What’s happening this week? 11-17 December 2017

In this week’s listings:

  • Pop-up protest outside Lancashire County Council;
  • Committee discusses latest Cuadrilla proposals for Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood;
  • Europa Oil & Gas annual general meeting;
  • Fundraising Winter Wonderland in Woodsetts;
  • Christmas market outside Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton.

Plus Christmas socials and fundraisers, meetings, information events and talks.

By Ruth @ Drill  or Drop

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Newly disclosed data shows need for inquiry into fracking

News has surfaced of an “internal” report written by OGC staff and hidden from the public for four years. The report identifies nearly 50 gas wells where methane was verified as “migrating” from fracked wells and possibly 900 well sites where gas might be migrating. The report warns that migrating, or escaping gas, could “enter potable water aquifers and cause groundwater contamination.”

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2017 – Help us build a year in pictures

DrillOrDrop needs your help to find the best images of 2017 that tell the story of fracking and onshore oil and gas. 

There have been many memorable images this year. We particularly liked:

  • The line of cows walking in the field in front of the rig at Preston New Road
  • The face-to-face confrontation between a police officer and a campaigner
  • A small child above a sea of high-vis jackets
  • A cheerful campaigner at Kirby Misperton in some of the first snows
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Drilling diary – December 2017

40+ events in December 2017 events about fracking and onshore oil and gas in the UK including:

  • Debate between INEOS and Eckington Against Fracking;
  • Actions opposing Barclays Bank investment in Third Energy;
  • Anti-fracking march in Pickering;
  • Dalai Lama’s monks visit Preston New Road;
  • Council committee meetings;
  • Christmas social events.

Plus meetings, fundraisers, information events and  presentations.   

.RUTH HAYHURST ON DECEMBER 1, 2017

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Latest on the Appeal by Cuadrilla Elswick Limited [29.11.2017]

CUADRILLA BOWLAND LTD AND CUADRILLA ELSWICK LTD PUBLIC INQUIRY – 2018

Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Appeal by Cuadrilla Elswick Limited
APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385: Roseacre Hall, Roseacre Wood, Roseacre Road Site Address: Roseacre Hall, Roseacre Wood, Roseacre Road, Inskip Road,Roseacre and Wharles, Preston

**UPDATED NEWS   29/11/2017**

THE CONSULTATION ON A REVISED TRANSPORT ROUTE STRATEGY AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON AND CAN BE FOUND AT https://cuadrillaresources.com/site/roseacre-wood/

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD IS FROM 29 NOVEMBER 2017 UNTIL 10 JANUARY 2018

ALL REPRESENTATIONS  SHOULD BE EMAILED TO devcon@lancashire.gov.uk

OR IN WRITING TO:

Development Management Group

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 100, County Hall

Pitt Street

Preston PR1 0LD

QUOTING APPEAL REFERENCE: (APP/Q2371/W/15/3134385)

 The Inspector for the Inquiry is Mr Melvyn Middleton. 

The Programme Officer for the Inquiry is Yvonne Parker who can be contacted on programme at programmeofficer@blueyonder.co.uk

Telephone number 0781 333 4305 

Notes of the Pre-inquiry meeting can be found here.

Cuadrilla’s New Route Proposals

Following the Secretary of State’s decision and against this background Cuadrilla appointed an independent traffic consultant who commissioned extensive traffic surveys over the summer and
autumn this year to assess possible routes to the Roseacre Wood site. Based on the conclusions of this work, Cuadrilla is now proposing to utilise three routes to provide access for HGVs between the A583 and A585 and the Roseacre Wood site.
 
 
Maps of the three proposed HGV routes are enclosed and they are:
Green Route from A585 to the Site via B5269 Thistleton Road, Elswick High Street and Roseacre Road;
Red Route from A585 to the Site via B5269 Thistleton Road, Elswick High Street, Lodge Lane, Preston Road and Higham Side Road and through the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence High
Frequency Communications Site (DHFCS) Inskip facility; 
Blue Route from A583 to the Site via Clifton Lane, Station Road, Dagger Road, Salwick Road,
and Inskip Road and through the DHFCS facility.
 
The management of the three routes in order to minimise disruption and ensure safe and efficient
working will be set out in a Traffic Management Plan, in agreement with Lancashire County Council,
which will itself be subject to a planning condition.