Drilling Diary – November 2016

40+ events about UK fracking and onshore oil and gas in November 2016, including United Against Fracking national rally, Kirby Misperton judicial review hearing and Nottinghamshire council meeting to decide IGas shale gas application. Plus film screenings, meetings, conference, workshops, information events, fundraisers, debates and talks. Also advanced notice of dates later in the year. Updated throughout the month.

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Fracking Week in Parliament – week ending 28 October 2016

In this Fracking Week in Parliament:

  • Jim McMahon on landowners’ rights and fracking
  • Caroline Flint on using the shale wealth fund for energy efficiency
  • Scottish Parliament on post-Brexit impacts on the environment and trade deals

Thanks to TheyWorkForYou.com for the transcripts

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Cuadrilla losses mount to $17.6m

Balcombe,West Sussex, UK Anti Fracking protests..16th September

Cuadrilla losses mount to $17.6m

The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, has announced a loss of $17.671m for the 12 months ending 31 December 2015, down from $11.568m on the previous year.

Accounts for the parent company, Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Ltd, showed that operating and administrative expenses were similar in 2015 and 2014 ($17.5m: $16.3m).

But in 2015 revenue from its well services business, including rig hire, was down to $219,000, compared with $5.17m in 2014.

During 2015, Cuadrilla sought planning permission to drill, fracking and test for shale gas at two new sites in Lancashire at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. Both were refused by Lancashire County Council and, following the company’s appeal, they were considered at a 19-day public inquiry in spring 2016.

Earlier this month, the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, granted permission for the Preston New Road application and said he was minded to approve Roseacre Wood.

Blackpool Gazette

This is an excerpt from a letter written to the Blackpool Gazette by E.Norton.

20160311_112132“I cannot say for sure if fracking is a good and useful thing, or if it is a
world shattering harm. But harm has already been done. When national government even just attempts to override local, we all lose in the fight for mankind’s evolution into a free and united people”.


Study links blood pressure risk to road noise

Traffic noise is associated with an increase in hypertension cases, according to research from five European countries

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People living near noisy roads could have a bigger risk of high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Meanwhile, long-term exposure to air pollution can also increase a person’s risk, experts found.

The new study tracked 41,000 people in five different countries for up to nine years.

An extra adult per every 100 living in the most polluted areas will develop high blood pressure compared with those living in the less polluted areas, the research suggests. Continue reading “Study links blood pressure risk to road noise”

Who will stand up for ‘the little people’ ?

This letter was featured in the Blackpool Gazette on 21st October

The recent shale gas decision highlights once again that this government rides roughshod over public opinion, and supports the fat cat energy firms against democracy and will of the people.

Also ignored was the people’s decision against storing nine hundred million cubic metres of gas under River Wyre.
Another Abbeystead in waiting.
As for the UK signing the climate change agreement at last year’s Paris conference; this too is now ignored.
Teresa May said: “Government is for everyone not just the privileged few,” but these decisions make it abundantly clear she has followed the same pattern of killing off democracy for the sake of vast profits for the privileged few, at the expense of land destruction and health problems.
Our local members of parliament could have stopped these debacles.
Out of many thousands of people physically protesting, a multi-million
pound gas company has singled out and pursued in the civil court, to brbmake an example of, a lone grandmother with limited means.
So much for integrating with local people, whilst the gas industry rapes the natural resource for vast profits.
It is about time we had members of parliament who actively support local constituents and their elected council representatives.
Mr D Barker
Pine Crescent

What’s happening this week? 17-23 October 2016

whats happening this week18 events this week about fracking and onshore oil and gas, including Barton Moss police misconduct hearing, scheduled start of Upton camp eviction court case, industry conference, meet the regulator event, film screenings and planning and information meetings. 

Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 17-23 October 2016”

Anti-Fracking Rally 12th November

There is going to be a national march/rally against fracking in
Manchester city centre on Saturday 12th November. Plans are well under
way and more details will emerge but it is vitally important we get as20150623_100747
many people to this march as possible. We need to show the government
and oil and gas industry just how strong the opposition is against
fracking in our wonderful countryside. We believe groups from all over
the country including Scotland, Wales and Ireland will send people over.
This is going to be big.
Coaches will be arranged from Preston so it should be
relatively easy to get to and from the event.Please try and come along and make a day of it. This is probably the
most important event we have held to date. So please save the date and
ask friends, family, neighbours if they will come and support
us. We need big numbers to turn up.
Updates will follow when more information is known. There will also be a Facebook event page and flyers to hand out.