The government has been asked to investigate a judge who jailed three fracking protesters after the Mirror revealed his family links to the oil and gas industry. Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire.
Critics claimed the punishment was “manifestly excessive”.
One of the world’s leading climate scientists has launched a scathing attack on the government’s fracking programme, accusing ministers of aping Donald Trump and ignoring scientific evidence.
Judith Moritz shows us around one of the UK’s first horizontal exploration wells, where fracking is expected to start next week.
The high court’s decision in favour of the shale gas giant will not deter the mass movement fighting the industry all the way.
In this week’s listings:
- Cuadrilla due to start fracking at Preston New Road.
- Three campaigners jailed for fracking protest appeal against sentence.
- Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corre to visit fracking opponents in Lancashire.
- National climate crisis rally at Cuadrila’s shale gas site.
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We have had an official statement from the Planning Inspectorate to say the Planning Inspector, Mr Melvyn Middleton, submitted his report, on the Roseacre Wood appeal, to the Secretary of State on 28th September 2018. A decision is likely early in the New Year.
This is currently the only other site in the UK where there is a live planning application to frack, up to four exploratory wells, for shale gas.
So far it has been rejected at every level from the majority of residents, seven affected parish and town councils, unanimously at every single stage by Fylde Borough and Lancashire County Councils, the Planning Inspector (after the first Public Inquiry), even the Secretary of State himself (although he was still minded to approve) and our two Conservative MP’s …….. yet still they are trying to force fracking on us!
With the first horizontal fracking about to start at Preston New Road (PNR), just a few miles from Roseacre, on Monday 15th October we need to up our game otherwise hundreds of communities will face the same threat.
We continue to offer our friends at PNR our full support at this difficult time. We will be there at the gates. There is also a national Climate Crisis rally at Maple Farm on 20th October starting at 12.00 (union rally at 11am) so please come along and stand with us in solidarity. Details of the event on Frack free Lancs FB page.
This is an extract from the Planning Inspectorate letter.
“I can confirm the Inspector’s report was submitted to the Secretary of State on 28 September 2018.
As the Secretary of State’s decision on this case is the conclusion of a ‘minded to allow’ process, there is no formal target for the decision. However the Secretary of State intends to determine it in line with the normal timescales for recovered appeals and call-ins, and hence intends to issue a decision early in the New Year.”
A protest outside the Environment Agency highlighted the need for impartial and immediate action on fracking.
“The TLS [traffic light system] is set at an explicitly cautious level but, as we gain experience in applying these measures, the trigger levels can be adjusted upwards without compromising the effectiveness of the controls.”
In this week’s listings
- Expected start of flow testing at Balcombe oil well;
- Sentencing of four people involved in lorry surfing protest;
- Training sessions on political lobbying and planning;
- 11 anti-fracking group and public meetings;
- Closing dates for Angus injunction evidence, Welsh government fracking consultation, and comments on Nottinghamshire Minerals Plan;
- 2018 National Gathering of Friends of the Earth Cymru;
- Plus regular gatherings.
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