Community group challenges Cuadrilla’s view of geology at fracking site

People living near Cuadrilla’s  Lancashire fracking site have said there are “serious and fundamental errors” in the company’s interpretation of local geology. Preston New Road Action Group, which opposes operations at the site near Blackpool, has sent a lawyer’s letter to the Environment Agency (EA) about its concerns.

The EA is currently considering Cuadrilla’s hydraulic fracturing plan for the second well at Preston New Road, PNR-2. Cuadrilla said last week it expected to begin fracking this well by the end of August.

The group challenged a previous version of the hydraulic fracturing plan for PNR-2 in November 2018. But it said the Environment Agency did not respond beyond an acknowledgement. Cuadrilla later withdrew the document.




100th women in white gathering at fracking site PICTURES

Women in Lancashire today marked the 100th Wednesday they have held silent protests outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool.

The Call for Calm gathering outside the site at Preston New Road began almost two years ago on 12 July 2017.

The participants said it was a response to violence and aggression experienced by protesters against fracking.

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Surrey declares climate emergency as campaigners stage “die-in”

Conservative-controlled Surrey County Council has declared a climate emergency – almost unanimously.

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Surrey County Councillors voting for the motion to declare a climate emergency, 9 July 2019. Photo: Michael Coughlin

Just one member of the council abstained and no one voted against.

Councillors arriving for this morning’s meeting were met by a “climate die-in” protest by nearly 100 members of  Extinction Rebellion groups in Surrey.



Lawyers seek answers on Third Energy sale

A North Yorkshire resident is turning to the law to get answers about the proposed sale of the troubled would-be fracking company, Third Energy.

Eddie Thornton lives near Kirby Misperton, the site where Third Energy is still waiting for final consent to frack for gas. He has instructed a solicitor to ask questions of the industry regulator, the Oil & Gas Authority, which must approve the sale.