Legal challenge that could kill off fracking

A planning tussle in Lancashire could succeed where protestors have failed


Hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — may trigger minor earthquakes, and now lawyers are increasingly convinced that shale gas exploration will unleash a tidal wave of litigation in the English courts. Will the law do what hordes of protestors have so far failed to achieve — kill off fracking? Crucial to answering that question is a planning tussle in the north of England. All legal profession eyes in the fracking world are trained on a late-Victorian building in Preston, home of Lancashire County Council. The planning committee there has been making Lichfield-based Cuadrilla leap through a series of hoops as the oil and gas production company bids to kick off the first round of drilling in the UK. Continue reading Legal challenge that could kill off fracking

Bristol Nuclear Scientist found guilty by Blackpool Court

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

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Shale Gas and Fracking – Examining the Evidence

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.

See the article here………….


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.

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.

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Grange Road Update

Lancashire County Council rejects planning application for Grange Road

As SAFE we wish to thank all those that have supported the fight against the Shale gas industry on the Fylde. These include all the groups, technical support from Mike Hill and the legal support of Friends of the Earth.
On Monday, SAFE along with Mike Hill made presentations relating to ecology , lack of an EIA and HRA, well integrity and abandonment and also the legal aspects of the matters raised in the application.
At yesterday’s planning committee meeting SAFE were supported by members of all the local groups who made short presentations to the councillors on the concerns of the extension to an application which was initially granted in 2010 for 18 months. These were well received by the councillors who picked up many of the issues concerning planning, ecology, noise, well integrity and abandonment including the potential impact of dealing with orphaned wells.
The planning regulations that were stated with regards refusal were SP2 of the Fylde plan, CS5 of the LMWDF and DM2 of the LMWLP.
We are delighted with the planning rejection which was achieved by the commitment and dedication of local people working together and supporting each other by sharing information and expertise, this has been key to the outcome. The excellent presentations given a few weeks ago from Roseacre and Little Plumpton to the planning committee contributed greatly to the refusal of our application.
We wish to thank all the councillors that had the courage to vote for refusal and a special thank you to the following for their contributions:
Bob Dennett  Gayzer Taryanji  John Powney  Trina Froud  Dianne Westgarth  Ruth Owen  Gordon Smith  Noreen Griffiths  Gail Hodson John Hodson  Laurence Rankin
We have yet to find out what actions Cuadrilla ‘perplexed and disappointed’ will take. SAFE will continue to support and fight alongside the other groups against the other applications and also the development of the On Shore Shale Gas Industry.

Chris and Karen

300 shaken by plans for new fracking tests close to village


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25 February 2015


How the Singleton site looked in 2011. Cuadrilla has applied for permission to carry out tests there
15:00Tuesday 24 February 2015
More than 300 objections have been lodged against plans to allow a fracking firm to carry out tests at a village site.
As revealed by The Gazette last week, energy company Cuadrilla has applied to Lancashire County Council to keep a compound and access track on the farmland south of Grange Road, Singleton, for a further three years to allow it to carry out pressure testing and seismic monitoring. Officers are recommending the council’s development control committee tomorrow approves the proposals, which have attracted 301 objections, including concerns the tests could spark tremors similar to those at the exploratory shale gas site at Preese Hall in 2011. Cuadrilla first received permission to drill an exploratory borehole and carry out hydraulic fracturing at the Singleton site in April 2010 to assess potential for gas. Continue reading 300 shaken by plans for new fracking tests close to village