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I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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During the 1990s I visited some of Britain's most blighted urban landscapes, assisting communities who had tired of being taken advantage of by polluting industries. Pollution can be most simply defined as "too much of something in the wrong place". The reality is that pollution most often happens when people try and cut corners, or save costs, or thoughtlessly handle something which, in the wrong place, can be extremely damaging.

Pollution comes in many forms, and thus is a highly complex issue. How we deal with ecessive lighting, noise, toxic effluent, odorous gases or solid waste is very different, but at their heart is the assessment of the natural and human environment in order to identify the capacity of the environment to accept pollution – and thus define what is unacceptable. As every 'local' environment is unique, so what is permissible in everyone's 'back yard' differs.

These days I do far less of this work – primarily because my push to tackle the 'next' big issue means that I try and avoid being distracted by the well-rehearsed problems of the past.

I make these reports available so that others might carry on that work.


Pollution Reports

inc image Whitehall's 'Fracking' Science Failure: How the Government has misled Parliament and the public on the climate change impacts of shale oil and gas development in Britain – A report for Talk Fracking

24/05/2017

This report seeks to explain how the debate over the gaseous emissions from 'fracking', and their impacts on climate change, has changed over the last few years – and precisely why that debate is critical to how the Whitehall Government has justified, and promoted, onshore oil and gas extraction in Britain.

file icon Original Paul Mobbs/MEI research report
662 kilobytes

file icon Talk Fracking's published version
867 kilobytes

file icon A3 poster summarising the report
1.2 megabytes



inc image The Environmental Risks of 'Fracking' – A submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry

December 2014

A submission to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into the environmental impacts of 'fracking'

file icon The Environmental Risks of 'Fracking'
352.6 kilobytes



inc image Extreme Energy and Climate: A critical review of the UK Government's policy on unconventional fossil fuels and climate change

May 2014

This report provides a critical analysis of the evidence supporting Government's recent policy announcements on the issue of 'extreme energy' sources (tight oil and gas, shale gas, coalbed methane and underground coal gasification) in the UK – and the implications that the development of these energy sources may have on climate change. In addition the spreadsheet used to analyse the Mackay-Stone results is available as a native LibreOffice (ODS) file and an exported MS Excel file (XSLX).

file icon Extreme Energy and Climate report
964.4 kilobytes

file icon Mackay-Stone review analysis (LibreOffice Calc file)
38 kilobytes

file icon Mackay-Stone review analysis (MS Excel XML file)
15.9 kilobytes



inc image A critical review of Public Health England's report – "Review of the Potential Public Health Impacts of Exposures to Chemical and Radioactive Pollutants as a Result of Shale Gas Extraction – draft for comment"

April 2014

This report provides a critical analysis of the report produced by Public Health England (PHE) on 31st October 2013 – "Review of the Potential Public Health Impacts of Exposures to Chemical and Radioactive Pollutants as a Result of Shale Gas Extraction – draft for comment".

file icon A critical review of Public Health England's report
951.7 kilobytes



inc image A response to DECC's public consultation on the 14th On-shore Oil and Gas Licensing Round's Strategic Environmental Appraisal

March 2014

This report provides a comprehensive review of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Strategic Environmental Appraisal (SEA) of the 14th On-shore Oil and Gas Licensing Round. It has been produced as part of the public consultation on the SEA, and is intended to provide a technical evaluation of the SEA in the light of the latest global evidence on the impacts of unconventional gas developments. The report has been produced in support of various individuals and small groups around Britain who are concerned by the Government's push to develop various types of extreme energy developments. The specific purpose behind the drafting of this report has been to highlight the areas where the Government's viewpoint/data departs from the growing body of evidence regarding the impacts of unconventional gas technologies.

file icon A response to DECC's 14th Round SEA
439.5 kilobytes



inc image Shale Gas: An Analysis of UK Policy and Cuadrilla Resources Exploration Activities in Lancashire

January 2012

In July I attended the trial of protesters who occupied Cuadrilla Resources drilling rig at Banks near Preston to give evidence on shale gas development in Lancashire. Due to delays with the case coming to court, whilst I wrote this report in January 2012 I couldn't release the text until after the conclusion of the trial. The report looks at shale gas/fracking developments in Lancashire, and the regulatory problems that surround the activities of Cuadrilla and other companies in England and Wales (Scotland takes a slightly different regulatory view of these processes).

file icon Shale Gas in Lancashire report
676.2 kilobytes



inc image Calor Gas Appeal, Canvey Island

September 2007

I represented the local community group in Canvey Island, People Against Methane (PAM), against the proposals by Calor Gas to build a new liquefied gas import terminal right next to the town. In the end Calor withdrew from the appeal before it began, and so the proof was never used

file icon click to download Paul Mobbs/MEI resource
1.7 megabytes



inc image Harwell Laboratory: Southern England's New Radioactive Waste Repository?

February 1999

An analysis of the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory, and the significance of the information it provides in relation to radioactive waste storage at Harwell in south Oxfordshire.

