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

via Drill or Drop

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


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”

What’s happening this week? 16-22 January 2017whats-happening-this-week

Monday 16 January 2017

Preston New Road rolling road protest, 9am-3pm, Preston New Road, A583, Little Plumpton, Lancashire PR4 3PJ. Details

Final consultation opens on Joint Minerals and Waste Local Plan for West Sussex and the South Downs National Park. Runs until 13 March.

Ban Fracking Now: join Labour MSP Claudia Beamish to consult on her Scottish Parliamentary Bill to ban fracking, 7pm-8.30pm, Portobello Baptist Church Hall, 185 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1EU.

Presentation by INEOS, 7.45pm, Letwell Village Hall, Letwell Village, Rotherham S81 8DF. Continue reading “”

Friends of the Earth: Let’s talk about the fracking facts

Craig Bennett craig.bennett
13 January 2017

Fracking firm Cuadrilla has started work on their site at Preston New Road in Lancashire, despite opposition from local residents and their elected representatives.

If they succeed in fracking it would be the first time fracking has taken place in the UK for over five years (since earth tremors put a halt to exploratory drilling in Preese Hall near Blackpool in 2011). Continue reading “Friends of the Earth: Let’s talk about the fracking facts”

What’s happening this week? 9-15 January 2017

By Ruth Hayhurst
Monday 9 January 2017whats-happening-this-week
Roadside protest, anti-fracking, anti-Cuadrilla, 9am-3pm, Westby Road, Preston, PR4. Details

Frack Free Dearne Valley meeting, 1.30pm, United Reform Church Hall, Melton High Street, Wath-upon-Dearne S63 6RG Details

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

Frack Free Nottinghamshire meeting, 7pm, Lincolnshire Poacher, 161 – 163 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FR

Dronfield Town Council meeting at which INEOS shale gas plans for this part of Derbyshire may be discussed. 7.30pm, Council Chamber, Civic Hall, Dronfield, Derbyshire S18 1PD. Details Continue reading “What’s happening this week? 9-15 January 2017”

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

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