Rolling Roadside Protest – Anti Fracking – Anti Cuadrilla

Friday 6th January 2017

Westby Road, Preston PR4  3 Preston New Rd

Fracking firm Cuadrilla has started prep work at its Lancashire site on Preston New Road.

Workers have begun to ready the area for drilling – despite the fact there are still two legal challenges to their work, and despite thousands of local people still objecting to their plans.

Though fracking hasn’t started yet, it seems clear that in 2017 our movement will need to work harder than ever to keep the fracking industry at bay.

We will be launching a Peaceful Roadside Protest down Preston New Road from 1pm on Friday 6th January 2017 to make Cuadrilla and their supporters aware that we have not given up the fight.

Please bring banners, posters instruments etc to make ourselves seen and heard.

Meeting at Westby Road and walking towards the fracking site.

This is for all groups and individuals. If you are anti fracking at all please come down and show your support.

Friends of the Earth and the ASA ruling

To our friends at Frack Free Lancashire,fracking_resources_313

We’re sorry to not have been in touch sooner. Today’s media coverage, which relates to the complaints made to the ASA in 2015 by Cuadrilla, has come as a surprise to us.

As many of you already know, before Christmas, the ASA agreed not to rule on the complaint. This means there has been no finding against Friends of the Earth or the leaflet.

The ASA can decide to do this if the advertising is no longer being used (like our old leaflet), and is often used in cases where they feel “the number and/or seriousness of the complaints does not provide good reason to investigate the case formally”

Based on this, we understood that the ASA would put a notification on their website to state this, along with the longer list of rulings.

That’s why we were surprised when we heard from journalists that the ASA had put out a press release.  Despite the media coverage, it remains the case that there has been no ruling against Friends of the Earth or this leaflet.

You can read more about the decision here.

The fracking company that made the complaint is spinning the story like it won. This is simply not true [2]. And we stand by the fact that fracking is a serious risk to people and the environment. The scientific evidence keeps growing.

In dealing with the complaint, we submitted over 100 independent studies, reports and pieces of evidence to support the statements in the leaflet, including 32 peer-reviewed academic papers, official government documents and authoritative institutions like the British Geological Survey, the European Commission and the UN Environment Program. We think the science is clear and we’re sticking by it.

Fans of fracking are lining up to attack us, and to discredit the amazing work that groups like Frack Free Lancs have done to keep the UK frack free for over 5 years.

We can see the impact we are having. Resistance to fracking in the UK continues to grow and public support is at an all-time low. This is down to the amazing work of people like you.

We must keep it up.

It is a pleasure to work alongside you and we will continue to support you in the future. We will not be silenced by the fossil fuel industry and we go into 2017 more united and determined than ever.

Until we win,

Anna and the Friends of the Earth fracking team.

Drilling Diary 2017 via Drill or Drop

20+ events about UK fracking and onshore oil and gas in January 2017, including information meetings, three Meet the Regulator drop-ins, presentations, planning committees, consultations and deadlines. Also advanced notice of dates later in the year. Updated throughout the month.

Wednesday 3 January 2017

Frack Free North Somerset Open Meeting, 7.30pm, The Bristol Hotel, 29 Locking Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS23 3BZ. Details

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Public meeting about proposal to use hydrofluoric acidisation at Egdon Resource’s well at Wressle, Lincolnshire. 7pm-9pm, St John’s Church Hall, Bigby Road, Brigg, near Grimsby DN20 8EJ.

Saturday 7 January 2017

Protect Sherwood Forest from fracking, meeting hosted by Friends of the Earth, includes short walk in the forest, gathering with speakers at the Major Oak and tea in the café at the visitor centre, 1pm-3pm, Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, Swinecote Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG21 9HN. Details

Monday 9 January 2017

Presentation by Frack Free South Yorkshire to Thorpe Salvin Parish Council, 7pm, St Peter’s Church, Thorpe Salvin, Rotherham S80 3JP. Details

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Meet the Regulators drop-in session, with representatives of Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority, and Public Health England. Altrincham, Trafford, Greater Manchester. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Meeting of Surrey County Council planning and regulatory committee, which may decide an application by Europa Oil & Gas to add extra security fencing at its Bury Hill Wood (Holmwood) oil exploration site. The meeting may also consider the company’s traffic management plan for the Bury Hill Wood site. To be confirmed 10.30am, Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN

Meeting of North Lincolnshire Council planning committee at which Egdon’s planning application for 15 years of oil and gas production at Wressle could be decided. Not confirmed. Details Continue reading “Drilling Diary 2017 via Drill or Drop”

Frack Free Lancashire Teddies

We are rescue teddies. Frack Free Lancashire have rescued us. But now Teddies FFLthey need our help to rescue them! We have had a wash and have some lovely new clothes. We come in lots of shapes and sizes. Please make a donation and take one of us home with you!

For further details, contact:

Mrs M Mills, Ollery Hall Barn, Plumpton Lane, Halsall L39 8SL


Drilling Diary December via Ruth Hayhurst

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A Voice for Leith Hill stall at Dorking Gala Night, 6.30pm-9.30pm, High Street, Dorking Surrey. Details

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free monthly meeting, 7.30pm, contact for venue and details.

Are we going to be fracked? presentation, organised by the Eckington Tenants and Residents Focus Group, 8pm, Eckington Miners Welfare Social Club, Pitt Hill, Pipeyard Lane, Eckington S21 4FA. Details

Continue reading “Drilling Diary December via Ruth Hayhurst”

What’s happening this week? 7-13 November 2016

This week’s diary features the United Against Fracking national rally in Manchester, plus four film screenings, two parliamentary meetings, as well as talks, discussions, a lecture and debate.

Please let us know (click here) if any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Event listings for the rest of November and later in the year here

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Cuadrilla losses mount to $17.6m

Balcombe,West Sussex, UK Anti Fracking protests..16th September

Cuadrilla losses mount to $17.6m

The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, has announced a loss of $17.671m for the 12 months ending 31 December 2015, down from $11.568m on the previous year.

Accounts for the parent company, Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Ltd, showed that operating and administrative expenses were similar in 2015 and 2014 ($17.5m: $16.3m).

But in 2015 revenue from its well services business, including rig hire, was down to $219,000, compared with $5.17m in 2014.

During 2015, Cuadrilla sought planning permission to drill, fracking and test for shale gas at two new sites in Lancashire at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. Both were refused by Lancashire County Council and, following the company’s appeal, they were considered at a 19-day public inquiry in spring 2016.

Earlier this month, the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, granted permission for the Preston New Road application and said he was minded to approve Roseacre Wood.

Blackpool Gazette

This is an excerpt from a letter written to the Blackpool Gazette by E.Norton.

20160311_112132“I cannot say for sure if fracking is a good and useful thing, or if it is a
world shattering harm. But harm has already been done. When national government even just attempts to override local, we all lose in the fight for mankind’s evolution into a free and united people”.


Study links blood pressure risk to road noise

Traffic noise is associated with an increase in hypertension cases, according to research from five European countries

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People living near noisy roads could have a bigger risk of high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Meanwhile, long-term exposure to air pollution can also increase a person’s risk, experts found.

The new study tracked 41,000 people in five different countries for up to nine years.

An extra adult per every 100 living in the most polluted areas will develop high blood pressure compared with those living in the less polluted areas, the research suggests. Continue reading “Study links blood pressure risk to road noise”