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300.8 kilobytes



inc image Response to the Colne Valley Local Environment Agency Plan (LEAP)

January 1998

A response to the Local Environment Agency Plan produced for Friends of the Earth local groups in Hertfordshire/West London.

file icon Response to the Colne Valley LEAP
123 kilobytes



inc image Appraisal and response to the applications for consent to discharge trade effluent from the Newbury Bypass

October 1996

A report for Friends of the Earth and the Third Battle of Newbury on the impacts of discharging water from the Newbury Bypass site into local watercourses. At the time the Environment Agency were just letting the works proceed, and this and similar reports, complementing the action by protestors on the ground at the time, were just a few pin-pricks to annoy the regulatory bodies into doing their job properly.

file icon Newbury Bypass discharge review
83.1 kilobytes



inc image Analysis and Response to the Environmental Statement for the AWE Aldermaston Waste Transfer Station

May 1996

In 1995/6 I did some work for anti-nuclear and peace groups in Berkshire relating to a proposal from AWE Aldermaston (where Britain makes it's nuclear weapons) to construct a radioactive waste transfer station. This was the report on the environmental statement that was eventually submitted by AWE for construction of the transfer station. Please note that these reports have been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon click to download Paul Mobbs/MEI resource
155.7 kilobytes



inc image The Sea Empress Spill: The Potential for Human Health Effects

March 1996

A report for Friends of the Earth Cymru on the health hazards of the Sea Empress oil spill. At the time most of the concern was for the physical/amenity impact of the oil spill and not the toxic impacts. This report alerted many of those who were recovering oiled birds at the time without any protective equipment, as well as those living near the coast, as to why they were suffering conditions such as breathing difficulties and skin rashes. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon The Sea Empress Spill
109.7 kilobytes



inc image Fenny Compton Landfill – Analysis of application and submitted documentation

March 1996

A report on the application to Warwickshire County Council for Britain's first dedicated incinerator ash 'monofill' (they only intended to put incinerator ash in it, which is a very large toxic legacy!). The site was only 10 miles from where I lived, and after this and other reports the company withdrew the application before it was determined by the council. It was critical to stop this site because without easy ash disposal it's far harder/more expensive to set-up incinerators in the UK. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Fenny Compton Landfill report
195.4 kilobytes



inc image Response to the application for a permanent shooting school near Curridge

January 1996

A report on a proposed shooting school near the village of Curridge (one of a crop of such shooting schools I dealt with around that time) and the noise and highways impacts it would generate. The difficulty was getting the local council to accept that noise was a valid planning matter since usually it's an issue of 'nuisance' – dealt with by the environmental health department, not planners. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Curridge shooting school report
135.6 kilobytes



inc image Response to Safeguard International's Environmental Statement on the Culham Radioactive Waste Transfer Station

November 1995

A report on the proposals to turn an old garage into a transfer station for hazardous radioactive wastes. It was rather a farce of a planning application, having been first unlawfully approved and then withdrawn by the local council, before being taken over and badly handled by the County Council.

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211.7 kilobytes



inc image Assessment of the planning application for a waste transfer station, AWE Aldermaston

April 1995

In 1995/6 I did some work for anti-nuclear and peace groups in Berkshire relating to a proposal from AWE Aldermaston (where Britain makes it's nuclear weapons) to construct a radioactive waste transfer station. Originally Berkshire County Council were just going to wave the proposals for AWE's radioactive waste transfer station through – this report outlines the authority's responsibility to demand an environmental statement for the development even though it did not require planning permission. Please note that these reports have been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon click to download Paul Mobbs/MEI resource
112.6 kilobytes



inc image Contaminated Land in South Ribble

July 1994

A report for Friends of the Earth on the extent of contaminated land in the former (now re-organised out of existance) South Ribble District Council area of Lancashire. The purpose of the report, given the debate raging about contaminated land registers at the time, was to take a former industrial area and see what scale of contaminated land register could be produced.

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245.3 kilobytes



inc image Contaminated Land: What's The Problem? – The implications of contaminated land issues for the small property buyer

1992

An information-cum-advertising report on the hazards of contaminated land – a lot of my early commercial work related to contaminated land/toxic pollution issues. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics

file icon Contaminated Land: What's The Problem?
130.6 kilobytes



inc image Inner Solway Radiation Survey

December 1991

In 1991/2 I did some work for the Chapelcross Watchdog and Action Group on the contamination from the Magnox power station and the proposals for a new nuclear power station. In order to get a better idea of the problems at Chapelcross one of my first actions was to carry out a baseline survey of the radioactive contamination around the area in order to set some priorities for further research and action. Please note that this reports has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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77.8 kilobytes



inc image Comments upon the Coca-Cola Schweppes Beverages Supplementary Environmental Impact Assessment

June 1990

A report from the days when I worked for free – an assessment for Banbury Friends of the Earth of the proposed Coca-Cola factory that was proposed for a new industrial estate on the edge of the town. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Coca-Cola Schweppes report
146 kilobytes