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North. The headlines tonight: Millions of pounds for Lincolnshire
as a major oil company invests in fracking in the county.
This has been going on and has been done safely. It is not hugely
impacting in terms of the local community.
David Cameron visits Lincolnshire to give his support to fracking.
People can already see this is a safe and successful industry,
employing a local people. An inquest into the death of a Red
Arrows pilot hears an engineer who worked on his plane wasn't properly
authorised. The residents campaigning for the
removal of this eyesore in the Humber.
Two games from Wembley ` non`league North Ferriby reach the quarter
finals of the FA Trophy. And the forecast will follow later
in the programme. The major French oil company Total
has today announced it will invest ?28 million in Lincolnshire to carry
out fracking. To show his support for the industry, the Prime Minister
visited Lincolnshire this morning. On a trip to Gainsborough, he told
BBC Look North that fracking, which is the extraction of shale gas from
underground will bring huge benefits to the local economy. We'll hear
from David Cameron in a moment, but first let's look at how widespread
the impact of fracking could be for us here. The geology of our area
means large parts of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have already been
licensed for fracking, the black areas. In the red areas, more
licences will be auctioned in the summer. So what does fracking
involve? It means drilling down and then injecting a mix of water, sand
and chemicals into the earth under high pressure. This then releases
the shale gas which flows back to ground level. Supporters say it will
mean cheap energy bills but environmental campaigners say the
process could cause contamination and lead to earth tremors. Our first
report tonight comes from our political editor, Tim Iredale.
We have nothing to fear from fracking. That was the Prime
Minister's message today, as he toured an oil depot near
Gainsborough. This is one of the areas earmarked by the French energy
giant Total which has announced the biggest ever investment in the UK
shale gas industry. We are promised lower energy bills. Here on the
Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border, where we have oil and gas
extraction taking place right now, people can already see this is a
safe and successful industry, employing local people. It will be
even more so when they moved to exploiting shale gas opportunities
as well. But some remain sceptical about this new potential energy
source. The health impacts of methane in the water courses are of
a huge concern. Most importantly, it is local communities. They watch how
we function and operate every day. Their right to ask the questions,
but she'll gas... However, those already involved with shale gas
exploration say that risk is minimal. The Government accepts his
country as # this process is controversial, but he says people
will come to see the economic benefits of shale gas exploration.
I do apologise. That is a slight problem there with the film. I spoke
to the group that interest `` represents the interests of the oil
and gas industry and I asked what financial incentive Gainsborough
would get. It is difficult to say at this
process in time. In terms of funding, we have said five `?10
million per site over the lifetime of the asset. Most of it will come
in the first ten years. In terms of local communities, the Government
has talked about business rates being 1.7 million for each council.
This is a bribe, isn't it, to accept something that people do not want on
their back door. Now, it is not a bribe. It is an award for hosting
sites on behalf of others in the country. Secondly, it is a
commonplace scheme in terms of business rates and committee funds.
It comes from the onshore wind and give. Total is French. I gather fans
do not want it and have come knocking here. Total's announcement
today is very good in terms of energy security and economic
benefits. France have made a political decision not to do
hydraulic fracturing for this moment in time. That could change. We have
heard the earthquake story in Blackpool. We have seen frightening
pictures of tap water in America. We do not know if this is safe, do we?
We have a highly regulated industry in the UK. We have four different
regulators looking at this over a long period of time. We have been
chilling in this country for over 100 years. We have hydraulically
fractured very safely and environmentally sensitive way. But
we have seen what happened in Blackpool. It is untested. Our
broadcast area map almost identically is covered by the
fracking map. What you say to people who are concerned? There was a study
last year about induced seismicity. A situation like that will not
happen again. Is it a gamble? No. The fracking process has caused
widespread controversy, with environmental campaigners organising
protests whenever it has been tested in other parts of the country. But
supporters say it will mean more money for councils to spend on local
services. Our reporter has been to the village of Laughton near
Gainsborough to find out what people living there think of fracking in
the area. Laughton, a quiet Lincolnshire
village surrounded by fields. It is exactly the type of place companies
think could be perfect to explore for shale gas. Last year, plans were
approved to allow drilling on this field just outside the village.
