The Stream, September 22: U.K. Shale Gas

More than a third of the European Union’s agro-environmental aid is given to farms that have no ecological problems, according to a study by the European Court of Auditors, EUobserver reported.

Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Limited announced that it had found 200 trillion cubic feet of shale gas in two wells drilled in northwestern England. Yet, the British Geological Survey estimates that onshore shale gas resources in the U.K. could amount to just 5.3 trillion cubic feet. And a few months ago, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that the U.K. has 20 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas resources. Who’s right?

About 250 rice farmers in a South Texas could lose their main source of water next year under an emergency drought measure approved Wednesday by the Lower Colorado River Authority and under consideration by state authorities, Associated Press reported.

Low water levels in the Congo River Basin have reduced the power output at the Inga I and II dams, with dire consequences for the electricity supply in the capital Kinshasa and two other provinces, according to IPS.

Scotland’s water regulator has criticized water and sewage service provider Scottish Water over failures that led to high aluminium levels affecting the supplies to 12,000 homes near Glasgow, the BBC reported.

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