BY RUTH HAYHURST ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
Students looking for a career in the onshore oil and gas industry were expected to enrol in a new national college this month.
But although the college has received an estimated £1.5m in start-up money from government and industry, it is not now expected to open for at least two or three years. Continue reading “What happened to the National College of Onshore Oil and Gas?”
BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 17, 2017
Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site where drilling is expected to begin this week. As Cuadrilla prepares to drill the UK’s first horizontal shale gas wells, research from a Scottish university suggests the country’s geology won’t support fracking.
Continue reading “UK shale gas overhyped because geology is unsuitable for fracking – Scottish research”
BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 11, 2017
Pedestrians have been barred from using the grass verges beside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool for more than a year and a half.
Lancashire County Council said this afternoon it had issued two temporary regulation orders for the short sections of verge either side of the site entrance at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. Continue reading “Council bans pedestrians from fracking site verges until 2019 after spending £59k on security guards”
BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 11, 2017 https://drillordrop.com/2017/08/11/cuadrilla-announces-doubling-of-spending-in-lancashire/#more-49716
The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, said today it had doubled the amount of money it had spent in Lancashire in the second quarter of the year.
The company today released the latest figures of what it called its “Lancashire Commitments Tracker, for the period up to 30 June 2017. Continue reading “Cuadrilla announces doubling of spending in Lancashire”
BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 7, 2017
What’s happening this week? 7-13 August 2017
In this week’s listings:Lancashire fracking protest court hearing; Don’t Drill The Weald rally; Comment deadline on planning applications; Premier and screenings of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power; Gathering on the Green; Plus meetings, fundraisers and information events Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 7-13 August 2017”
BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 4, 2017
Police officers used force at protests over Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site nearly nine times a day on average in the first half of July, according to data from Lancashire Constabulary.
Figures released in response to a Freedom of Information request show that over 19 days starting on 1 July, officers filed 165 “Use of Force” reports which referred to Preston New Road. Continue reading “Force used at fracking site protests 165 times in 19 day”
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 shale gas plans;
- Continuing gatherings at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site;
- Plus talks and meetings
What’s happening this week? 31 July-6 August 2017
Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 31 July-6 August 2017”
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 to deliver its drilling rig at about 4.15am yesterday, in breach of an agreement designed to prevent disturbance to people living nearby. Continue reading “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 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 vehicles as police tried to bring lorries into the site.
Cuadrilla’s chief executive, Francis Egan, said the protest was “causing delay and misery” to commuters, visitors and businesses.
Frack Free Lancashire blamed today’s blockage on the police for escorting a convoy of vehicles and encouraging two lorries to occupy both lanes of the road.
The A583 Preston New Road was closed in both directions at about 8.30am, for more than two miles, between Whitehills roundabout and Fox Lane Ends.
At 5pm, police opened one lane and operated a contraflow. A post on the Fylde Police Facebook page said “campaigners remained on top of vehicles and in road”.
The national campaign group, Reclaim the Power, which has been co-ordinating a month of direct action protests at Preston New Road, said eight trucks had been blockaded.
Yesterday the group said there had been 16 consecutive working days of disruption outside the site.
“Apology needed for inconvenience”
Mr Egan said this was the fourth complete road closure in as many weeks. He said there had also been eight more partial road closures.
In a statement this afternoon he said:
“We condemn today’s ongoing closure of the Preston New Road by protestors since 8.30am this morning.
“No responsible person can claim this is peaceful or lawful protest when it is causing delay and misery to local commuters, businesses and people visiting the area during the holiday season.
“Far from boasting online about their illegal exploits, the national activists from Reclaim The Power should publicly apologise to all those road users that they continue to inconvenience due to their self-serving, publicity seeking and foolish actions.
“We will exercise our democratic right to carry on with our lawful work at Preston New Road which is progressing to plan.”
“Successful tactics against unwanted industry”
A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:
“We understand Cuadrilla’s frustration at the successful tactics being employed against their attempts to impose this unwanted industry on the people of Lancashire.
“However, this morning’s total blockage would not have been required had Police not resorted to escorting a convoy and encouraging two HGVs to occupy two lanes, which was unsafe and inappropriate.
“We also note Mr Egan’s claim that his work is ‘progressing to plan’ but believe it has as much credibility as his repeated and misleading claims about the size of the well pad being the same size as a rugby pitch.”
Criticism of policePolice were criticised on social media by both sides of the argument.
In a comment on the Fylde Police Facebook page, Adam Saunders:
“Why are these people not being arrested on the spot? I’m pretty sure if average joe had a few to many beers got on a wagon and hurled abuse at you…. They would be arrested?”
Phil Cardwell said:
“You are failing in your duty to the people of the Fylde Coast that you are supposed to serve. Allowing anarchists to blockade a blue light route. How much more do we have to take? Get the road open NOW!”
Dan Tudor-Pole said the police should edit their Facebook post from “due to protester activity” to “due to Cuadrilla activity”. He said:
“These people are doing the right thing and stopping this dirty industry form taking place in the Fylde. This is the first drill pad of many, the Fylde will be absolutely covered in them if Cuadrilla and co get their way. We said NO.”
Claire Stevo said:
“Why is there an HGV straddling two lanes? How did it get there? Cuadrilla have no right to commandeer an entire road. Convoys were not part of the original traffic plan.”