There was local opposition back then and villagers I've spoken to today
say cash incentives wouldn't have made any difference. I would rather
not have the fracking and not have any facilities that are likely to be
provided by any so`called intervention money. Now, it is
bribery. Out and out bribery. What we need here is not right money. So
why such negativity towards fracking? Reports of
mini`earthquakes, water contamination and environmental
damage and the effect on the environment has worried many. Joy
has lived here for 40 years. She believes any drilling nearby would
change the nature of the village. I do worry quite a lot about the
possibility of tremors. I am also annoyed about the aspect of
wildlife. This is an area with a tremendous variety of wildlife. How
that is good to be affected, I cannot begin to think. We will go
through an extremely rigorous planning process. The council says
the money offered by the Government won't influence decisions on whether
to grant planning applications, but in principle it has welcomed the
idea. It is nice that they are there, but it will not alter what we
have to do to check and make sure that the application is safe. There
has not been drilling here so far. After today's endorsements, it is
likely many villages in this area could see applications for gas apple
take `` gas exploration beneath them.
We would be very keen to hear yours. `` hear your thoughts on
this. Would you welcome fracking if it means bringing jobs and
investment to the area? How worried are you about the environmental
impacts, not just to Lincolnshire, but East Yorkshire as well? If you
want to get in touch, follow the details on screen.
An inquest into the death of a Red Arrows pilot has heard that a senior
engineer had warned about a risk to life because of a lack of manpower
and training of engineers working on his aircraft. Sean Cunningham died
when his ejection seat activated while his plane was on the ground at
RAF Scampton in November 2011. Today the inquest heard that the
authorisation for one of the engineers had lapsed shortly before
the accident. Jake Zuckerman has been in court. What was said about
the lapse in authorisation? Today, the inquest has focussed on
the maintenance undertaken on the ejection seat in Flight Lieutenant
Cunningham's aircraft prior to the incident which led to his death.
Cunningham's aircraft prior to the incident which led The inquest heard
from Sergeant Michael Poultney, an armourer working at RAF Scampton.
Prior to the incident, he had carried out work on the ejection
seat. He said he wasn't aware that over`tightening a particular bolt
could potentially lead to the seat failing to operate properly.
It also emerged that his authorisation to carry out the work
had lapsed, and that he should have undertaken a refresher course. The
inquest here from senior officers about the laps and authorisation?
The inquest also heard from Wing Commander Ross Priday, who was the
senior engineering officer for the Red Arrows. He said, the fact that
an authorisation had expired concerned me greatly. It was
unacceptable. The inquest was told that an audit of Sergeant Poultney's
work was carried out by the RAF, but no problems were highlighted. Wing
Commander Priday said, the conclusion of that is that the lapse
in authority posed no airworthiness or safety threat whatsoever and
therefore wasn't a factor in this accident. In the course of evidence,
it emerged that prior to the accident the Wing Commander had
raised concerns about the risk to life posed by a lack of manpower and
training issues on the engineering side at the Red Arrows. But he said
that he didn't believe that either of these issues had contributed to
the accident that killed Sean Cunningham. The inquest continues
tomorrow. Police have named a man from Louth who was found murdered
over the weekend. Richard Samuel Woods ` who was 32 ` was found at a
house on Spring Terrace in the early hours of Sunday morning. A
23`year`old man arrested at the scene remains in police custody.
Hull Crown Court has heard today how a 28`year`old woman died in a crash
after her car was hit by another vehicle driven in a tragic
coincidence by her younger sister. Rosie Ann Stone, who is 20, denies
causing the death of her sister Jennie Stone by careless driving on
the A165 near Fraisthorpe. The collision last February happened
just months after their soldier brother, Greg, was killed in
Afghanistan. The case continues. Hull City Council's cabinet has
backed a report recommending the closure of Endeavour High School
next year. The school, which opened in 2003, has been placed in special
measures three times and has seen a yearly fall in student numbers.
Railway services between Sleaford and Lincoln have returned to normal
today. The lime has been closed since Tuesday due to landslip.
Network Rail see that work to stabilise the bank has been
completed. It is claimed that a disused tidal
power generator in the Humber is an eyesore and is affecting house
prices in the area. Now a campaign has begun to have it removed. The
Neptune was built to provide power to The Deep, but the project was
scrapped when the company behind it went into liquidation. Emma Massey
reports. This is the Neptune, the result of
seven years of private investment. Its job ` to harness the power of
the River Humber to generate electricity. The project was
abandoned nearly a year ago, and so too was this yellow contraption. Now
we have got a pile of junk overlooking all the residents.
