Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS UK GOVERNMENT MISLED PARLIAMENT ON THE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS OF FRACKING

PRESS RELEASE 25th May 2016

NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS UK GOVERNMENT MISLED PARLIAMENT ON THE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS OF FRACKING

 A report produced by Talk Fracking for the Ecologist magazine concludes that the UK Government’s reliance on a report based on allegedly flawed data has led it to mislead Parliament on the potential climate change impacts of fracking.

This latest report, Whitehall’s ‘Fracking’ Science Failure, calls into question the basis for the Government’s reliance on the 2013 Mackay-Stone report, which concluded that: “With the right safeguards in place, the net effect on UK GHG emissions from shale gas production in the UK will be relatively small”, by demonstrating that the data used in the calculations was suspect, and that the Government should reasonably have been expected to know this at the time.

The conclusions are based on the fact that the McKay-Stone report is in turn based on data from the now-discredited Allen et al (2013) report – Measurements of Methane Emissions at Natural Gas Productions Sites in the United States, which resulted in them using bottom-up data. Paul Mobbs stated that this “traditionally under-estimated emissions by two to four times” and using estimated figures “for gas production per well were at least twice what is seen in US gas wells – and had no clear independent source”.

Mr Mobbs concludes that:

“Using a figure for leakage which was perhaps a half of what it should have been, and using a figure for gas production which was twice what it should have been, the level of impacts which their analysis found is arguably a quarter of what it should be.”

If this the case, then the Government’s argument that using shale gas has a lower climate change impact than coal is not valid.

The report concludes that: “the Mackay-Stone report must be withdrawn, and a moratorium implemented on all ‘fracking’ operations, until we can state the impacts with certainty.”
A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire stated:

“The Government’s justification for its fracking policy is reliant on the argument that shale gas is significantly cleaner than coal. This new report raises significant concerns regarding the data, methodology and even the equipment used to support the Government’s shale gas policy, which is now, once again, enshrined in the Conservative manifesto. The Government must now, as a matter of urgency, either defend the evidence on which the Mackay-Stone report was based or investigate fully the conclusions of this new report and impose a moratorium on shale gas development until the issue of fugitive emissions is satisfactorily resolved.”

ENDS

 

Notes for the Editor 

  1. Whitehall’s ‘Fracking’ Science Failure
  2. For immediate release on behalf of Frack Free Lancashire.

 

The Bentley Effect film coming to the Fylde

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The Bentley Effect follows the story of an Australian social movement that grew in response to unconventional gas mining and it concludes with the final showdown between ‘protectors’ and the gas industry.

Two local screenings/workshops are planned:

  • Wednesday 24 May at 7.00 pm at the Island Cinema, St Annes. Please book here
  • Friday 26 May at 6.00 pm at Ribby Hall (Woodlands Suite), Wrea Green. Please book here

Tickets are free – donation on the door.

Contact: bentleyfylde@gmail.com

 

 

Anti Fracking Campaigns Unite in General Election Message: ‘Vote Frack Free’

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Frack Free United & Cross Party Frack Free

Anti Fracking Campaigns Unite in General Election Message: ‘Vote Frack Free’

Two prominent national campaign groups, Frack Free United and Cross Party Frack Free, have come together in a bid to put fracking on the Election agenda, encouraging tactical voting and highlighting individual candidate and party policies on fracking. With 60% of the UK offered for exploration in the last licence auction, leading to large parts of country threatened by the fracking, it is set to become an election issue across large parts of the country.

Both groups have been overwhelmed by reaction to their anti-fracking message since the announcement of the general election and have united to cross pollinate and pool resources to get their message out.

Frack-Free United has seen a huge rise in signups with supporters from across the country, joining the growing network of individuals and groups and has a high volume leafleting program at their disposal ready to spread the word about fracking.

Cross Party Frack Free will hold the register of politicians that have agreed to a UK wide ban on fracking. Until now the register has only been open to elected officials including MPs and Peers but now for the first time, candidates can also register to support a ban on fracking in the UK.

They are ready to utilise their networks too simultaneously to promote the cause, both online and on the doorstep and all supporting candidates are invited to ride this wave through the election period.

The online campaign launch has built a social reach of nearly one million people and orders for leaflets has topped 100,000 already, prior to the official launch on Tuesday night.

A spokesperson from Frack Free United said:

“This general election is a whole new ball game. This is now about national policy and we are focused on the bigger picture. Fracking has to be stopped by changing Government policy and we are urging people to find out more about the damage that fracking will do to their communities and before they cast their vote on June 8th – this is a brilliant opportunity to drive home our anti-fracking message and promote the alternative technologies needed to help meet the UKs legal obligations to stop climate change.

“We want voters to make an ‘informed choice’ on who is the best person to vote for in their constituency to stop fracking. We have to get the issue on the agenda now and we will try our best to make June 8th the turning point in the fight against fracking.

