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Policing operations at fracking sites in Nottinghamshire cost £900,000

A Freedom of Information has revealed that so far £900,000 has been spent on policing operations at two IGas fracking sites in Nottinghamshire.  The request was made to Nottinghamshire Police by Frack Free Misson who have been informed by Paddy Tipping, the Police and Crime Commissioner, that as of April 2019, the total cost of policing operations at the two IGas fracking sites the sites at Tinker Lane near Blythe and Springs Road near Misson stood at £900,000.

 

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People protesting against fracking in Woodsetts are set to take on INEOS at a public inquiry

After being rejected twice applications from INEOS for exploratory drilling in Woodsetts will be decided at a public inquiry.

The local Woodsetts community believed they were safe from the dangers of fracking, after Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council turned down INEOS applications for exploratory drilling twice. INEOS have now appealed to the national planning inspectorate to overturn the decision.

 

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EVENTS DIARY & DRILLING HEADLINES

Events in June 2019 and beyond about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning

  • Public inquiry into Ineos plans for shale gas exploration at Woodsetts in South Yorkshire
  • UK Onshore Gas and Oil Summit
  • On yer bike protest at Ineos plans to close the Bo’ness Road at Grangemouth
  • Groundswell events on climate change solutions
  • Heather Stroud talks about campaigning and standing up to power
  • Mam Tor banner drop in protest against fracking 

WITH THANKS TO RUTH AT DRILL OR DROP

EVENTS DIARY

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“Great Wall of Ineos blocks Woodsetts views”

New proposals by Ineos have emerged for a 3m high noise barrier running for more than 100m alongside its site earmarked for shale gas exploration in the south Yorkshire green belt.                        Residents in the village of Woodsetts have described the barrier as the “Great Wall of Ineos” and complained that it would “fence them in”.

The barrier was not part of the original planning application for the Woodsetts site, which was turned down twice by Rotherham Borough Council in January and September 2018

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Why fracking has divided the UK

On Preston New Road, where big houses behind wrought iron gates give way to green fields, there’s a makeshift anti-fracking camp — likened and styled by environmental activists as their present-day equivalent of Greenham Common, a peacenik Cold War stand against the United States and its stationing of cruise missiles with nuclear warheads aimed at targets across the Communist bloc.

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Court rules against new government consultation on fracking policy

A High Court judge ruled this morning that the government does not have to carry out a new public consultation on its planning policy on fracking.

Mr Justice Dove was responding to a call by lawyers for anti-fracking campaigner, Claire Stephenson, who won a case against the local government secretary in March 2019. (DrillOrDrop report)

The case concerned the revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets the basis for planning decisions and included government support for fracking.

In his original ruling, the judge quashed paragraph 209a of the NPPF.

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Anti-fracking groups “ignorant” of the facts, says boss of cycling team’s new sponsor

Ratcliffe defended his company’s operations, saying Ineos have pioneered new methods of recycling plastic.

On fracking, he said the majority of environmental groups he has met with are “ignorant” of the facts, and said it was a cheap source of energy. “I think it’s outrageous the government have listened to a noisy, minuscule minority instead of looking at the science,” he said.

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Fracking mess

Fracking mess

Fracking is an environmental catastrophe, photo Casey Hugelfink/CC

Fracking is an environmental catastrophe, photo Casey Hugelfink.

The government’s fracking tsar, ex-Labour MP Natascha Engel, has quit six months into the job. She claims rules the government has been forced to adopt, which mean fracking must be suspended every time a 0.5 magnitude tremor is detected, means that campaign groups “were driving policy”. She says that the government is “pandering to what we know to be myths and scare stories” about shale-gas extraction.

But the ‘myths’ are real, and fracking continues to only be pushed by big business despite complete condemnation by climate scientists, campaigners and trade unionists.

Engel claims the rules effectively mean a ‘ban’ on fracking. But the government has long been a supporter of fracking and has helped its big-business mates push ahead with it wherever possible. The new government rules are a welcome response to pressure.

To ensure a real ban on the dangerous practice we need proper democratic control by working-class people of land and resources as part of a socialist plan – in the interests of the working class and the environment.

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