Monthly archive for May 2017

Drilling diary – June 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 31, 2017 https://drillordrop.com/2017/05/31/drilling-diary-june-2017/#more-44900 60+ events in June about fracking and onshore oil and gas, including five direct action training sessions, nine screenings of The Bentley Effect documentary and the UK launch of Frackopoly. Plus meetings, fundraisers and industry conferences & workshops.

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European backing for Lancashire fracking protests

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 31, 2017 About 80 opponents of fracking from across Europe joined a protest today outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, where drilling is expected to start imminently. The campaigners were from Friends of the Earth groups in

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“Government misled public and parliament over shale gas carbon emissions” – new research

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 24, 2017 The government misled parliament and the public over the climate change impacts of shale gas, according to new research. It suggests that ministers may even have breached their code of conduct by giving MPs inaccurate information. The conclusions, by environmental

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Conservatives back fracking and seeks to take some shale decisions away from local councils

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 18, 2017 • ( 26 COMMENTS ) A Conservative government would take some decisions on shale gas drilling plans out of local control.In the manifesto published this morning, the party said: Drilling that did not involve fracking would be classed as permitted

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Anti-fracking campaigners accuse police of “disproportionate and aggressive” tactics at Cuadrilla shale gas site

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 17, 2017 Opponents of Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool say their right to protest has been “repeatedly trampled on” by Lancashire Police. In a letter to the force’s incoming chief constable, Andy Rhodes, they called for a meeting on policing of

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Judge dismisses bid to challenge government minister over reopening Lancashire fracking inquiry

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 17, 2017 A Lancashire resident failed today to bring a legal challenge to the decision by the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, over one of Cuadrilla’s proposed shale gas sites. Mr Javid announced in October 2016 that he was reopening the public inquiry

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Photographer appeals against conviction for obstruction at anti-fracking protest

Photographer appeals against conviction for obstruction at anti-fracking protest

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 15, 2017 A photo-journalist who spent about five minutes at an anti-fracking protest in Bolton is to appeal against a conviction for obstructing the highway. Peter Yankowski Walker, from Oldham, said he was arrested after taking photographs of a lorry which was

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Battered but steadfast: dispatch from Lancashire, England’s fracking frontline

The months-old protest at Preston New Road, Lancashire, is no longer just about fracking, writes Mat Hope. This dispute is now about London versus the North. It is about the government failing ‘the people’ from which it has become detached. It is about people sensing hopelessness and

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