Phillip Gittens, who had enjoyed the views from his house for seven years
before it arrived, says his neighbours in Victoria Dock feel the
same way. It's an eyesore and they want it removed. If you were looking
at the window before that came, you looked onto the river. It was a nice
view. Now you look onto that monstrosity. For this house
particularly, it looks directly onto it. Neptune Renewable Energy
deployed it in January 2012 but despite testing and modifications
they were unable to achieve enough electricity. The company then went
into liquidation. It is not being maintained because the company
behind it has gone past. There is a problem with noise from it. We're
worried about vandalism on the site. We were promised when it first went
in that the area would be returned to the stated was before it went in,
and that is what we want to see happen. The Crown now owns the land
the device is on. They have to maintain it but they don't have to
remove it. That's the job of the Department for Energy and Climate
Change. It's says it's in "active discussions with partner agencies
for the safe and expedient decommissioning of the facility
following the owners going into liquidation". But this won't be a
quick process. You have got to think about the environment, navigational
safety. It is not just the case of killing of the bulldozer and taking
it away. It is a very complicated process that has to be going through
to decommission it. I would imagine the decommissioning process would
have been thought about when the original licence for the facility
was granted. There were high hopes for this
renewable energy device to power business and homes along the Humber.
Now the only hope is that it is removed. And while as yet there's no
frame for that, residents should feel safe in the knowledge that the
lease cannot be sold on. So once this eyesore has gone, it's gone for
good. We will let you know what happens on that one.
Still ahead tonight: Smoking allowed ` the fish producers who say their
protected status has been a waste of time.
The best and the worst ` one train spotter's journey around all of the
country's stations. Tonight's photograph is taken by
Terry Wilde in East Park Lake. Stunning picture. Thank you very
much. Send your photograph in. I thought we did a train anorak
piece last week? This is very embarrassing. Let's have a look at
the weather over the next 24 hours. There is a warning of is in place.
We have not seen that too often this winter. But we will have is for the
commute fostering in the morning. Tomorrow, a lovely winter's day, try
with sunshine. A ridge of high pressure before this weather system
brings rain in from the South West. In mild day to come on Wednesday.
This is the line of showers. This arm of showers came through
Birmingham with hailstones and torrential rain. It is heading
towards Lincolnshire in the next couple of hours. It will slowly
cloud over and there will be a scattering of showers, erratically
spreading north eastwards. We will see clearer skies developing right
towards the end of the night. That is when temperatures will take a dip
and there is a risk of icy patches on untreated surfaces. Lows in the
range of 1`3 Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at 12 minutes
past eight. Your next high water time, there we are. Patchy fog and
icy patches. It will brighten up fairly steadily through the
first`half of the morning. It is a winter's day, that high insuring a
dry day with sunshine and just like West Southwest wind. Despite the
fact it will be a light wind, it will feel quite chilly with highs
below average of five Celsius. Rain to come on Tuesday night. Wednesday,
rain at fast and again late on. In between, mild and drive but cloudy
with, at the moment, Thursday and Friday looking dry with some
sunshine. That is the forecast. I tell you what, I will send you the
invoice for that one. See you tomorrow.
Four years ago, traditional Grimsby smoked fish joined the likes of
champagne and Wensleydale cheese, winning EU protected status. But
while it has led to increased sales for other foods, Grimsby's
smokehouses say they haven't seen the benefit at all, and the local
council isn't doing enough to promote them. Jill Archbold reports.
Here in Grimsby, they have been smoking fish to the traditional
recipe for more than 100 years. We have the salmon at the bottom, the
other biggest Sony do most smoke. They will be in for 24 hours. The
haddock is higher up in the smokers. Four years ago, Grimsby's
traditionally smoked fish won an award. But they say the council is
not supported industry enough. It is simple things like seeing this is
the home of Grimsby traditionally smoked fish. So that when people
enter the town they know will work to go. Protected geographical
indication was introduced by the European Union in 1993. Products
registered under the scheme have legal protection against imitation
flout the EU. 63 British prog... Products are protected. `` 63
British products are protected. The food tourism industry is worth ?70
million a year. If they do not promote it, they are missing a
trick. Grimsby is a lot larger than ours and the opportunity for them is
enormous. Not just an smoked fish, but also using other seafood
products. I am committed to getting as much out of tourism for the
borrower of knowledge. It is `` if it is through fish processing, we're
up for it. I would like to see what they would like the council to do.
Meanwhile, at the traditional fish docks, traditional smokers say there
is potential for to those based industry. `` 40 tourism based
industry. A BBC Inside Out investigation has
discovered the current leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers is
threatening to sue its former leader Arthur Scargill for just over
?100,000. The money was paid to cover legal bills run up by the
International Energy and Miners Organisation, of which mist Scargill
is president. The NUM has also stopped payments of ?20,000 a year
in subscriptions to the organisation.
The trouble happened when I was asked to justify paying that amount
of money and I asked to look at accounts and was refused to be
given. We'll do think that ?20,000 a year has been going? I have no idea.
That is why want to see the accounts.