“Our interactive map has been updated to include parliamentary constituencies and fracking licences and will also provide the candidate names and contact details in each area, encouraging voters to ask them ‘what is your position on fracking?’ The Cross Party Frack Free Register will be accessible from both the Frack Free United and Cross Party Frack Free websites and across the networks on social media.

“We haven’t even launched our general election campaign yet and we have been already been inundated with supporters signing up from across the UK. We are providing guidance and info to spread our message, which includes supplying the ‘Your home is in a fracking area’ leaflet, giving them opportunity to raise awareness and inform candidates of fracking in their area.”

 Notes to the Editor

  1. For further information visit: www.frackfreeunited.org / www.crosspartyfrackfree.uk
  2. For more information call: Steve Mason (FFU) – 07793821242; Leigh Coghill (FFU) – 07982 236653; Stuart Lane (CPFF) – 07739 836619

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAFF’s outreach activities

RAFF believes in taking out the message and spreading the word. Last weekend we supplied Miranda and her group  in Lancaster with t-shirts, badges, etc. to sell and leaflets to give out. If you are thinking of setting up a group do get in touch. We have CDs and videos, fact sheets and photos you can use. WE can also assist in setting up a public meeting.

Join the movement, get the facts. If you can, come and chat to us at Solidarity Saturdays at Maple Farm, Preston New Road. We’d love to see you or get in touch at RAFFgroup@hotmail.co.uk

FOSSIL FUELED EARTHQUAKES NEAR NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS?

Nuclear and Fracking Campaigners across the UK have joined forces to oppose fossil fuel extraction within the vicinity of the UK’s key nuclear installations, Sellafield in Cumbria and Springfields in Lancashire.

Radiation Free Lakeland has sent a letter to the Health and Safety Executive urging a moratorium. The letter says: “Given the vast uncertainty regarding the classification of nuclear materials at both Sellafield and Springfields at the very least there should be a moratorium on fossil fuel extraction within the vicinity of nuclear installations. We call for a comprehensive inquiry, which includes the worst-case scenarios that could result from induced seismic activity near nuclear installations. The inquiry should be undertaken honestly and transparently and be fully independent of current government policy”.

Currently there is no limit on the proximity of fossil fuel extraction to nuclear installations despite the known risks of induced earthquakes.

 SELLAFIELD AND COAL

 “The prospect of reopening and extending the Whitehaven Coal Mine with licenses extending to within a few miles of the decrepit and highly dangerous Sellafield nuclear waste complex is ringing alarm bells in North Wales where we experienced a 5.4 Richter scale earthquake in 1984, the largest ever recorded in Britain. Deliberately creating seismic dangers by reopening this mine so close to the deadliest stockpile of nuclear waste at Sellafield is a deliberately wreckless act of environmental vandalism. PAWB supports Radiation Free Lakeland’s call for an immediate moratorium on fossil fuel extraction, either coal or fracking, within the vicinity of the nuclear installations at Heysham, Sellafield and Springfields because of the obvious seismic risks.”

Dylan Morgan on behalf of the anti-nuclear campaign group PAWB, Pobl Atal Wylfa B / People Against Wylfa B http://stop-wylfa.org/wp/

SPRINGFIELDS AND FRACKING

“It beggars belief that a fracking pad is being constructed five miles from the Springfields Nuclear Fabrication plant and their nearby nuclear waste dump at Clifton Marsh landfill. We have already witnessed the effects of induced seismicity in the area from one frack at Preese Hall six years ago. Cuadrilla is planning 40-60 wells on the super pad at Preston New Road and maybe up to 100 other pads throughout the Fylde. The area is heavily faulted making it more susceptible not only to seismicity but also to groundwater contamination from the Clifton Marsh nuclear dump. For Sajid Javid to overrule Lancashire County Council’s decision and allow these two forms of extreme energy to sit side-by-side is madness. The people of Lancashire are unprotected and the public health implications are enormous.

Pam Foster from RAFF (Residents Action on Fylde Fracking)

http://stopfyldefracking.org.uk/

Martyn Lowe from Close Capenhurst Campaign says that:

“The danger of something happening at Springfields with any of the Uranium Hexaflouride which is on the site is already very worrying. If there was even a very minor earth tremor as the result of fracking, then it might well increase the odds of something really nasty happening at the site. I very much doubt if Toshiba Westinghouse or the Office for Nuclear Regulation have factored in such a danger in to any of their emergency procedures about what would happen to the plant.”

http://close-capenhurst.org.uk/

 LIQUEFACTION AT SELLAFIELD AND SPRINGFIELDS?

