AUSTRALIA: ‘ Earthquake 5.7-Magnitude hits Queensland

#AceNewsReport – AUSTRALIA:July.30: A rare 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the south-east coast of Queensland in Australia on Thursday morning, US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

Tremors were felt in Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. The epicenter of the quake was in the Coral Sea at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The first reports began coming in at 9:41 am local time. Police said that no damage has been reported, and no tsunami threat has been issued.

The quake has been described as historic since earthquakes are very rare in this part of Australia: the previous tremor of a similar magnitude struck the area in the 1930s.

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#BREAKING144′ Boy arrested over teacher stabbing’

#AceBreakingNews – #BreakingUpdate:BRITAIN:June.11: Police investigating stabbing of teacher at school in Bradford arrest boy, 14, on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Boy arrested over teacher stabbing_80201000_breaking_image_large-3.pngPolice investigating stabbing of teacher at school in Bradford arrest boy, 14, on suspicion of attempted murder. 

Earlier hunt for boy …..

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QUEENSLAND: ‘ TEENAGER TESTED FOR EBOLA AFTER ARRIVAL FROM GUINEA WITH FAMILY ‘

#AceWorldNews – QUEENSLAND – October 26 – An 18-year-old girl, who immigrated to Australia from Guinea with a family of eight, is being tested for Ebola, health officials said on Sunday.

The whole family was quarantined immediately after their arrival in the state of Queensland 11 days ago.

The girl developed a fever and was taken to hospital on Sunday.

Her Ebola test is expected to be ready on Monday.

There is no risk to the community at all because she has not left the house or had any visitors in the time that she has been here in Brisbane,” Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young told reporters, according to AFP.

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` Time to stop destroying the `Great Barrier Reef ‘ by eradicating the `Throwaway Society’ we all Live ‘

#AceEnvironmentNews says that time is running out for Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken, marine scientists said Thursday.

In a report prepared for this month’s Earth Hour global climate change campaign, University of Queensland reef researcher Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the world heritage site was at a turning point.

“If we don’t increase our commitment to solve the burgeoning stress from local and global sources, the reef will disappear,” he wrote in the foreword to the report.

“This is not a hunch or alarmist rhetoric by green activists. It is the conclusion of the world’s most qualified coral reef experts.”

Hoegh-Guldberg said scientific consensus was that hikes in carbon dioxide and the average global temperature were “almost certain to destroy the coral communities of the Great Barrier Reef for hundreds if not thousands of years”.

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#UK " #Fracking `Forgive Them Their `Trespasses' as they `Know Not What They Do`as the `Government Plans to Over-Haul' the Law"

#AceNewsServices says `UK Fracking’ could be allowed under people’s homes without their consent

Published time: January 27, 2014 16:51 GMT
 
A sign stands outside a protest camp at the entrance to the IGas Energy exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss near Manchester in northern England January 13, 2014.(Reuters / Phil Noble)A sign stands outside a protest camp at the entrance to the IGas Energy exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss near Manchester in northern England January 13, 2014.(Reuters / Phil Noble)
 Government sources have admitted that they are considering overhauling UK trespass laws to make it easier to extract shale gas. Under the plans being considered by the government, fracking could take place under homes without owners’ permission.

The government sources say they are mulling over these amendments to the law to make it easier for companies to explore and extract shale gas, amid worries that landowners and other parties could hold up energy companies in costly and lengthy court proceedings, the Telegraph reports.

The plans are expected to be published in the coming months, and are likely to be the most controversial yet in Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to push through #fracking regardless of the environmental cost.

Under the current laws, companies need permission from all the landowners beneath whose land they drill. As shale gas exploration often involves drilling down vertically and out horizontally for more than a mile, this can mean that several landowners are involved.

If permission is not given, then the energy company is committing trespass and the company would have to take the landowner to court, which would then rule if they should be awarded drilling rights and how much compensation should be paid to the landowner.

While compensation is often only a minimal amount, less than £100, companies fear that court proceedings could be costly and drawn out by years of appeals. They have been lobbying the government to change the law.

Unsurprisingly, given how close the government and the energy companies are on shale gas, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed they are looking at whether the current laws are “fit for purpose.”

Demonstrators hold placards in front of a police cordon outside the entrance to the IGas Energy exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss near Manchester in northern England January 13, 2014. (Reuters / Phil Noble)

Demonstrators hold placards in front of a police cordon outside the entrance to the IGas Energy exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss near Manchester in northern England January 13, 2014. (Reuters / Phil Noble)

Greenpeace has tried to use the existing law to encourage thousands of landowners in areas known to be rich in shale gas to decline their permission for fracking to take place. Landowners could also take out injunctions, which would present a further barrier to companies.

One option the government could take is to introduce a compulsory purchase regime, similar to what is already in place for companies needing to lay pipelines underground.

“All options are on the table. It would be difficult to implement a regime that removed any kind of compensation. You could change the rules so you have a de facto right, but then you have to pay. The compensation could be less than £100,” a Whitehall source said.

Even if the trespass law was changed, companies would still need to negotiate access rights for the drilling site, planning permission from the local council, and other permissions from the government and environmental regulators.

Shale gas and oil operations that involve fracking in wells drilled over a mile down are highly unlikely to have any discernible impacts closer to the surface,” said a spokesman for the DECC.

But environmental groups, as well as many residents in areas which have been earmarked for fracking disagree. They argue that the health and environmental effects are very damaging and include earth tremors, water pollution and human exposure to highly toxic chemicals used in the process.

Fracking or hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, sand and chemicals down a well at high pressure to fracture rocks and then extract the gas trapped within them.It has been linked to health and environmental damage in some US states where it is extensive.

 A sign stands outside a protest camp at the entrance to the IGas Energy exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss near Manchester in northern England January 13, 2014.(Reuters / Phil Noble)

A sign stands outside a protest camp at the entrance to the IGas Energy exploratory gas drilling site at Barton Moss near Manchester in northern England January 13, 2014.(Reuters / Phil Noble)

Ian Crane, a former oil executive, who is now a campaigner against fracking, explained to RT the extreme dangers that shale gas exploration poses to a densely populated country like the UK.

“We’ve seen the effects in places like Colorado and southern Queensland in Australia. When the population density of the UK is 20 times that of Colorado and 100 times that of Queensland, I would simply implore people to do a bit of research and look at the damage and the contamination that has been wreaked in these locations around the world,” he said.

He also pointed out that of the four wells drilled in the UK, seismic events have occurred at two of them, and there is a very real chance that people in areas where fracking is taking place will no longer have access to safe and clean water.

 

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