An icy rain is pelting about 30 protesters who’ve converged at the gate of a natural gas drilling site near Manchester, England. On the other side of a fence topped with razor wire, a 10-story-high rig is boring into shale to determine if it’s suitable for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The demonstrators unfurl a banner: “Fracking will poison our children.”
Liam Boggan used to spend Sunday evenings traipsing to Dublin airport to catch the 9:10 p.m. flight to London for his job at State Street Corp. As Ireland recovers from recession, his commute is now 600 miles shorter.
Radiation from fish and lobsters near the U.K.’s biggest nuclear polluter suggest radioactive material dumped into the sea from Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant isn’t a long-term health threat, scientists said.
Royal Boskalis Westminster NV won a 70 million-euro ($92 million) contract to install turbine foundations at a U.K. wind farm being developed by Iberdrola SA’s ScottishPower Renewables unit and Dong Energy A/S.
La Caisse de Depot & Placement du Quebec bought a stake in the world’s biggest offshore wind farm for 644 million pounds ($1.06 billion) as it seeks the steady, long-term returns provided by the industry.
Army disposal experts are drawing on knowhow in handling hazards from improvised explosive devices to unearthed bombs to detect threats to offshore wind projects from millions of tons of World War II-era ordnance dumped at sea.
The Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea, has been approached to host a trial gas production and carbon-capture project as the island seeks to become a hub for exports of renewable energy.