What’s happening this week? 27 March-2 April 2017

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”

Fracking company seeks relaxation of planning conditions for restoration at Becconsall

Cuadrilla is seeking to raise the height of the rig and the volume of noise it can make at a Lancashire shale gas site next to an internationally-important bird reserve.Becconsall2

The company has asked Lancashire County Council to change restrictions on well abandonment and restoration work at Becconsall next to the Ribble Estuary.

Under planning conditions set in 2014, Cuadrilla must limit noise levels to 42 decibels (dB) (decision notice). The company had also said it would use a rig no higher than 22m.

But Cuadrilla has made a new planning application LCC/2014/0047NM1 to increase the rig height by 10m to 32m. In another application LCC/2017/0016, the company is seeking to increase the maximum noise limit by 13dB to 55dB. As well as increasing the noise level, Cuadrilla wants the limit to be set at the nearest home, not the boundary of the site.

A residents’ group has said current planning conditions should be adhered to and it would oppose the company’s new applications. Continue reading “Fracking company seeks relaxation of planning conditions for restoration at Becconsall”

What’s happening this week? 6-11 February 2017

In this week’s events listing: beis-wave-tracker

  • Latest government data on attitudes to fracking
  • Nottingham Secular Society debate on fracking
  • Seminars on the world energy outlook and carbon capture and storage
  • Plus activists’ summits, planning meetings and film screening 

Monday 7 February 2017

Continuing rolling roadside protest against Cuadrilla’s operations at Preston New Road, 9am-3pm, Preston New Road, Westby PR4 Details

Frack Off! Frack On! Nottingham Secular Society debate between INEOS and Frack Free Nottinghamshire. The motion is: “This House believes that Fracking is intrinsically safe and will be of great benefit to our country!” 7.30pm-9pm, The Canal House Bar, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EH. Details Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 6-11 February 2017”

Residents demand stricter monitoring of Cuadrilla’s fracking site

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Residents living near Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Lancashire have called for tougher action from the authorities.

At a meeting yesterday there were complaints that regulation of the Preston New Road site near Blackpool was fragmented and there was no overall control.

Residents who have been calling for radon monitoring said drilling should be delayed for six months so that baseline data could be collected.

There were allegations that planning conditions had been breached and calls for round-the-clock monitoring. One group of opponents said it would it was now watching the site 24-hours a day.

The meeting at Wrea Green brought together eight staff from the Environment Agency, along with officers from Lancashire County Council, Public Health England, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority and Fylde Borough Council. Continue reading “Residents demand stricter monitoring of Cuadrilla’s fracking site”

Mystery Tea House film showing

The next film at the mystery tea house is called ‘Into Eternity’

Nuclear film MTH

It will be shown on 24th February at 7pm

Hope you can make this screening;  Marianne Birkby from radiation free Lakeland will be talking about Moorside, Drigg and the risks of fracking near nuclear developments.

The anti nuclear campaign is very important; we could end up with the worlds biggest nuclear development on our doorstep, with the worlds biggest nuclear waste deposits and the largest processing facilities as well as the         world’s biggest terrorist target.

Manchester to hear all legal challenges to Cuadrilla fracking rulings – against government wishes

Judges in Manchester are to hear all three legal challenges to rulings by the Secretary of State over fracking in Lancashire.manchester_civil_justice_centre

The government had wanted all the cases to be decided at one hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

But DrillOrDrop understands they are now to be considered at the High Court in Manchester because they are regarded as cases of local importance. Continue reading “Manchester to hear all legal challenges to Cuadrilla fracking rulings – against government wishes”

Residents feel betrayed over failure to test for radon around Lancashire fracking site

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People living around Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool say they are horrified to learn that there has been no independent testing for the radioactive gas, radon.PNR radon

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has been surveying water and air quality, greenhouse gases, seismicity, ground motion and carbon dioxide in soil around the site at Little Plumpton (details).

But the organisation confirmed to DrillOrDrop that there has been no monitoring of radon in the air or homes, before operations begin at Preston New Road. It also said it was not aware of any radon monitoring in the area by other organisations. Continue reading “Residents feel betrayed over failure to test for radon around Lancashire fracking site”

What’s happening this week? 23-29 January 2017

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BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JANUARY 22, 2017

In this week’s events listing: continuing protests outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road, plus a Solidarity Saturday event nearby, 10 meetings, two debates and a Meet the Regulator drop-in. Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 23-29 January 2017”