In a statement, Mr Scargill told us the NUM had breached a decision of
its own conference by stopping the payments. He says the IEMO has
always presented accounts in accordance with the instruction of
its congress. And there's more on that story in a special Inside Out
investigation tonight on BBC One at 7.30pm.
A home tie in the quarterfinal of the FA Trophy is North Ferriby
United's reward for their 4`0 victory at Lincoln City. They'll now
play Gosport in the next round while Grimsby Town also have home
advantage. With all the football news, here's our sports reporter
Simon Clark. They have been playing on a
different planet this season, but a 4`0 victory at Lincoln City must be
one of the best in this history of North Ferriby United. It is given a
quarterfinal tie against Gosport. Gosport in the conference South.
They are not a team that is playing `` plying their trade at a higher
level. We have to consider home advantage is a great opportunity to
get to the semifinal. The draw for North Ferriby United against Gosport
means they have missed some of the bigger guns in the competition,
including Grimsby Town, who will play the winners of the Tamworth
`trolley replay. Hull City were having a more difficult time against
Chelsea in the Premier League. If it wasn't for Allan McGregor,
this could have been far worse. Time and again, Scotland's number one
came to the rescue with a number of fine saves from excellent Chelsea
play. In the end, he was blameless for the Chelsea goals. The first was
a splendid effort from Eden Hazard. The second near the end was struck
by Fernando Torres. The season will not be defined by games against
Chelsea. But over the last couple of months, especially against the big
boys, we have kept the ball better and played better as a team. Today,
first`half was OK, second`half, we will know will near posing a threat.
One of the special goals of the weekend came from Scunthorpe
United's Paul Hayes. Sign for a third spell, he kept United top of
League Two with the second. Some goal that, from Paul Hayes. Back to
the FA Trophy quarterfinals. They will be played on the 1st of
February, which could have an impact on the gate here. Just down the road
on the same day at the same time, Hull City will be playing Tottenham
Hotspur. Well done to them.
It Lincolnshire cricketer was one of the top performers as England's
woman won the Ashes. She scored a total of 103 in the victory.
Fantastic news. It has taken him four years and he's
covered thousands of miles in that time. Andrew Dowd has visited every
one of the 2,548 railway stations in Britain and he says Gainsborough's
central station is the worst one he visited. I've been talking to Andrew
about his visits and asked him what was wrong with Gainsborough.
Quite a lot of things, actually. It is inaccessible and could not give
your Friday. It was locked up. Only open on Saturday. It looked very
weedy, full of weeds and very unloved. That is not good news, is
it? What needs to be done to Gainsborough station, then? Better
services, maybe one in the morning and in the evening rather than all
on a Saturday. Bit of tell `` a bit of TLC as well. You are an expert.
What makes a good station? It would have to be staff, services, access
ability. For me personally, and is coughing on the platform. You're
going to the train station to train, not a coffee. You do look barrel
haven, don't you? Yes, I do. I am a big fan of not just visiting
stations, but exploring Britain. When you go a few metres away from
the station platform at Barrow Haven, it has the River Humber and
Humber Bridge in the background. You have all this information in your
bedroom. I do. It is on my computer ready for when they could be
published or make a book. You never know. I would love to read it. Very
good to have gone the programme. Thank you very much indeed. It has
been a pleasure. Andrew has been to every single railway station in the
country. Another study might want to comment
on. Is Andrew being unkind to Gainsborough station? He thinks it
is the worst in the country. Which would you vote as the best or worst
railway stations in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire? The contact details
are on screen. Look forward to hearing from you on the subject of
railway stations. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. Local councils which back fracking
are promised more money despite concerns from green groups.
David Cameron visits Lincolnshire to give his support to the exploration
for shale gas. People can already see that this is a safe and
successful industry, employing local people. The Prime Minister talking
on the programme. Tomorrow's weather: Patchy fog
clearing then dry and bright with sunny spells, although cloud will
increase later with rain spreading east in the evening and overnight.
clearing Maximum temperature, five Celsius.
A big response on the subject of fracking. Philip on Twitter says,
where else will we get gas from when the North Sea is out? I would rather
be energy independent and dependent on Russia. Paul says we need things
like this in the area. We need the jobs. Barry says
fracking is part of the future. Would the naysayers Professor Cole
mile or nuclear power station? Fracking is safe and I know what I
would prefer. This is small`minded and India is small`minded and
India's, get real. `` this is small mindedness.
David Cameron knows it is dangerous but all he sees as profit for he and
his mates, not the local economy. Lots of messages on this subject.
his mates, not the local economy. Lots of messages on We will have
more tomorrow lunchtime. Join me if you can the radio from midday.