UK shale gas overhyped because geology is unsuitable for fracking – Scottish research

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.

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Council bans pedestrians from fracking site verges until 2019 after spending £59k on security guards

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 11, 2017  
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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”

Cuadrilla announces doubling of spending in Lancashire

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”

What’s happening this week? 7-13 August 2017

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”

Force used at fracking site protests 165 times in 19 day

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”

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 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

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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 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”

Lorry protest outside Lancs fracking site nears 60 hours

 

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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 a vehicle delivering to the site at 8am on Tuesday morning (25 July 2017).

Another protester climbed onto a separate lorry about three hours later and has been there since. A third man joined the protest at 6am on Wednesday morning (26 July 2017) and is now into his 36th hour.

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Lorry protest on Preston New Road, 27 July 2017. Photo: Cheryl Atkinson

The trucks are parked on Preston New Road, west of the site entrance and are thought to be transporting heavy equipment, possibly associated with the drilling rig. This was delivered at about 4am today in breach of a condition of Cuadrilla’s planning permission. (DrillorDrop report)

 

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Lorry protest on Preston New Road, 27 July 2017. Photo: Gathering Place Films

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Lorry protest on Preston New Road, 27 July 2017. Photo: Gathering Place Films

Police have used ladders to talk to the three men but there is no sign that they are willing to come down.

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Lorry protest on Preston New Road, 27 July 2017. Photo: Reclaim the Power

The anti-fracking group, Reclaim the Power, said three other people taking part in the protest, known as lorry surfing, had been arrested, as had three people sitting in front of a lorry.

Within the past few minutes, police released two protesters who had locked themselves to a car outside the site entrance.  Another pair were released from a separate car earlier today.

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Protester released by police from a lock-on protest in a car, 27 July 2017. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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 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.”

What’s happening this week? 24-30 July 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 23, 2017

Monday 24 July 2017
What is fracking? Talk by John Cossham FRSA, campaigner, sustainability activist and entertainer, hosted by York Skeptics, The Phoenix Inn, 75 George Street, York, YO1 9PT.

Tuesday 25 July 2017
Frack Free South Yorkshire presentation to Sheffield TUC, 7pm, Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, 20 Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QQ.

Wednesday 26 July
Women’s Call 2, demonstration outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site near Blackpool, 9.30am-12.30pm, meeting at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Westby Lancashire PR4 3PE.

INEOS Community Exhibition, 2.30pm-7pm, Barlborough Village Hall, High Street, Barlborough S43 4TJ.
Anti-fracking community event  and alternative exhibition, organised by Bolsover Against Fracking, to coincide with INEOS exhibition (see above), 2.30pm-7pm, Barlborough Miners’ Welfare, 1 California Ln, Barlborough, Chesterfield S43 4EZ .
Dronfield Against Fracking monthly meeting, 7.15pm-9pm, Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, S18 2XP.

Thursday 27 July 2017
Anti-fracking solidarity trip by Friends of the Earth Scotland to Preston New Road, Lancashire. Depart central Scotland, 6pm.
Solidarity jam for Blackpool and Fylde Anti-fracking camp, 6.30pm-9pm, Boho Utopia, 485 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 4AN.
Frack Free Ashfield monthly meeting, 7.30pm-9pm, Duke of Wellington pub, Church Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, NG17 8LA.

Friday 28 July 2017

Carnival for a Frack Free Future, hosted by Reclaim the Power, 8am-6pm, Preston new Road, Little Plumpton, FY4 5JS.
No faith in fracking gathering, 9am Cuadrilla shale gas site, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, FY4 5JS.

Saturday 29 July 2017
Day of talks and workshops, hosted by Reclaim the Power, on long-running campaigns and direct action training, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton PR4 3PE.

Gathering on the Green, hosted by Broadford Bridge Action Group, 2pm, Adversane Lane, outside the Blacksmiths Arms, near Billingshurst, West Sussex.
Anti-fracking campaign stall at Cresswell Gala, 12 noon-11pm, Creswell Multisports Arena, Model Village, S80 4BN

Sunday 30 July 2017
Community work day at A New Hope Community Camp, hosted by Reclaim the Power, 8am-7pm, Details
Creative day, hosted by Reclaim the Power, to make banners and action care messages, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton PR4 3PE