Drilling Diary – March 2017

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BY RUTH HAYHURST ON MARCH 1, 2017

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50+ events in March 2017 about UK fracking and onshore oil and gas, including two statutory challenges against the government approval of fracking at Preston New Road, plus the start of a nationwide fortnight of direct action, as well as court hearings, planning decisions, energy debates, information events, meetings and film screenings.

Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong. This page will be updated throughout the month with new information.

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Continuing week-day rolling roadside protest against Cuadrilla’s operations at Preston New Road, 9am-3pm, Preston New Road, Westby PR4

Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee meeting. The agenda includes applications LCC/2014/0047NM1 and LCC/2017/0016 by Cuadrilla to change the condition on noise and rig height at its Becconsall Exploration Site, off Bonny Barn Road, Hundred End Banks. 10am, Cabinet Room B, the Diamond Jubilee Room, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ.

Scheduled date for a court hearing for Louise Hammond on a charge of obstructing the highway at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. 10am, Blackpool Magistrates Court, Civic Centre, Chapel Street, Blackpool, FY1 5DQ

Reclaim the Power Keep it in the Ground mobiliser tour: strategies and tactics to oppose fracking, 7pm-9pm, The Pavilion Cafe, Ashton Gardens, St Georges Road, Lytham St Annes FY8 2AE. 

Haxby & Wigginton Against Fracking meeting, 7:30-9:30pm, Haxby Sports Bar, North Lane, Haxby YO32 3JP

Frack Free North Somerset open meeting, 7.30pm-10.30pm, The Bristol Hotel, 29 Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3BZ.

Frack Free Bridlington meeting, 7.30pm, The Windsor, Windsor Crescent, Bridlington.

Thursday 2 March 2017

British Geological Survey drop-in event about its Vale of Pickering environmental baseline monitoring, 2pm-8pm, Kirby Misperton Village Hall, High Row, Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire YO17 6XN

Reclaim the Power Keep it in the Ground mobiliser tour: strategies and tactics to oppose fracking, 7pm-9pm, The Venue, Gadbrook Road, Rudheath, Northwich CW9 7JL.

Eckington Against Fracking public meeting, 7.30pm, Eckington Miners’ Welfare, Pipeyard Lane, Eckington S21 4FA

Free screening of A Groundswell Rising, organised by local residents concerned about potential fracking and drilling Weston-Super-Mare and North Somerset , 7.30pm, St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Road, Worle, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 7PW

Friday 3 March 2017

Flying high to finish fracking. Fundraising event for one of the legal challenges to permission for fracking at Preston New Road. 9.30am-11.30am, Suffolk. Details and link to fundraising page: crowdjustice.org/case/demandtheban

Scheduled date for court hearing of Louise Hammond, Jared Dunne, Edward Thornton and Joseph Boyd on charges of failing to comply with a prohibited assembly police direction at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. 10am, Blackpool Magistrates Court, Civic Centre, Chapel Street, Blackpool, FY1 5DQ

Reclaim the Power Keep it in the Ground mobiliser tour: strategies and tactics to oppose fracking, 7pm-9pm, Next to Nowhere Social Centre basement, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY.

Frack Free Somerset screening of The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas, 7pm-10pm, Wildgoose Space, 228 Mina Road, St. Werburghs, BS2 9YP

Saturday 4 March 2017

Free Power Up event hosted by Friends Of the Earth on using the legal and planning systems to fight fracking, 10.30am-5pm, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3,

Leith Hill Solidarity Saturday, 11am-6pm, Bury Hill Wood, Coldharbour Lane, near Leith Hill, Dorking RH5 6HN.

Frack-Free Folk Jam, 7-11pm, St Mary’s Church Hall, Wimborne Road, Poole BH152EG

Tuesday 7 March 2017

9am deadline for applications to the 2017 Campaign Bootcamp. Details

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting, 7.30pm, Cafe, Central United Reformed Church, Chapel Walk, off Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB.

Short debate called by Lord Truscott on the economic and environmental benefits of shale gas development in the UK. Afternoon, House of Lords, London SW1A 1AA. Details

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Walk the No Fracking Way. Day 1: Kirby Misperton-Easingwold. Details

Swap work for work. Additional week-day protest against Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 9.30am, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire.

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.

Bolton Against Fracking Monthly Meeting, 7pm, Cotton Tree Pub, Bolton BL1 2NP D

Thursday 9 March 2017

Walk the No Fracking Way. Day 2:Easingwold-Harrogate.

Frack Free Cleveland meeting, 6pm, Saltburn House Hotel bar, Marine Parade, Saltburn, Redcar and Cleveland TS12 1BX.

Frack Free Kirton in Lindsey meeting about Wressle appeal, 7pm, The Yarborough Hunt pub, 49 Bridge Street, Brigg, North Lincolnshire DN20 8NS.

Public meeting on fracking, 7pm, St. Mary’s Church Parish Rooms, St. Mary’s Church, Darley Lane, Derby DE1 3AU. Details

No Fracking Way social meet, 7pm-11.30pm, Major Tom’s Social, 3 The Ginnel, Harrogate, HG1 2RB

Friday 10 March 2017

Walk the No Fracking Way. Day 3: Harrogate-Silsden.

