Monthly archive for July 2017

Drilling diary – August 2017

50+ events in August 2017 about fracking and onshore oil and gas in the UK, including: Court of Appeal hearing on planning permission for Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, plus rallies, council decisions, consultation deadlines, survey results, exhibitions, walks, talks, meetings and film screenings. Please let us

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What’s happening this week? 31 July-6 August 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST DRILL OR DROP In this week’s listings: Surrey County Council planning committee to discuss transport plans for Leith Hill site; Deadlines for consultations in Surrey and Lancashire; Latest results from government survey of public attitudes to fracking; Walk and fundraiser for campaigns against INEOS

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Crane operator pulling out of work at Cuadrilla’s fracking site

The company that supplied a crane to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool has pulled out of the job and is waiting to remove its equipment.  Bryn Thomas Cranes, of Flint, was sub-contracted by another company to carry out two-three days of work at Preston New Road. The

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Fracking Companies Are ‘Suffering’ as Financing Dries Up

Fracking companies in Britain privately admit they are “suffering” and struggling to secure finance, according to government documents obtained via freedom of information.  

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1,200+ people call for removal of rig from Cuadrilla’s fracking site1,200+ people call for removal of rig from Cuadrilla’s fracking site

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 28, 2017 More than 1,200 people have signed a petition in the past 24 hours calling for the enforcement of planning conditions at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site in Lancashire. The petition was launched in response to the company’s decision

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Haulier pulls out of Cuadrilla delivery after 72+ hour truck protest

A haulage company, which was making a delivery to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool, has confirmed it is cutting its ties with the industry after its lorry was delayed by protests for more than three days.  

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Lancashire Police face allegations of violence and collusion over fracking site

Councillors and anti-fracking campaigners have accused Lancashire Police of colluding with Cuadrilla to develop its shale gas site near Blackpool. There have also been complaints that the force has used “aggressive and inconsistent tactics” against campaigners at anti-fracking protests at the site at Preston New Road. Similar

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Police deny facilitating fracking drill operation

Lancashire Police says any planning breaches during rig delivery were committed by Cuadrilla, to whom they applied – and that officers acted to guard public safety.  

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Lorry protest outside Lancs fracking site nears 60 hours

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 27, 2017 • ( 9 COMMENTS )   Lorry protest on Preston New Road, 27 July 2017. Photo: Gathering Place Films An anti-fracking protester has been on top of a lorry near Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool for more than 58 hours. He climbed on top of

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Cuadrilla condemns fracking protesters for eight-hour road closure – opponents blame police tactics

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 25, 2017 Police closed the road outside Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas site for eight hours today in response to anti-fracking protests. Opponents of the company’s activities at Preston New Road near Blackpool took part in a sit-down protest and climbed onto two

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