What’s happening this week? 24-29 April 2018

In this week’s listings:

  • Opening of public inquiry into INEOS shale gas plans for Harthill
  • Continuing public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s drilling and fracking scheme at Roseacre Wood
  • No Faith in Fracking Week
  • West Sussex County Council meeting on Angus Energy site at Lidsey
  • Scheduled publication day for latest government survey on attitudes to fracking.

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PUBLIC INQUIRY DAY 7 – More Public Statements

Key points from public statements

  • The A585/Thistleton Road junction – to be used by the Red and Green Routes – is already congested
  • The Inskip defence site – to be used by the Red and Blue Routes – has a height restriction which could block Cuadrilla lorries
  • Horse riders, who regularly use the proposed lorry routes in the absence of local bridleways, predict hazards and accidents
  • Roads around Roseacre Wood would be “challenging” in an emergency evacuation
  • Cuadrilla has made “an inappropriate assumption” that it will be able to dispose of surface water onsite
  • Local roads are inherently unsafe because they are narrow, winding, with high hedges, narrow verges, heavily used for leisure and in poor condition
  • Some proposed passing places are on private property or could block access to homes
  • The proposed use of verges would remove refuses for pedestrians and horse riders
  • There is uncertainty about the volume of flowback fluid and so uncertainty about the number of lorries
  • The proposed lorry routes appear to be “a theoretical exercise” that will inconvenience more people
  • Local roads see unpredictable weather conditions
  • Cuadrilla accused to unrepresentative survey of pedestrians and horse riders and of “a reckless disregard for public safety”
  • The large number of passing places “proves the routes are unacceptable”
  • The use of the proposed routes by Cuadrilla HGVs will affect nearby towns and villages
  • Representatives of three local councils reject all three routes
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INQUIRY Day 6

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  • Evidence from Roseacre Awareness Group  highways expert
    • The absence of personal accidents does not mean a route is safe or suitable
    • Proposed traffic routes are ” inherently not safe and suitable”
    • Proposed passing places and traffic signals will make things worse for pedestrians and cyclists
    • No guarantee that Cuadrilla will use all three traffic routes
    • Good driver behaviour or education can’t be relied on
    • Cuadrilla is responsible for collecting traffic data – not RAG

 

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INQUIRY Day 5

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  • Weeks of peak traffic flow to Roseacre Wood scheme have risen from 12 to 18 weeks since the 2016 inquiry 
  • Roads around Roseacre Wood are not suitable for Cuadrilla heavy goods vehicles, Lancashire’s traffic expert says
  • 90% of respondents to a Roseacre Awareness Group survey were concerned about Cuadrilla’s plans
  • Lancashire County Council says proposed driving training for Cuadrilla lorry drivers could make things worse
  • Lancashire County Council concedes some passing places have enough visibility but maintains its position that some are inadequate
  • Cuadrilla says many roads on the lorry routes are wide enough for HGVs to pass if they use the verge
  • Lancashire County Council says the use of verges should not be promoted – they are for drainage and refuges for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Cuadrilla says the inquiry is about highway safety only. Lancashire’s traffic witness says it is also about suitability of the route
  • Lancashire County Council’s traffic witness says he has never seen horse riders on any of the three proposed routes 
  • Roseacre Awareness Group says Cuadrilla under-represented vulnerable road users in its traffic counts
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The anti-fracking campaign is stepping up its game. Where’s Corbyn?

“There are many different ways to join the battle to stop fracking in England – and this week I’ve experienced the full range close up: from lock-ons, to rallies, from legal submissions, to silence. It started on Monday morning, with the re-opened inquiry into Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Roseacre Wood (near Blackpool), which was marked by an impressively large and diverse rally outside”. Natalie Bennett

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INQUIRY Day 4

Key points from today’s hearing

  • Lancashire County Council’s traffic witness continues giving evidence
  • Cuadrilla questions the council on its objections to the company’s highway scheme
  • Council’s traffic witness casts doubt on effectiveness and safety of proposed traffic signals and convex mirror
  • Cuadrilla will bear the cost of road widening and passing places 
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INQUIRY Day 3

Key points from today’s hearing

  • 14,775 HGV movements expected at Roseacre Wood, assuming surface water is treated on site and not tankered off – 2,483 more movements than previously estimated
  • Lancashire County Council says there have been 248 right-hand turn breaches of the traffic management plan at Preston New Road; Cuadrilla say there have been 8
  • Environment Agency issues draft permit for water treatment at Preston New Road today, Cuadrilla says
  • Convoys to Preston New Road are causing local alarm and fear, inquiry told
  • Cuadrilla admits the Preston New Road programme overran and traffic numbers were underestimated
  • Cuadrilla says protests were one – but not the only – factor behind the overrun at Preston New Road 
  • Cuadrilla confirms protests are one reason behind its new proposal for three lorry routes to the Roseacre Wood site
  • Extra routes give flexibility, the company says
  • The 2016 inspector was wrong to conclude the Hand and Dagger junction was unsafe for fracking lorries, says Cuadrilla’s traffic expert
  • Large lorries need to drive on the wrong side of the road at key junctions and bends, says RAG
  • Highways England not satisfied about use of A585 junction by Cuadrilla lorries, says RAG
  • Cuadrilla dismisses Arup’s reasons for rejecting it proposed new re
  • Most aggregates for fracking sites come from quarries or suppliers in the Lake District
  • Cuadrilla’s technical director says anti-fracking protests will reduce when shale gas industry develops

 

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