24 pm

      Can you supply credible references to that? Or are you really Jeremy Warner making stuff up?
      In any case, two preliminary test drillings are hardly representational, are they?
      And don’t forget, Cuardrilla isn’t spending taxpayers’ money, so it’s no skin off your nose if it fails to produce, is it?

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