Cuadrilla “Demobilises” at Controversial Preston Fracking Site

Cuadrilla appears to have ended the fracking part of operations at its site in Lancashire, although it remains in business and is testing the flow rates of gas from a second well it pumped full of water back in August; before the quakes came and forced it to suspend all fracking. Read More >>

Cuadrilla Live-Blogs Bank Holiday Fracking Earthquakes

The third fracking quake to hit Lancashire in the space of a week was the biggest one yet, so well done to everyone at Cuadrilla if that's what they're trying to achieve by pumping water into the ground to make the gas come out. Read More >>

Mini Quake Gives Lancashire Frackers the Day Off Again

The pumps of Cuadrilla that sit atop its Lancashire fracking testbed have been switched off again, thanks to the ground activity triggering the largest seismic event yet last night. Read More >>

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Wallace and Gromit’s Favourite Cheese Will Help Heat Thousands of Yorkshire Homes

If you're lactose intolerant, you'll know all about the delightfully flatulent symptoms that follow in the wake of nibbling on hunks of cheese and bowlfuls of ice cream. Now imagine your bowels are a power plant and you can turn those farts into renewable energy. Read More >>

Engineers OK Switching Our Gas Grid to Hydrogen

The Institution of Engineering and Technology has been tasked with investigating the possibility of eliminating natural gas from our heating and cooking systems, and yes, they say we could switch to hydrogen without having to dig up and replumb the nation, drastically reducing the UK's burnt-stuff output in time for 2050's net-zero carbon target date. Read More >>

Pumped-Out North Sea Gas Fields Could be Refilled With CO2 by the Mid-2020s

Scientists are about to try to make new use of the sucked-out spots under the North Sea we've created by piping out gas to warm our homes, with a new carbon capture and storage project hoping to use existing undersea pipework to pump our unwanted CO2 into long term storage where the gas used to live. Read More >>

Bristol Energy Company Sells Gas Generated From Sewage

A renewable energy company is supplying the people of Bristol with a unique and potentially endless source of clean energy -- gas made from rotting sewage. Read More >>

Hopefully This Poo-Powered Composting Street Light is Not the Future

A street light up the Malvern Hills is doing something exciting. It's shining away, guiding walkers out on their walks, with the energy it uses coming from a composting system that's powered by rotting bags of dog poo. Read More >>

The US Finally Admitted That Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

A new report by the US Environmental Protection Agency concludes that hydraulic fracturing is capable of contaminating drinking water at virtually every stage in the process. The admission won’t sit well with the Tories or US President-elect Donald Trump, both of whom have vowed to expand the controversial practice. Read More >>

Scientists Claim Breakthrough in Converting Cow Farts to Useful Liquid Fuel

Something quite interesting and serious that might help save the world without making everyone drive an electric car and live on insect protein has been revealed by researchers, who claim to have found a straightforward method of converting troublesome and abundant natural gas methane into potential engine-powering juice methanol. Read More >>

British Gas’ Boiler IQ System is a 24/7 Doctor for Your Home

A new kind of boiler-monitoring system has been revealed by the fossil fuel enthusiasts at British Gas, one that has a range of embedded sensors inside it to monitor its health -- and radio back to base should an engineer be needed to unclog something with a straightened out coat hanger. Read More >>

British Gas is Absolutely Raking it in

British Gas made a whopping £574 million in profits in 2015. That's a tidy sum. It represents a 31% upswing from the previous year, during which it brought in £439 million. The company says this was due to a 5% increase in gas consumption, as a result of colder weather, though we’re pretty sure the massive drop in wholesale gas prices played a small part too. Read More >>

National Grid Gas Supply Sale Greenlit Despite Winter Blackout Warnings

The National Grid is set to sell a majority stake in its gas distribution business, in a multi-billion pound deal that could get underway early next year. The UK power operator  is doing well financially, recording a 21 per cent jump in adjusted pre-tax profits, up from £1.14bn to £1.37bn in the six months to 30 September, and says it wants to "realise the value it has created in the networks." Read More >>

The Truth About Your Flammable Farts

Contrary to popular belief, it’s probably not methane leaking from your backside that lights a fart on fire (which is known as pyroflatulence). Rather, it’s most likely primarily hydrogen. Read More >>