Radiation Free Lakeland’s letter to the HSE points out that induced seismic activity from fossil fuel extraction would not have “stand alone” consequences in this part of the North West. For example The North West of England has been the only area in the UK ever to have suffered a liquefaction event following a rather minor earthquake near Barrow (now home to Trident) in 1865. The magnitude was probably in the range 2.5–3.5 ML.” pure and applied geophysics November 1998, Volume 152, Issue 4, pp 733–745

ENDS

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 RADIATION FREE LAKELAND’s FULL LETTER TO THE HSE

HSE head office

Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
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TRADE UNIONS SHOW SUPPORT FOR LANCS COMMUNITIES FIGHTING FRACKING

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Trade Union organisers from PCS (Public and Commercial Services), BFAWU (Bakers Union) and Unite joined the Bolton and Wigan ‘Diggers’ (1) at Preston New Road roadside fracking protest today (24 April) to show support for the communities fighting fracking in Lancashire. Over fifty people were at the site posing with banners supporting green energy and the campaign for one million climate jobs. (2)

On the same day the Bells Angels Cycle Club cycled along Preston New Road en masse to show the opposition to fracking from local cyclists. (3)

Stephen Hall from Greater Manchester Association of Trade Union Councils and a committee member for the Wigan Diggers said:

“We want to add our support to the fantastic work of Bolton Against Fracking, Frack Free Wigan, Leigh & Makerfield and the many other local and national campaign groups and individuals who are doing their utmost to resist and hopefully, ultimately stop the roll out of fracking in Britain and everywhere else. We are building solidarity with campaigners at Preston New Road.” (4)

Barbara Richardson from Frack Free Lancashire said:

“It is fantastic to have the support of trade unions and the Diggers movement in the North West in our campaign to keep Lancashire frack-free. The vast majority of trade unions are opposed to fracking and are calling for the creation of a million climate jobs, and with our fantastic renewable energy resources we believe Lancashire workers and businesses could be at the heart of this.”

Cuadrilla’s site in the Fylde has been hit by daily protests since work began in January, and residents have vowed to continue to protest at the site, with drilling expected in the next few months.

Notes

1. The Diggers movement was founded in the 17th century by Gerrard Winstanley, a Wigan born textile trader who believed the earth was a common treasury for all. The movement has been reborn in recent years, with an annual festival in Wigan to celebrate the Diggers movement and bring together social justice and environmental campaigns https://wigandiggersfestival.org/about/

2. One Million Climate Jobs is supported by PCS, TSSA, UCU and CWU Unions: http://www.climate-change-jobs.org/ The UK’s largest trade union, Unite, has an official position opposed to fracking, and members of the Lancashire branch spoke against fracking at the Preston New Road and Roseacre planning inquiries in 2016.

3. https://www.facebook.com/events/1863659697254783/

4. https://www.boltonrise.com/single-post/2017/04/22/Bolton-and-Wigan-Diggers-unite-to-fight-fracking

STATEMENT FROM FFL FINANCE SUB – GROUP

STATEMENT FROM FFL FINANCE SUB GROUP

Mr. Gayzer Frackman has demanded to know how much is held in the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund and questioned the integrity of those involved in its collection and distribution.

It would be improper to disclose financial details in the public domain for obvious reasons; not least of which is disclosing such information to the industry.  We can say though that the greater majority of the funds remaining in the Legal Fund after the Blackpool Public Inquiry have been “ring-fenced” for ongoing costs of the communities currently under threat of fracking at Preston New Road and Roseacre (including Mr. Jules Burton) in relation to Judicial Reviews. As they submit invoices they are paid out of the ring-fenced funds.  This method acts as a clear audit trail whilst giving those communities and individuals reassurance in financial terms so they could pursue their actions and it has worked well.

A representative from PNRAG has said “We have a representative on the finance sub-group which oversees funding efforts and distribution of funds. It is good to know that there are ring fenced funds available to assist us.”

Mr. Burton has said “Without the security of the ring-fenced funds I could not have even considered making a legal challenge and I thank those kind supporters who made it possible”.

The balance of their ring-fenced funds were going to roll forward for the Roseacre re-opened public Inquiry, however Mr Burton submitted an application for a permitted hearing at the Manchester Court on 21 April and therefore FFL will continue to support our member in his endeavours.

A representative from RAG has said: “We are pleased to see that Mr. Burton has not been deterred following his application for a Judicial Review being refused. We wish him every success with his hearing and hope that the sitting Judge will see that Justice Dove’s dismissal was incorrect and allow the JR to proceed.”