Saturday 11 March 2017

Fracking in Bassetlaw awareness stall, 10am-1pm, Carolgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6DY.

Walk the No Fracking Way. Day 4: Silsden-Longridge.

Frack Free Cleveland meeting, 2pm-4pm, Saltburn House Hotel Bar, Marine Parade, Saltburn, Redcar and Cleveland, TS12 1BX.

Leicestershire Against Onshore Drilling Springtime Frack-Free Festival, 2-5pm, location tbc

Sunday 12 March 2017

Walk the No Fracking Way. Day 5: Longridge-Preston New Road.

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

Tuesday 14 March 2017

All Party Parliamentary Group on unconventional oil and gas meeting The Case for Shale Gas, with Gareth Redmond-King, WWF-UK and Ken Cronin, UK Onshore Oil and Gas, 10am-11am, Houses of Parliament (by invitation)

Wednesday 15 March 2017

First day of two statutory challenges by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman against the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, to grant planning permission to Cuadrilla to drill, frack and test up to four shale gas wells at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire. 9.30am, the High Court, Manchester Civil Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street, Manchester M60 9DJ.

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.

Frack Free Ashfield film screening and introduction to fracking presentation, 7.30pm-10pm, Triple S Snooker and Social Club, Mansfield Road, Skegby, Nottinghamshire NG17 3ED.

Frack Free North Somerset open meeting, 7.30pm-10.30pm, The Bristol Hotel, 29 Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3BZ.

Public meeting by Frack Free Formby to discuss plans by Aurora Energy Resources to drill for shale gas in the former Formby Oilfield. 7.30pm, Cricket Club, Cricket Path, Formby, Liverpool L37 7DP.

Thursday 16 March 2017

Day two of two statutory challenges by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman against the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, to grant planning permission to Cuadrilla to drill, frack and test up to four shale gas wells at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire. 9.30am, the High Court, Manchester Civil Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street, Manchester M60 9DJ.

Friday 17 March 2017

Day three of two statutory challenges by Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman against the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, to grant planning permission to Cuadrilla to drill, frack and test up to four shale gas wells at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire. 9.30am, the High Court, Manchester Civil Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street, Manchester M60 9DJ.

Closing date for consultation by Natural England on whether to confirm the West Pennine Moors as a SSSI. Confirmation would help prevent fracking from the surface of the area. Link to consultation

Frack Free York Benefit Extravaganza, 7.30pm-11.30pm, The Fulford Arms, 121 Fulford Road, York YO10 4EX.

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.

Scheduled meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning and licensing committee. Possible date for a decision on IGas’s Tinker Lane application for exploratory shale gas drilling. NOT CONFIRMED. 10.30am, County Hall, West Bridgeford, Nottingham NG2 7QP

Fracking debate hosted by Leeds Green Party. 7pm-9pm, Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre, Bennett Road, Leeds, LS6 3HN.

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Scheduled meeting of Surrey County Council Planning and Regulatory Committee at which Europa’s remaining planning permission conditions and additional planning applications for Bury Hill Wood may be discussed. The agenda is NOT CONFIRMED. 10.30am, Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN.

University of Central Lancashire Energy Futures:Global Challenges free public debate. Speakers include: Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla; Mike Tynan, former CEO of Westinghouse UK and Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield; Myles Kitcher, MD of Peel Environmental talking about the need to have a balanced energy portfolio; Nathalie Bennett, former leader of The Green Party, to be confirmed. 6.30-9pm, Darwin Lecture Theatre, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE.

Frack Free Chorley & South Ribble monthly meeting, 7:30pm, Trader Jacks, Hollinshead Street, Chorley PR7 1EP.

Monday 27 March 2017

Start of Reclaim the Power Break the Chain fortnight of direct action. Plans for the event say “groups across the country will use direct action to disrupt companies supplying services and materials to the fracking industry, aiming to pressure them into dropping contracts. Continues until Monday 10 April 2017.

Wednesday 29 March 2017

UK onshore oil and gas: Policy, planning and future developments conference. Confirmed speakers include: Ken Cronin, UKOOG; Andrew Mullaney, Lancashire County Council; Jonathan Smith, Nottinghamshire County Council; Mark Hill, North York Moors National Park; Sue Manns, Pegasus, Sean McFadynen, EESSA; Tony Smith, Peel Gas and Oil; Tony Almond, HSE; Mark Ellis-Jones, EA; Jim Marshall, Water UK; Gemma James, Environmental Issues; Kevin Hollinrake MP; Neil Rowley, National Grid; Peter Styles, Keele University; Nick Riley, Carboniferous. 8.30am-5pm, city centre venue in Birmingham.

Thursday 30 March 2017

Publication of government statistics on greenhouse gas emissions and energy trends and prices. 9.30am, gov.uk website.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheffield; Myles Kitcher, MD of Peel Environmental talking about the need to have a balanced energy portfolio; Nathalie Bennett, former leader of The Green Party, to be confirmed. 6.30-9pm, Darwin Lecture Theatre, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE.

Frack Free Chorley & South Ribble monthly meeting, 7:30pm, Trader Jacks, Hollinshead Street, Chorley PR7 1EP.

 

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.

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