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 know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong. This post will be updated throughout the month with new information.

With thanks to DrillorDrop

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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 contract was due to start yesterday but Nick Bartley, from Bryn Thomas, said the company was unaware of the site or work when it took on the job.

 

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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 general allegations have been made since Cuadrilla began work in January. DrillOrDrop report

 

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“Right to protest under threat at Lancashire fracking site” – Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the shale gas company, Cuadrilla, to answer allegations of violence by security guards and staff against protesters at its site near Blackpool.

Party co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, hand-delivered a letter to Cuadrilla’s chief executive today expressing “grave concern” about two recent incidents.

Last week security staff allegedly punched an activist and were photographed holding him by the throat. On Monday a protester was hit by a van leaving the site.

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What’s happening this week? 10-16 July 2017

In this week’s listings:

  • Divestment and green jobs rally at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site
  • Angus Energy conference call
  • Continuing direct action against Cuadrilla’s fracking plans
  • Cake at the Gate gatherings at UKOG’s Broadford Bridge site
  • Campaign training sessions
  • Planning meetings

Diary events for the rest of July 2017 here. Please let us know (click hereif any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. With grateful thanks to Ruth at DrillorDrop

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Cuadrilla’s bid to change rules for Lancs shale gas site raises concerns about “intensified fracking”

The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, is being urged to explain why it is seeking changes to the environmental permit for its site near Blackpool.The Environment Agency announced yesterday that Cuadrilla had applied to vary the permit for Preston New Road, where drilling is expected to start imminently.  The company wants to make changes to the maximum limit of fracture fluid that can be used and to the duration of flaring during initial well tests.

 

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