For the record and by his own admission, Mr. Gayzer Frackman has not supported Frack Free Lancashire since 2015 (nor were FFL ever consulted about his case); that was of his own choosing, therefore the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund could not properly make any donation to his fundraising.  He has alleged that the Legal Fund has supported our friends in Yorkshire but that is not true.  Nothing that has been collected for the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund has been, nor could it be, donated to any Yorkshire group because they are also not members of Frack Free Lancashire individually or collectively.  The truth is that Frack Free Greater Manchester collected in buckets themselves at the Manchester Rally in November 2016 and handed it to us on the day to be shared three ways, when counted, between PNR, Roseacre and Yorkshire.  The donations (notes and coins) were counted after the Rally and paid into the Legal Fund account and a cheque for one third was sent to Frack Free Ryedale.  Clearly notes and coins could not be sent by post.

We hope that this statement sets the record straight.  All those who kindly and so generously donated to the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund can be assured that their donations have been, and will always continue to be, handled with the utmost propriety for members and groups of Frack Free Lancashire.  We are now moving to a time when other Lancashire communities are under threat and it would be extremely sad for those communities if Mr. Frackman’s accusations in any way adversely affect future fundraising efforts under the well-known and respected Frack Free Lancashire banner.

Frack Free Lancashire

Finance Sub-Group

DON’T FRACK LANCS – international solidarity meeting 

When: Wednesday 31 May, 10am – 1pm
Where: Maple Farm,  Preston New Road PR4 3PE

Campaigners from across the Friends of the Earth Europe network will be visiting Maple Farm and the Preston New Road site on 31st May, to show support to the local residents and our campaign to stop fracking at Preston New Road.

This will include campaigners from Milieudefensie, who are part of the coalition that got a moratorium against fracking in the Netherlands and who continue to combat Cuadrilla in that country.

Join us for tea and cake at Maple Farm, and a photo opportunity for local media at the roadside. This is an opportunity for international campaigners to show solidarity, share experiences and learn more about Lancashire’s experience of grassroots campaigning at Europe’s fracking frontline.

Australian Anti-Fracking Film Makers on Tour in UK

PRESS RELEASE

Australian Anti-Fracking Film Makers on Tour in UK

The Anti-fracking Nanas of Lancashire are delighted to welcome to the UK and Fylde, the filmmakers from The Bentley Effect; a feature-length documentary that tells the story of how an Australian community took on the gas industry and won.

The film will be shown during May, in two venues on the Fylde Coast, which itself is under the direct threat of the unconventional gas industry. A question and answer session with the filmmakers and a workshop about peaceful opposition will follow the screening.

Brendan Shoebridge, Simon Clough and Ian Gaillard were all part of the community stand against the dirty coal seam gas industry in Australia, and the resulting documentary, filmed over five years, is a powerful testament to building united community opposition movements and hope for the future.

The venues that will be hosting the documentary screening are The Island Cinema at St Anne’s on 24th May at 19.00hrs and Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green on 26th May (screening and workshop 18.00hrs – 22.00hrs).

Reserved tickets are offered free of charge, with donations gratefully received on the evening of the screenings.

Andy Severyn, a local dad and teacher worked with local campaigner, Kate Styles, to bring the film to the Fylde. Andy said

“I was inspired by the trailer and contacted the director about getting the documentary to the UK. I am delighted that it will help to inspire and mobilise people to protect our environment and future generations against the fracking industry.”

Kate Styles of the Nanas said:

“We are delighted to welcome The Bentley Effect Tour, a timely message of “the power of community” to a community that feels powerless to stop the fracking juggernaut that is Cuadrilla, and their plans to turn Lancashire into the largest gas field in Europe.

“Simon, Brendan and Ian have experienced The Bentley Blockade, where unconventional resistance met and saw off unconventional gas. They also have first-hand knowledge of the very real damage wrought by fracking – on communities, on the environment and on health of people who find themselves living in a gas field against their will.  We hope that people will see this award-winning documentary and appreciate the very real dangers that fracking on the Fylde poses.”

 

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Notes to the Editor

 

  1. Simon Clough will be available for interviews whilst visiting the UK. Please contact KateStyles for further information on (07984) 296463 or bentleyfylde@gmail.com (phone number not for publication).

 

Claire Stephenson
Media Spokesperson
Preston New Road Action Group
hello@pnrgroup.org.uk
www.pnrgroup.org.uk

Frackopoly – book launch and discussion

Frackopoly

 

Wenonah Hauter and Andy Gheorghiu of ‘Food & Water Watch’  and ‘Food & Water Watch Europe’ are coming to Preston. Food and water watch are one of the primary anti fracking facilitators and campaign groups in North America and Europe.

In the evening of 6 June there will have an event at the Mystery Tea House in Preston 7-9pm where Wenonah will launch her new book Frackopoly. Wenonah will  describe the dangers inherent in fracking and why pursuing this harmful practice threatens public health, natural resources, and the climate. She will  describes a political system rigged in favor of laissez-faire economics, allowing a juggernaut of polluters and other greedy economic forces to dominate the media, educational institutions, and our government.

Andy and Frida will talk about the fracking situation in Europe and further afield. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

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