Secretive Industry Conference Seeks to Persuade People Fracking is a Good Idea

A secretive fracking conference sponsored by Dow and Halliburton and featuring speakers from a range of publicly-funded government agencies is taking place somewhere in Birmingham tomorrow.

The UK Onshore Oil and Gas: Policy, Planning and Future Developments conference aims to encourage delegates to pursue fossil fuel extraction in the UK.

The conference is “designed to give help, guidance and support to the public sector to ensure delegates attending have the right and most accurate information on onshore oil and gas and environmental planning”, according to its website.




What’s happening this week? 27 March-2 April 2017

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Reclaim the Power protest at Armstrong Aggregates quarry at Carnforth, 27 March 2017
In this week’s listings:

The start of Reclaim The Power’s Break the Chain fortnight of direct action against supply companies to the fracking industry
UK onshore oil and gas: Policy, planning and future developments conference in Birmingham
Angus Energy AGM
Bez visits protection camps and Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool
Monday 27 March 2017
Start of Reclaim the Power Break the Chain fortnight of direct action. Plans for the event say “groups across the country will use direct action to disrupt companies supplying services and materials to the fracking industry, aiming to pressure them into dropping contracts”. The first protest was announced at 8.14 when two activists from Bristol Tide Rising, suspended by swings, blocked lorry access to the Armstrong Aggregates quarry at Camforth. Break the Chain continues until Monday 10 April 2017.

Happy Monday maracas player, Bez, visits Blackpool & Fylde Community Protection Camp (FY4 5LU) at about 10am, then on to New Hope Community Action Camp (FY4 5JR) and then the Preston New Road shale gas site (PR4 3PH).


Tuesday 28 March 2017

Frack Free Ashfield monthly meeting, 7.30pm-9pm, The Regent Weatherspoon’s pub, Diamond Avenue, Kingsway, Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 7BQ.

Frack Free Mansfield Meeting, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Rosemary Street, Mansfield NG19 6AB. Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 27 March-2 April 2017”

Fracking decision ‘not lawful’, campaigners tell court.

The Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) and campaigner Gayzer Frackman are both seeking to challenge the Government’s decision to approve a planning application for the site in Fylde. The High Court hearing at Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Wednesday was told the planning application, by developer Cuadrilla, was refused by Lancashire County Council in 2015 but later granted following an appeal and planning inquiry.




Drone images show scale of fracking operation at Preston New Road

Anti-fracking campaigners have today called for people to wake up and realise how big each fracking site will be as the battle over the controversial method of extracting gas goes to court. They say that the current development off Preston New Road near Little Plumpton is big enough for between 40 and 60 wells and not just the four test wells that Cuadrilla aim to drill alter this year.




“Police trying to provoke protesters at Lancashire fracking site”, say injured councillors

Two councillors who were pushed to the ground during policing of protests outside Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site last week have accused offices of trying to provoke the demonstrators.

Miranda Cox, a member of Kirkham Town Council, and Roger Lloyd, an independent on Fylde Borough Council, both reported increasingly heavy-handed policing at the weekday protests outside the site at Preston New Road near Blackpool.