Drilling diary – December 2016

25+ events about UK fracking and onshore oil and gas in December 2016, including planning meetings, film screenings, training, presentations, a conference, court case of anti-fracking campaigner Tina Rothery and consultation deadlines. Also advanced notice of dates later in the year. Updated throughout the month.

Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong.

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New ‘body of evidence’ unveils fracking threats to public health & safety

The negative impact of fracking on health and climate is inevitable, according to a newly released comprehensive report, which is based on “expanding body of evidence” of risks and harms related to oil and gas extraction.

“There is no evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health directly or without imperiling climate stability upon which public health depends,” a Nobel Peace Prize-winning group of physicians have concluded in their fourth and most comprehensive report.

However, the paper, issued in mid-November, has largely remained unnoticed by both the media and the government.

 
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What’s happening this week? 28 November – 4 December 2016

This  week’s diary features two conferences, a parliamentary meeting, a regulators’ drop-in event, discussion on a minerals plan, training, a debate, a walk and a consultation deadline.

Please let us know (click here) if any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Event listings for the rest of December and later in the year here

 

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Government accused of ‘dirty tricks’ over controversial fracking report

 

Thought you might want to see this unsettling, but not surprising, story from the Guardian this morning which shows how the government made sure
the unredacted DEFRA report was not released prior to LCC’s  determinations in June 2015. This was actually done within the timescales set down by the Information Commissioner but by rights, as
LCC had requested a copy, surely our Councillors should have had sight of it before making their decision? Fortunately they rejected both applications any way!

What is does show is what goes on behind the scenes in Westminster. Very revealing.
Our Comms team are looking at how to maximise this to our advantage. Greenpeace have sent the story  to all our local press so we will see if the LEP and Gazette pick up on it. However please feel free to write to
your Councillor or MP if you feel appropriate.

 

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A Link to a report on BBC  (Go to 4 mins in)

 

 

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JUDICIAL REVIEW COURT DATE APPROACHES

Campaigners from Ryedale will bring a landmark case to court this week in a bid to overturn one of the first planning applications to carry out fracking in England.

Residents from Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire have joined forces with Friends of the Earth to challenge a planning decision to allow hydraulic fracturing near their homes.

The Judicial Review, brought by Ryedale residents Jackie Cray and David Davis, and Friends of the Earth will be heard on 22nd and 23rd November at the High Court in London.

Fracking company Third Energy was granted permission by North Yorkshire County Council in May 2016 to frack just 1/4 mile from Jackie’s home in Kirby Misperton, but aspects of the decision are now being challenged.

The case will be heard at a ‘rolled up hearing’ when the judge will decide whether North Yorkshire County Council properly took into account the full impact on climate change. The claim also concerns the council’s financial protection for local residents against the long-term environmental damage of the fracking.

Read what the Local papers are saying about this below:

Yorkshire Post                     Northern Echo                    The York Press

Local resident seeks Judicial Review

PRESS RELEASE

Immediate

Local resident seeks Judicial Review

 

Mr. Julian Burton has formally made a statutory challenge to the Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities (Sajid Javid) regarding his decisions concerning fracking at Roseacre Wood.

Mr. Burton, who is being represented by Cornerstones Barristers, had previously submitted a letter before action giving his grounds for challenge but the Secretary of State has now responded and has made it very clear that he intends to defend his position.

Papers have now been lodged at court and are being sent to the Secretary of State and all other interested parties.

Mr. Burton’s action is welcomed by Treales, Roseacre and Wharles Parish Council and by Roseacre Awareness Group which represents local residents.

 

Mr. Burton said,

“I am incredulous that the Secretary of State should feel it appropriate to re-open this Public Inquiry with the clear intention of over-turning not just the original decisions of Lancashire County Council (Planning Officer, Highways Officer and Development Control Committee) but also the unequivocal recommendation of the independent Planning Inspector.

He has taken no account of local democracy in spite of this Government’s repeated pledges in support of localism.”

A spokesperson for Roseacre Awareness Group said,

“We are very saddened that Mr. Burton’s letter before action has been dismissed by the Secretary of State.  This leaves him with no choice but to seek a Judicial Review of the Secretary of State’s decision to re-open the Public Inquiry.

Both the residents and Lancashire County Council have provided strong, robust and compelling evidence to show that Cuadrilla’s plans for the Roseacre Wood site are totally inappropriate and would pose a real danger in terms of road safety. We are being asked once more to present our case with all of the time and effort that this will involve. We regard this as being extremely unfair and an abuse of process.”

 

This matter will now be considered in the High Court and a judge will decide whether Mr. Burton has grounds to proceed to Judicial Review.  A decision is expected early in the New Year.

 

Nick Danby

Roseacre Awareness Group