Green Party backs peaceful direct action against fracking in Lancashire

The Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, supported campaigners taking peaceful direct action at Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool.

On a visit today, she said residents and activists protesting outside the Preston New Road site were “pioneers” in the battle against climate change.

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What’s happening this week? 18-24 September 2017

In this week’s listings

  • Caroline Lucas MP visits Green Monday protest at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site and speaks at a meeting in Lancaster;
  • Two screenings of The Bentley Effect;
  • Fracking motion to be discussed by Salford City Council;
  • 12-hour prayer vigil in Kirby Misperton and World Peace Day gathering at Broadford Bridge;

Plus meetings, lectures and presentations.

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GREEN MONDAYS AND FRACKING NEWS

We received this notice from Allan Todd, of the Green Party, about
future events they are hosting at the Preston New Road site. This Monday the 18th. both Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley will be speaking with others.
Yesterday we had a deliberately ‘low key’ visit from John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor. He spent two hours just listening to our concerns about the impacts of fracking on communities and reconfirmed Labour’s  intention to ban fracking and support us all. He will be raising in parliament and discussing with his colleagues. Lots of info on the RAG FB page including a short video of his speech.
They really need numbers down there on Monday and the other key dates.
Also every Saturday, meeting at 10.30 at Maple Farm,  we are canvassing residents in Kirkham and Wesham. We need volunteers to help raise awareness. It is amazing just how many people are opposed. Just turn up any Saturday if you can spare a couple of hours.
FROM RAG
Here are the latest updates regarding the above. This week’s ‘Green
Monday’, on 11 Sept., attracted about 20 protesters – this drop was
mainly down to the fact that 30 protesters were in court that day!
However, despite the intermittently-awful weather, the newly-formed Little Plumpton Ramblers were able to persuade about 8 members to take part in a bracing up-and-down walk in front of the gates – until extra police were drafted in to explain how we were a ‘distraction’ to other road users!
UPDATE: Green Monday 18 September (ie. NEXT Monday):
As well as Caroline Lucas (Green Party Co-Leader and MP) and  Stephen Hall (President of Greater Manchester Assoc. of TUs, & Chair of Unite the Union/GM Area Activists’ Cttee), other speakers will also be taking part now:
* Simon Pickering (Ecotricity’s Chief Ecologist)
* Jonathan Bartley (Green Party Co-Leader), who is coming along again, IN ADDITION to his visit on 2 Oct. (see below).
Forthcoming ‘Green Mondays’ & other protest days at PNR:
As well as next Monday, and the on-going daily protests at PNR, there are also the following ‘specials’:
1. Green Monday 25 September: Jenny Jones (Green Party member of House
of Lords) and Barbara Richardson (Frack Free Lancs) will be the main speakers.
2. Friday 29 September: Stephen Hall & Ian Hodson (President of the Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers’ Union – the first union to come out against fracking) are organising what should be a ‘big NW TU
mobilisation’ on that day (Ian Hodson actually lives in Blackpool &
pushes hard for climate jobs in the ‘Blackpool Deserves Better’
campaign). There will also be a speaker from Friends of the Earth,
Northern Ireland, who’ll be talking about their SUCCESSFUL campaign against fracking there.
3. Monday 2 October: Jonathan Bartley (Green Party Co-Leader) will be the main speaker for that day.
4. Wednesday 4 October: Churches Together will be staging an event (which has been organised by Bob Turner) at the PNR gates. There may also be something else taking place on that day (!) – so it’s another date for your diary.
5. Monday 9 October: No ‘name’ speaker, so far – but it looks like there may well be several different Greenpeace groups coming, including supporters from Manchester, Preston, Liverpool – and some from London who are thinking of staying over for a couple of days after.

More Anti-fracking news:

1. UN Report on pollution
Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road
In case you missed it, a recent UN Report on Pollution has accused the UK government of ‘flouting’ its duty to protect its citizens from
illegal & dangerous levels of air pollution. Although the report centres on traffic pollution, it also refers to fracking – & the UN rapporteur specifically mentioned problems in Lancashire! The report also stated that protection from pollution is a human right, & pointed out how the weak regulations currently in place as regards fracking also increased the risk of water pollution. Exactly what protesters at PNR have been saying from Day One! The link below gives more details:
2. TUC Motion on Climate Change and Renewable Energy
Something else you may have missed is that the TUC has just passed a Motion which points out the growing dangers of climate change and which, among other things, calls for moves away from fossil fuels in order to reduce carbon emissions, and the need to campaign for pension funds to disinvest from fossil fuel companies. A link is pasted below:
THESE DEVELOPMENTS , COMING ON TOP OF THE RECENT POSITIVE NEWS FROM  AUSTRALIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES – CONFIRM THAT THIS IS A STRUGGLE WE CAN WIN HERE,  AT PRESTON NEW ROAD.
As stated previously, it really IS all about numbers – the MINIMUM 
number of protesters needed to slow/prevent deliveries, etc., is 80 –
ideally, we need 100+.
SO… JUST KEEP TURNING UP – AND BRING MORE FRIENDS WITH YOU!
All the best
Allan Todd
Membership Secretary
Allerdale & Copeland Green Party

Council agrees conditions on Third Energy’s North Yorkshire fracking permission

The first high volume frack in the UK since 2011 cleared another hurdle this morning.

North Yorkshire County Council confirmed that it agreed planning conditions with Third Energy to enable the company to begin operations to frack for shale gas at Kirby Misperton.

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What’s happening this week? 11-17 September 2017

In this week’s listings

  • Challenge to INEOS injunction at the High Court in London;
  • No Fracking Day in North East Derbyshire;
  • West Sussex County Council meeting on extension to planning permission at Broadford Bridge;
  • Surrey County Council meeting on retrospective permission at Brockham;
  • Webinar on Physicians for Social Responsibility report;
  • Leith Hill picnic;
  • Candlelit vigil at Kirby Misperton;
  • Plus meetings and information events;

Please let us know (click hereif any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Listings for the rest of September click here

By Ruth Hayhurst

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Fracking Has an Enormous Radioactive Waste Problem

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is likely how your home gets cooled and water gets heated. But the unconventional oil and gas extraction method, currently booming across the U.S. and a cornerstone of President Trump’s energy agenda, is also behind an often-untold but growing problem: radioactive drilling waste.

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What happened to the National College of Onshore Oil and Gas?

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

 

Students looking for a career in the onshore oil and gas industry were expected to enrol in a new national college this month.

But although the college has received an estimated £1.5m in start-up money from government and industry, it is not now expected to open for at least two or three years. Continue reading “What happened to the National College of Onshore Oil and Gas?”