What’s happening this week? 28 August-3 September 2017

In this week’s listings: Two-day hearing at the Court of Appeal in London on permission for fracking at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool; Deadline for comments on IGas application for testing at Ellesmere Port gas site; Third Energy information event about fracking

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There may be a huge flaw in UK fracking hopes – the geology

Little attention is paid as to whether the country’s geology is suitable for shale oil and gas production. The implication is that because fracking works in the US, it must also work here. In fact, the UK’s geological history suggests this is probably wrong.  

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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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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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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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North West trade unionists call for fracking ban

North West trade unions have issued a statement against fracking in solidarity with continuing protests in Preston New Road, near Blackpool.  

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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.

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