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

Thursday 12 January 2017

Are we going to be fracked? presentation, 7.30pm, Letwell Village Hall, Letwell, Rotherham S81 4DF. Details

Sunday 15 January 2017

Deadline to sign petition calling for a UK ban on fracking for 20 years. Details

Monday 16 January 2017

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

Presentation by INEOS, 7.45pm, Letwell Village Hall, Letwell Village, Rotherham S81 4DF. Details

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Frack Free Ashfield event: Basic introduction to fracking followed by a film screening of Groundswell Rising, 7.45pm, Acacia Centre, Acacia Avenue, Annesley Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire NG17 9BH

Wednesday 18 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. Melton, Leicestershire. Time and venue to be confirmed.

South Yorkshire regional anti-fracking meeting, 7pm, CPRE Offices, 37 Stafford Road,Sheffield S2 2SF. Intended for South Yorkshire and East Midlands region Details

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

Thursday 19 January 2017

South Downs National Park Authority planning committee meeting. Watch for updates on UK Oil & Gas planning application to produce oil for 20 years at Markwells Wood, West Sussex. 10am, Memorial Hall, South Downs Centre, North St, Midhurst GU29 9DH. Details

Are we going to be fracked? Presentation by Frack Free South Yorkshire to Sprotbrough & Cusworth Parish Council, 7pm, Goldsmith Centre, Sprotbrough Rd, Sprotbrough, Doncaster DN5 8BP. Details

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Possible date for Nottinghamshire County Council planning committee to decide on the application by Dart/IGas for its shale gas exploration at Tinker Lane, near Blyth and Torworth. To be confirmed. Details

Thursday 26 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. Market Weighton Community Hall, Station Road, Market Weighton, East Yorkshire, YO43 3AX. Time to be confirmed.

Are we going to be fracked? presentation, 7pm-9pm, Shireoaks Village Hall, St Luke’s Church, Shireoaks Road, Shireoaks, S81 8LX. Details

Wednesday 31 January 2017

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

Coming up
February 2017
Wednesday 1 February 2017

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

The Lancashire Appeals: ‘What’s the fracking story?’. Meeting of the Institute of Acoutstics Southern Branch on the background to Lancashire County Council’s decision to turn down planning applications at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road with consultants Andy McKenzie and Ed Clarke. 6pm-9pm, Guildhall Winchester, The Broadway, Winchester, SO23 9GH. Details and booking

Thursday 2 February 2017

Closing date for consultation on application for a variation of environmental permit for Horse Hill-1 well site, Horse Hill, Hookwood, Horley, Surrey RH6 0HN. Details

Saturday 4 February 2017

Friends of the Earth East Midlands regional gathering, 10am-4pm, Nottingham CVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB. Details or contact howard.whitehead@foe.co.uk

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar: Future prospects for Carbon Capture and Storage, morning, central London. Details

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

Thursday 9 February 2017

Publication of Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Public Attitudes Tracking Survey, Wave 20

Saturday 11 February 2017

Friends of the Earth Yorkshire gathering, 10.30am-5pm, The Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET. Details or carla.doran@foe.co.uk

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Are we going to be fracked? Presentation by Frack Free South Yorkshire, Rossington Parish Council, Rossington Parish Hall, McConnell Crescent, Rossington, Doncaster DN11 0PL. To be confirmed. Details

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Meet the Regulators drop-in session, with representatives of Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority, and Public Health England. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, to be confirmed.

Civic Society Talk: Both sides of the fracking debate with Dr Eric Wade, honorary research fellow, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, 7.30pm, Morpeth Methodist Church, Howard Terrace, Morpeth NE61 1HU. Details

Thursday 16 February 2017

Meet the Regulators drop-in session, with representatives of Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority, and Public Health England

Wednesday 22 February 2017

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

First possible date for Surrey County Council to consider the UK Oil & Gas planning application for extended well testing and more drilling at Horse Hill, near Horley and Gatwick Airport.

Saturday 25 February 2017

Friends of the Earth Greater South East regional gathering, 11am-4pm, The Printworks, 143 Clapham Rd, London SW9 0HP. Details or contact laura.mcfarlane-shopes@foe.co.uk

Friends of the Earth North West regional gathering, 10.30am-5pm, The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT. Details or contact Carla.doran@foe.co.uk

March 2017
Wednesday 1 March 2017

Meet the Regulators drop-in session, with representatives of Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority, and Public Health England. Long Eaton, Derbyshire, time and venue to be confirmed.

Wednesday 8 March 2017

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

Monday 13 March 2017

Closing date for comments in final consultation on West Sussex and South Downs National Park joint minerals and waste plan. Details and links

Wednesday 15 March 2017

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

Tuesday 21 March 2017

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

Thursday 30 March 2017

Publication of government statistics on greenhouse gas emissions and energy trends and prices.

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

For further dates and details see https://drillordrop.com/2017/01/01/drilling-diary-january-2017/#more-32743

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