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

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Preston New Road, 23 June 2017. Photo: NED

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

 

 

 

 

Police and private security accused of using ‘brutal’ and ‘violent’ force in a quiet Lancashire village

A quiet Lancashire village is once again at the centre of a storm over police “brutality”. But this time, a private security company is also implicated. And campaigning locals have said that the corporation involved in this “disproportionate violence” has had what “little credibility” it had left “demolished”.

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Three Lancs councillors join 13-person anti-fracking lock-on protest at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 3, 2017

Three women councillors from Lancashire are taking part in a lock-on protest against operations at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool.
Along with 10 other Lancashire residents, they locked themselves to heavy objects at 3am at the Preston New Road site.
The protest is designed to stop vehicles entering the site where opponents expect the drilling rig will be delivered soon.


People opposed to Cuadrilla’s proposals have protested outside the site since work began in January. The company’s plans were refused permission by Lancashire County Council just over two years ago. But the Communities’ Secretary, Sajid Javid, gave the go-ahead to the scheme, following the recommendation of a planning inspector at a public inquiry.

Lancashire County Councillor Gina Dowding, one of the councillors taking part in today’s protest (above), said:

“It’s abundantly clear that when it comes to fracking, local councils have been rendered weak and helpless. I feel I need to be here with the community to say that we won’t roll over and accept this. We are putting our bodies on the line because our voices haven’t been heard.”

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Fylde Borough Councillor for Warton and Westby, Julie Brickles, (left)  said:

“I’m sometimes called the anti-fracking councillor. I strongly disagree with this: I’m the pro-community councillor and Westby is my community. Residents are rightly scared and we have now run out of options.”

 

 

Kirkham Town Councillor, Miranda Cox ,(right)  said:

“When your community and family is threatened, you are often left with little choice but to take direct action. As a councillor and member of this community, I have been left with no more alternatives.

“I feel our way of life locally is under attack by an industry that, backed by a distant central government, is seeking to turn Fylde and Lancashire into the largest gas field in Europe. I cannot stand by and allow this mass industrialisation to happen.”

 

 

Retired civil servant, Nick Danby, who lives in Inskip,  said:

“I believe that the imposition of fracking on our communities is unfair and unjust and it makes a mockery of local democracy. I have never been inside a courtroom before but, having exhausted all other legitimate means of resistance, I now feel that I have no choice but to continue my protest in the only way left available to me.”

 

Today’s protest is part of what has been called a “Rolling Resistance” month of action by Reclaim the Power, a UK-based network opposed to fracking.

At 9.20am, Lancashire Police posted on Twitter:

“A583 Preston New Road – Please be aware the is a contraflow in place due to campaigners “locked on” at the entrance to the Fracking site. Temporary traffic lights have been implemented and short delays are expected throughout the day.”

DrillOrDrop invited Cuadrilla to respond to the protest. This post will be updated with any further developments and comments.

Live updates: eviction of Leith Hill protection camp

An eviction is underway at a protection camp at the site earmarked for Europa’s oil exploration well at Bury Hill Wood, near Leith Hill in Surrey. The Camp was established on 28 October 2016 and an eviction order was issued by the High Court on 23  January 2017.

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What’s happening this week? 12-18 June 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JUNE 11, 2017
https://drillordrop.com/2017/06/11/whats-happening-this-week-12-18-june-2017/#more-45734

In this week’s listings:

Launch of local Medact group in Yorkshire
Final UK screenings of The Bentley Effect
Planning meetings
Fundraiser

Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 12-18 June 2017”

What’s happening this week? 5-11 June 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JUNE 4, 2017

https://drillordrop.com/2017/06/04/whats-happening-this-week-5-11-june-2017/#more-45215
In this week’s events listing:

UK book launch of Frackopoly
More screenings of The Bentley Effect
Oil and gas conferences
Anti-drilling direct action training workshops
Fracking information meetings
Oxford Geology Group lecture
Plus planning sessions, fundraisers and election hustings. Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 5-11 June 2017”

Drilling diary – June 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 31, 2017

https://drillordrop.com/2017/05/31/drilling-diary-june-2017/#more-44900

60+ events in June about fracking and onshore oil and gas, including five direct action training sessions, nine screenings of The Bentley Effect documentary and the UK launch of Frackopoly. Plus meetings, fundraisers and industry conferences & workshops.

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European backing for Lancashire fracking protests

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 31, 2017


About 80 opponents of fracking from across Europe joined a protest today outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, where drilling is expected to start imminently.

The campaigners were from Friends of the Earth groups in 30 countries, including Holland, Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

Jules Burton, of the local campaign group, Frack Free Lancashire, said:

“This industry has already caused catastrophic damage to great swathes of the countryside wherever it’s been practised.

“What is happening here at Preston New Road is not the culmination of Cuadrilla’s attempt to frack the Fylde but merely the start of an invasive and all-pervading industry that will change our area into one huge gasfield with no agriculture, no tourist industry and no more clean air or water.”

A spokesperson for Friends of the Earth said:

“The eyes of the world are on England – particularly the Fylde.

“We have successfully fought off the blight of fracking from countries in Europe and people power is gradually driving it out of Australia, Canada and America where it was born.

“The only country in the western world still supporting this dangerous and discredited industry is England and there is a real fear that if fracking goes ahead here it will give foreign governments the excuse they were looking for to re-introduce licenses regardless of public opinion”.

“Government misled public and parliament over shale gas carbon emissions” – new research

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MAY 24, 2017
The government misled parliament and the public over the climate change impacts of shale gas, according to new research. It suggests that ministers may even have breached their code of conduct by giving MPs inaccurate information.

The conclusions, by environmental investigator Paul Mobbs, centre on the government’s use of a report to portray shale gas as a bridge to a green, low carbon future.

The report on shale’s greenhouse gas emissions was commissioned by the then Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) from David MacKay and Timothy Stone and published in 2013. Continue reading ““Government misled public and parliament over shale gas carbon emissions” – new research”

Conservatives back fracking and seeks to take some shale decisions away from local councils

ConsManifesto.jpgA Conservative government would take some decisions on shale gas drilling plans out of local control.In the manifesto published this morning, the party said:

  • Drilling that did not involve fracking would be classed as permitted development and would not need planning permission
  • Major shale planning decisions could be made by a government minister rather than a local council planning committee.

This marks a major change in policy for the Conservatives, who have previously promised “local people know best” and there would be “no compromise” in taking account of the views of local communities.

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Conservatives back fracking and seeks to take some shale decisions away from local councils