Ministerial Campaign

 
Dear Roseacre Awareness Group folk
 
I’m sure you’ll already be aware of the government’s recent announcement of their proposal to reclassify many aspects of the fracking process as permitted development – a category designed for minor home improvements. The proposal stands to give the green light to fracking companies all over the country. 
 
A campaign is building now to persuade ministers to drop the proposal. We think this is winnable but it will take all of us campaigning hard in our localities to head off the threat. A few groups have come together to kick start the campaign and support local groups like yours to carry the fight. The government is running a consultation on the proposal over the summer, for 3 months from mid July, and the plan is to get campaign activity going around the country to coincide with the start of that consultation with a launch week w/c 23rd July.
 
The fight will really be won though by local groups and individuals coming together to fight this proposal. The aim is to galvanise a broad movement across traditional political divides with two main aims:
  • Persuade key local elected representatives – MPs, councillors and council leaders – to speak out publicly on the issue, and to apply pressure privately to ministers to drop the proposal. 
  • Develop and sustain a high profile local public campaign to demonstrate overwhelming public opposition to this plan. 
 
Many people are outraged by the assault on local democracy that this proposal represents, as well as the fracking threat, and the campaign offers a great chance for groups to do outreach locally and bring new people into the campaign. 
 
I’m attaching a campaign briefing with this email that offers some more information about the campaign. Other resources to support individuals and groups will become available soon. It would be great to have a chat about what is or could happen in your area, and to keep in touch with how the campaign develops where you are. My number is 07914 762941 or of course you can contact me on this email. If you’re happy to share contact details please do as that will help us to keep in touch and connect you with others interested to get involved in your area.
 
There is a campaign webinar planned for Monday 16th July for anyone interested in the campaign to share inspiration and support, and I’ll send through details of this as soon as I have them. In the meantime, check out the campaign website www.letcommunitiesdecide.org which will also be home to campaign resources as they become available. If you would be able to include the campaign and website on the RAG website that would be great too – thanks!
 
Best wishes
Sebastian Kelly

Drilling Headlines And Events Diary

WITH THANKS TO DRILL OR DROP

50+ events in July 2018 about UK fracking and onshore oil and gas including:

  • Court challenges to UKOG and Cuadrilla injunctions;
  • Appeal hearing of campaigner convicted after climbing onto a drilling rig;
  • Scheduled hearing in Ineos case against National Trust over access to Clumber Park;
  • Third UK Onshore Oil & Gas Summit;
  • International Association of Hydrogeologists’ meeting on the use of the deep subsurface in the UK;
  • APPG meeting impacts of shale gas in former mining areas;
  • Fracking talk by the Institution of Structural Engineers;
  • Plus meetings and information events.
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Top headlines this month

  • Six women from Sussex and Surrey challenge UKOG as it seeks an injunction against protests.
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Fracking firm warns of costs bill if new application prompts a public inquiry

A new planning application for exploratory ‘fracking’ tests in a Rotherham village have been submitted by the petrochemicals firm Ineos with a warning the move is an attempt to spare the council a bill for legal costs should they have to take the application to a public inquiry in future.

Read more at: https://www.thestar.co.uk/our-towns-and-cities/rotherham/fracking-firm-warns-of-costs-bill-if-new-application-prompts-a-public-inquiry-1-9220155

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