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.
BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MARCH 27, 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”
The seventh week of protests at the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool began with further arrests of activists opposing shale gas exploration. Police say the number of arrests made at the site is around 30, generally for suspicion of offences under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
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.