Breached traffic rules at Cuadrilla fracking site led to two-car crash – eye witness

An eye witness to a two-car accident outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool this morning said a truck preparing to make a delivery was breaking agreed traffic rules.

John Tootill, whose account of the accident has been confirmed by police, said a cement truck had stopped outside the Preston New Road site to turn right before two cars on the other side of the road collided.

Mr Tootill, who estimated he was about 20ft away, said:

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Fracking company seeks relaxation of planning conditions for restoration at Becconsall

Cuadrilla is seeking to raise the height of the rig and the volume of noise it can make at a Lancashire shale gas site next to an internationally-important bird reserve.Becconsall2

The company has asked Lancashire County Council to change restrictions on well abandonment and restoration work at Becconsall next to the Ribble Estuary.

Under planning conditions set in 2014, Cuadrilla must limit noise levels to 42 decibels (dB) (decision notice). The company had also said it would use a rig no higher than 22m.

But Cuadrilla has made a new planning application LCC/2014/0047NM1 to increase the rig height by 10m to 32m. In another application LCC/2017/0016, the company is seeking to increase the maximum noise limit by 13dB to 55dB. As well as increasing the noise level, Cuadrilla wants the limit to be set at the nearest home, not the boundary of the site.

A residents’ group has said current planning conditions should be adhered to and it would oppose the company’s new applications. Continue reading “Fracking company seeks relaxation of planning conditions for restoration at Becconsall”

What’s happening this week? 6-11 February 2017

In this week’s events listing: beis-wave-tracker

  • Latest government data on attitudes to fracking
  • Nottingham Secular Society debate on fracking
  • Seminars on the world energy outlook and carbon capture and storage
  • Plus activists’ summits, planning meetings and film screening 

Monday 7 February 2017

Continuing rolling roadside protest against Cuadrilla’s operations at Preston New Road, 9am-3pm, Preston New Road, Westby PR4 Details

Frack Off! Frack On! Nottingham Secular Society debate between INEOS and Frack Free Nottinghamshire. The motion is: “This House believes that Fracking is intrinsically safe and will be of great benefit to our country!” 7.30pm-9pm, The Canal House Bar, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EH. Details Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 6-11 February 2017”

‘Farce’ claims over frack info summit

More than 150 residents made the most of the opportunity find out more about the impact of fracking in Fylde at an information session held by the Environment Agency.

But the event at Wrea Green Institute was labelled ‘a farce’ and ‘a box-ticking exercise’ by anti-fracking campaigners who feel not enough monitoring of activity is being carried out at the site currently being constructed for shale gas exploration at nearby Preston New Road in Westby.

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