The government has finally listened. Today it rejected fossil fuel company Cuadrilla’s application for another fracking site at Roseacre Wood.   



A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said:

“We are naturally disappointed about the decision on Roseacre Wood and will examine the details in full before reaching a position.

“However, we continue to be focused on the shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road, where we have recently released very encouraging flow test results from the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well.

“Cuadrilla and its investors remain committed to this opportunity and the overall prize for the UK, which includes energy security, jobs and revenue for the country.

“These are all well within our grasp at Preston New Road and we seek to further prove this concept in the weeks and months to come.”

RAG Comment:

 “We are absolutely delighted that at last the government is listening to communities and recognises the inherent unsuitability of Roseacre Wood and the surrounding roads for heavy traffic.

“This application was rejected at every level by over 90% of local residents, seven town and parish councils, twice by Fylde Borough and Lancashire County councils, by the original Planning Inspector and even two local conservative MPs!”

“This has caused considerable stress and anxiety, residents have shown great determination and resilience in trying to protect their communities. “At last our community can relax.” 

“Over 13,000 people objected to the original plans. Our community has spent five years, thousands of hours and tens of thousands of pounds, producing evidence supporting Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission.

We are still very concerned about this government’s intention to push fracking on unwilling communities and we will do whatever we can to support other communities faced with this threat.

We sincerely hope that Cuadrilla will respect the decision of the second Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State and will not attempt to challenge this decision. If the company does, it will meet fierce and sustained opposition.

“Fracking is not wanted and not needed. It is neither safe nor sustainable. There is no social license and communities will not be bought.”


Fear of fracking-related earthquakes ‘soars’.

As the debate on fracking reaches seismic proportions — with the industry this week laying on a desperate, last-ditch attempt to force the government to relax “unworkable” seismicity regulations that it itself helped create — the public needs reassurance that the government is listening to voices beyond those from the shale gas industry when it comes to its own plans.

Fracking has been vehemently opposed by local communities since drilling began in England back in 2011. And unsurprisingly, a combination of earthquakes, inconsistencies and contradictions around “energy security”, and increasing evidence and warnings from leading scientists about climate change have failed to rally support for the carbon-emitting fossil fuel industry. Almost three times as many people now oppose fracking than the number that support it,…


Concern about fracking is growing, with the latest government figures showing that over a third of people now oppose the controversial practice.  Meanwhile public support for the gas extraction technique has dropped to some of the lowest levels ever recorded.




Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis?

The fracked gas industry’s long borrowing binge may finally be hitting a hard reality: paying back investors.

Enabled by rising debt, shale companies have been achieving record fracked oil and gas production, while promising investors a big future payoff. But over a decade into the “fracking miracle,” investors are showing signs they’re worried that payoff will never come — and as a result, loans are drying up.




Events diary – January 2019 and What To Watch

Events in January and beyond about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning.

  • Public inquiry into IGas plans for Ellesmere Port
  • Closing date on government consultation on consulting the public on shale gas
  • 4th regional anti-fracking strategy meeting
  • Judicial review of planning permission for Ineos scheme at Harthill
  • Plus meetings, rallies and training



DrillOrDrop’s round-up of the likely action on fracking and onshore oil and gas developments in 2019

Fracking, drilling, testing