- 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.
Representatives said the action, together with the temporary injunction won by drilling firm Cuadrilla to ban blocking of the site, is leaving them with no means of peaceful protest.Read Full Report
In this week’s listings
- Block Around the Clock camp near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site;
- Final week of public inquiry into Ineos shale gas plans for Marsh Lane;
- George Monbiot visits Lancashire campaigners;
- South Yorkshire regional anti-fracking strategy meeting;
- Plus meetings and information events.
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Key points from today’s hearing
- 14,775 HGV movements expected at Roseacre Wood, assuming surface water is treated on site and not tankered off – 2,483 more movements than previously estimated
- Lancashire County Council says there have been 248 right-hand turn breaches of the traffic management plan at Preston New Road; Cuadrilla say there have been 8
- Environment Agency issues draft permit for water treatment at Preston New Road today, Cuadrilla says
- Convoys to Preston New Road are causing local alarm and fear, inquiry told
- Cuadrilla admits the Preston New Road programme overran and traffic numbers were underestimated
- Cuadrilla says protests were one – but not the only – factor behind the overrun at Preston New Road
- Cuadrilla confirms protests are one reason behind its new proposal for three lorry routes to the Roseacre Wood site
- Extra routes give flexibility, the company says
- The 2016 inspector was wrong to conclude the Hand and Dagger junction was unsafe for fracking lorries, says Cuadrilla’s traffic expert
- Large lorries need to drive on the wrong side of the road at key junctions and bends, says RAG
- Highways England not satisfied about use of A585 junction by Cuadrilla lorries, says RAG
- Cuadrilla dismisses Arup’s reasons for rejecting it proposed new re
- Most aggregates for fracking sites come from quarries or suppliers in the Lake District
- Cuadrilla’s technical director says anti-fracking protests will reduce when shale gas industry develops
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A UK Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) allows a company to pursue a range of oil and gas exploration activities, subject to necessary drilling/development consents and planning permission. There are currently 230 onshore licences, covering 529 blocks. The 14th Licensing Round was announced on the 17th of December 2015 with the award of 159 new blocks under 93 new licences.
Around 2,000 wells have now been drilled in the UK, with about 10% of them having been hydraulically fractured. There are currently around 120 sites with 250 operating wells producing between 20,000 and 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of produced water is disposed of safely under permits from the EA and SEPA.
Web based map showing Oil and Gas Authority onshore dataINTERACTIVE MAP
In this week’s listings:
- Robin Hood Vs Fracking lantern parade in Bolsover;
- Amelia Womack speaking at Preston New Road;
- INEOS, Fracking and You talk;
- Protest outside Nottinghamshire County Council;
- Costs hearing at the High Court in UKOG injunction case.
Plus meetings, workshops and deadlines.
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15 Yorkshire landowners, holding more than 80,000 acres, have publicly supported the National Trust in the legal challenge from INEOS over access for shale gas testing.
They include Nick Howard, of Castle Howard, Sir William Worsley of Hovingham Hall, Sir Richard Storey, of Settrington House and the television presenter, Selina Scott.Read Yorkshire Report
INEOS wins right to challenge the Scottish Government over fracking ban – and to sue for damagesIneos Challenge
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Steve Rotheram, the Mayor of Liverpool, has joined Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester, in banning fracking, saying:
“The UK Government needs to do a great deal more to live up to its responsibilities to avert the devastating impacts of climate change, which ironically pose a direct threat to our low-lying coastal areas where fracking companies want to operate.”
The full story can be read by clicking on this button:No Fracking In Liverpool
Shale gas ranks among the least sustainable sources of electricity, according to research from a team of Manchester scientists.