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PRESS RELEASE Thursday 5th March 2015
Bristol Nuclear Scientist found guilty by Blackpool Court
Dr Rowland Dye appeared in court on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March accused of aggravated trespass by the North West Chamber of Commerce, in collusion with the fracking company Cuadrilla Resources. He was found guilty and was fined with costs £1326.83.
The Judge conceded that Dr Dye was of good character with no previous convictions and was motivated by strong moral beliefs.
The trespass formed part of a day of action by the environmental group Reclaim the Power who held their summer camp in a field on the outskirts of Blackpool in solidarity with local anti fracking campaigners.
Dr Dye was arrested in December following a police investigation into a group of activists who entered and occupied the North West Chamber of Commerce offices at Amy Johnson Way, Blackpool, Lancashire, the protestors were attempting to gain entry to the offices of Cuadrilla Resources who lease the first floor space from the Chamber of commerce
Gwen Harrison and Stuart Parkinson summarise SGR’s recent briefing which finds numerous causes for concern regarding the planned extraction of Shale Gas in the UK.
SGR is an independent UK-based membership organisation of about 900 natural scientists, social scientists, engineers, IT professionals and architects. We promote science, design and technology that contribute to peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability.
Fracking: MPs and Lords have derelicted their legal duties.
With thanks to Jojo Mehta
The rushed passage of the Infrastructure Bill with all its pro-fracking provisions and toothless ‘safeguards’ is an abuse of democracy. And as it’s manifestly against the national and public interest, it’s also in breach of both MPs’ and Lords’ legally binding Codes of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament
Among other obligations it reminds MPs that they “have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole; and a special duty to their constituents”, and that they must “take decisions solely in terms of the public interest”, the latter obligation also applying to members of the House of Lords.
Government in regular contact with Lancashire County Council over Cuadrilla fracking applications
The government had regular contact over a period of five months with Lancashire County Council about Cuadrilla’s applications to frack in the Fylde, according to a parliamentary answer published this week.
Why We Should Keep Lancashire Frack Free
At the end of January Lancashire County Council will decide whether Cuadrilla can resume its controversial fracking operations for shale gas. Fracking was suspended across the UK back in 2011 after the company’s attempts to frack in Lancashire triggered several earthquakes.
A lot has changed in the four years since the attempts to frack Lancashire. The UK Government has gone “all out for shale”, with the Department for Energy and Climate Change making up to 60% of the UK potentially available for fracking. And George Osborne has shown that he is determined to see fracking happen under UK soil. He has set about creating a tax regime he’s described as “the most generous in the world” and is planning to offer local communities financial incentives to ’embrace’ fracking.
While the Government’s gone into fracking hype overdrive Friends of the Earth has found that much has also changed on the ground in areas threatened by fracking. In Lancashire the local community has rallied against the fracking proposals. Residents have formed groups like Frack Free Lancashire and Residents Action on Fylde Fracking. And we have worked with them to inform residents about the dangers fracking would bring to their community.
These groups have sprung up because they recognise that fracking is a risky technique that threatens water supplies and all that people love about their local environment. Fracking also produces climate-wrecking dirty fossil fuels when experts are telling us that we need to shift to clean energy. Despite the Government’s best attempts to convince people otherwise, fracking won’t help lower our energy bills or create nearly as many long term jobs as renewables.
Lancashire Council now has an opportunity to say ‘no’ to the dinosaur age of fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy, which offers genuine solutions to the UK’s energy crisis. The Council can turn its back on controversial fracking and kickstart a renewable energy revolution in Lancashire that would create sustainable jobs and tackle climate change – without the need to trespass beneath residents’ homes and businesses.
If the Council finds itself dazzled by Cuadrilla’s heavy lobbying efforts and the short term financial incentives being touted by the Government and grants permission, it risks causing long-lasting environmental, economic and social damage. Last month New York State imposed a ban on fracking – Lancashire should do similar.
Earlier this week Friends of the Earth released a new film giving an insight into what ordinary people in Lancashire really think about fracking. The film demonstrates the utter contempt that local residents and businesses hold for the idea of fracking in Lancashire.
These people are on the frontline and these planning decisions represent a significant moment in the battle to stop fracking across the UK. If the Council refuses the application it will raise serious doubts on whether any community in the UK would have to accept an extreme form of fossil fuel extraction on their doorsteps and under their property.
You can help to protect these despairing residents and stand up to the might of the fossil fuel industry and government by signing this petition. By standing beside these normal people whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by the fracking proposals you will be saying no to fracking and protecting Lancashire communities both present and future.
Last Thursday’s RAG meeting at Elswick was well received and well attended. Highlights were filmed by the BBC and Blackpool Gazette report is available here.
Roseacre Awareness Group are holding a Public Meeting at Elswick Village Hall between 7:00 and 9:00pm prior to determination by Lancashire County Council of Cuadrilla’s planning application for ‘Exploratory’ Shale Gas drilling and fracking.
Our main concerns are
- Traffic and Road Safety
- Noise and Light
- Air and Water Pollution
- Impact on Property Prices
- Impact on People’s Health and our Wildlife