The anti-fracking campaign is stepping up its game. Where’s Corbyn?

“There are many different ways to join the battle to stop fracking in England – and this week I’ve experienced the full range close up: from lock-ons, to rallies, from legal submissions, to silence. It started on Monday morning, with the re-opened inquiry into Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Roseacre Wood (near Blackpool), which was marked by an impressively large and diverse rally outside”. Natalie Bennett

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INQUIRY Day 4

Key points from today’s hearing

  • Lancashire County Council’s traffic witness continues giving evidence
  • Cuadrilla questions the council on its objections to the company’s highway scheme
  • Council’s traffic witness casts doubt on effectiveness and safety of proposed traffic signals and convex mirror
  • Cuadrilla will bear the cost of road widening and passing places 
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INQUIRY Day 3

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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INQUIRY Day 2

Key points from today’s hearing

  • Number plate recognition cameras to monitor whether Cuadrilla lorries use the correct route to the site
  • On 55 weeks, there would be more than 25 daily lorry movements to the site
  • Cuadrilla traffic consultant says HGV can navigate the Hand and Dagger junction safely
  • Signals on Dagger Road will prevent two HGVs meeting in the opposite directions, says Cuadrilla’s experts
  • Side roads entering traffic control zone creates “risky situation”, says county council
  • RAG says Cuadrilla under-estimated vulnerable road users
  • Cuadrilla did not survey vulnerable road users in most villagers on the lorry route
  • If the traffic system fails, the “chance of an injury accident is relatively low”, says Cuadrilla
  • Great weight should be given to the “excellent accident record” of the local roads, Cuadrilla’s traffic expert says
  • Highways England says A585 junction on the lorry route would need “inch perfect” manoeuvre by HGV drivers
  • Cuadrilla traffic witness admits he doesn’t know which classes of lorries will service the proposed site
  • Cuadrilla proposes to make delivery drivers cycle the lorry route
  • Impact of two new routes on local amenity is a material consideration, says Cuadrilla
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Group of knitting OAPs removed by FIFTY police officers at PNR

A knitting circle of a dozen grannies was ousted by police as they sat at the entrance to a controversial fracking site.

Protestors claim up to fifty officers removed the women from Cuadrilla’s shale gas drilling site near Preston, Lancashire, on Wednesday. 

Sharm Honey filmed the officers moving the knitting circle who were sat crocheting out of the way to allow three water tankers to leave, sparking anger among protesters.

They chanted ‘shame on you’ as the police carried the pensioners away.

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What’s happening this week? 9-15 April 2018

In this week’s listings:

  • Start of re-opened public inquiry on Cuadrilla’s Roseacre Wood fracking plans;
  • Anti-fracking rally outside the inquiry hearing;
  • Second oil/gas hearing at Examination in Public of North Yorkshire minerals plan;
  • Decision day for Egdon’s plans for drilling at North Kelsey;
  • Political week in United Resistance campaign against fracking;
  • Drop-in sessions on Derbyshire Minerals local plan.

Plus meetings, talks, film screening and fundraiser.

 

WITH THANKS TO DRILL OR DROP.

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Inquiry into second Lancashire fracking site re-opens tomorrow

Cuadrilla’s plans for another fracking site near Blackpool come under scrutiny again this week.

A public inquiry on the Roseacre Wood proposals reopens tomorrow (Tuesday 10 April) to examine whether heavy goods vehicles could safely deliver to the site.

Lancashire County Council rejected the Roseacre Wood proposal because of highway safety in 2015 and the inspector at a public inquiry in 2016 recommended refusal for the same reason.

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UK Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLS) IN THE UK

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 data

INTERACTIVE MAP

 

 

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