Review of 2016

2016 saw the first approvals for high volume hydraulic fracturing in the UK since fracking caused small earthquakes in Lancashire in 2011.

The first shale gas site in the East Midlands also got the go-ahead and planning applications for exploration and production using acidisation were submitted in southern England and Lincolnshire.

The government extended the time for exploration in parts of the UK but now faces a legal challenge.

Opposition to fracking reached record levels, according to government surveys. Protesters took to the streets in several rallies and they established protection camps at sites around the country.

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Four west country councils vote against fracking

Opponents of shale gas in the west country are celebrating a series of recent council votes against fracking.

In the past fortnight, Conservative-controlled Gloucestershire and Herefordshire County Councils have backed anti-fracking motions while Forest of Dean District and Watchet Town Councils have declared themselves Frack Free Zones.

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Fracking giant fails to lock up a grandmother.

Knowing the depths to which the corporations and their partners in parliament have already sunk in order to force through the deeply unpopular industry, it should have been no surprise that Cuadrilla UK, one of the key fracking companies, would see fit to try to send a grandmother to prison. But the hundreds of people who gathered outside Preston Combined Court on Friday morning were deeply shocked that even Cuadrilla actually would stoop so low.

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Frack Free Lancashire Teddies

We are rescue teddies. Frack Free Lancashire have rescued us. But now Teddies FFLthey need our help to rescue them! We have had a wash and have some lovely new clothes. We come in lots of shapes and sizes. Please make a donation and take one of us home with you!

For further details, contact:

Mrs M Mills, Ollery Hall Barn, Plumpton Lane, Halsall L39 8SL


Drilling Diary December via Ruth Hayhurst

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A Voice for Leith Hill stall at Dorking Gala Night, 6.30pm-9.30pm, High Street, Dorking Surrey. Details

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free monthly meeting, 7.30pm, contact for venue and details.

Are we going to be fracked? presentation, organised by the Eckington Tenants and Residents Focus Group, 8pm, Eckington Miners Welfare Social Club, Pitt Hill, Pipeyard Lane, Eckington S21 4FA. Details

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