Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

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Fylde Borough Council Fracking Debate 28 July at 7.00pm

A full Fylde Council meeting on Monday 28th July will consider several items concerning fracking, the main one being a call for a moratorium until such time that all regulatory, health and community impacts are resolved.
This call comes from Councillor  Elizabeth Oades of Kirkham

Hopefully the debate will end in a recorded vote where each Councillor has to say ‘for’ or ‘against’ or ‘abstain’, enabling Fylde residents to see which way their elected representatives have voted. It will also be interesting to see who, if any, submit any Declarations of Interest – local rumours suggest that some Councillors may have received payouts from Cuadrilla.

The meeting is at the United Reform Church, St Georges Rd, St Annes. FY8 2AE

 

Anti-fracking action camp coming to the Blackpool area

Reclaim the Power action camp which stopped Cuadrilla drilling for six days in Balcombe last year is heading for the Blackpool area.

The camp will take place from the 14th August – 20th August.  Around 1000 people are expected to attend.  Last year Caroline Lucas was arrested along with a number of other protestors and activists, all of whom were acquitted.   The protest last year prompted a Cuadrilla executive to say that they were being ‘smashed.’

This year the Reclaim the Power camp will include a demonstration in the local area on Sunday 17th and a day of direct action on Monday 18th as well as a series of workshops on direct action hosted by an unprecedented coalition of climate and social justice groups and unions.  The camp aims to support a local community where 18 anti-fracking groups are opposing shale gas extraction in the area and over 15,000 objections have been lodged with the local council.

‘We’re excited to support the local community at risk of fracking.  Cuadrilla and the fracking industry think that they can bulldoze local community rights but it is clear that they have no social license to operate.  This is the front line of the fight against extreme energy – it started here, let’s end it here.‘  Sam Leyton from Reclaim the Power

‘For three years we have grown our movement, shared the facts about fracking at public meetings, opposed planning applications, lobbied our MPs and done everything to ensure our voices are heard.  They still aren’t listening though.  We need all the help we can get.  That Reclaim the Power are coming to stand by us as they did the residents of Balcombe is fantastic news and we look forward to offering a Lancashire welcome.’  Tina Louise from Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) 

We need to tell Fylde Borough Council that we object to Cuadrilla’s planning applications

It has now emerged that Fylde Borough Council (FBC) are inviting comments, via their website, on Cuadrilla’s planning applications. While applications are decided by Lancashire County Council, FBC is a statutory consultant, which means their opinion matters. We urgently need to concentrate their minds and force them to recognise the strength of feeling against Cuadrilla’s plans to frack Preston New Road and Roseacre. As far as we know FBC have not yet formulated their response, but their public comments are still open.

You may have already objected to the County, directly via RAFF’s or FoE’s web pages, but it’s really important that you also now go on FBC’s website and register as an objector. If we don’t do this FBC can claim they have had few or no objections, and use this to justify an OK when they tell Lancashire CC their opinion.

There are four applications, but the most important are the actual drilling and fracking permissions. You can access the ability to object here. You will need to register before commenting but it’s easy and free.

It doesn’t matter what detail or how much you provide about your objection, neither does it matter where you live. Please do this now. These two applications will act as a nationwide precedent for drilling, testing and production of shale gas.

There are two more applications (for seismic monitoring arrays) – these are also important to raise issues with, especially as this brings into play the fact that there are many landowners – including maybe councillors – who have land ownership and may be drawing money from Cuadrilla, possibly distorting FBC’s view. You can access them here.

URGENT info for those attending St Annes Carnival

After being invited to take part in the St Annes Carnival by the Carnival Committee – we were asked to help with the charity collection and have a stand in Ashton Gardens – the  Committee now informs us that we will not be allowed to partake at all. The reason given is that the carnival has refused to take any sponsorship money from Cuadrilla and so they must be seen to be balanced by also not allowing us to be involved.

Is this fair? RAFF represents local residents and was going to walk in the procession carrying buckets and collect for this year’s charity, whilst wearing our Frack Free Lancashire T-shirts. Cuadrilla is a company that is out to make a profit by exploiting rural Fylde. The message from the carnival Committee is that we mustn’t upset Cuadrilla – as for locals . . .

So we now have a new meeting place. Please still come along at  9.30 am outside Tesco in the Square near the Bakes and Cakes outside cafe. Please share the details with people you know who are coming. See you there!

Thousands have already signed planning objection letters – Have you?

Since launching Frack Free Lancashire in June, thousands of people have signed letters objecting to Cuadrilla’s planning applications to frack four wells at both the Little Plumpton, Preston New Road, and Roseacre sites.Lancashire County Council has extended the consultation period for the applications by a further nine weeks on top of the three weeks already commenced. This will give a total consultation period of 12 weeks. The consultation for the Preston New Road site will now run until Friday 5 September and the Roseacre Wood consultation until Friday 19 September.

This means that if you haven’t already done so, then there’s still time to tell Lancashire County Council that you object to these applications. We have created two pro-forma letters to help you which you can download here (Preston New Road, Little Plumpton) and here (Roseacre Wood). By all means copy and paste the suggestions directly from this objection letter or, better still, create your own comments as these may carry more weight if you adapt them slightly to reflect your personal points.

There are a number of ways to object:

Post:  Print out our pro-forma letters and send them, by post, to: Environment Directorate, Lancashire County Council, Transport and Environment, Development Management Group, County Hall, PO Box 100, Preston, PR1 0LD

Email: compose your own comments or copy and paste those from RAFF’s letters and email them to devcon@lancashire.gov.uk

Phone: you can talk to someone and list your objections by phone 01772 531929

Online – add your comments using the online form – follow the easy steps below.

  •  Step 1: Click here  to open the consultation page, then find the ‘Comment on this application’ link near the end of the page
  • Step 2: Fill in your name, address and email, then click ‘next’.
  • Step 3: You can now lodge your objection to Cuadrilla’s plans. Please remember to include:
    - Application number: LCC/2014/0096
    - Location of development: Can be left blank
    - Your comments: State why you’re opposed to these plans – either create your own or copy and paste those from RAFF’s letters
  • Step 4: Click ‘submit’ and you’re done.

IMPORTANT: You must always include your name, signature, full address, post code and date in all correspondence to Lancashire County Council, otherwise your letter may not be valid.

What are other people sayingIf you want help with composing your objections, just take a look at the objections submitted by residents during Cuadrilla’s public consultation on the plans for Preston New Road. You can read them here 

Greenpeace also have some suggestions to help you with your objections.  

Why not print out a number of RAFF’s objection letters and get your friends, family , work colleagues, etc to sign them. You can either post them directly to LCC or give them to a member of  one of the local Lancashire groups who are currently collecting the letters.

We will shortly be creating a further list of objections for the Roseacre site.

 

Our popular brochure is now available to download

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We have had a lot of requests for the files associated with our popular four-page brochure. We are happy to provide these in a PDF format and request that if you use them that they are used in the original format and not altered in any way.

You may download the brochure here.

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Lancashire residents win extra time to respond to fracking plans

Resident groups opposing fracking plans in Lancashire and Friends of the Earth have welcomed an extension to the time allowed to respond to two major consultations on Cuadrilla’s proposed fracking sites in the Fylde.

 The Environment Agency has given a further four weeks for responses to be submitted regarding environmental permit applications, while Lancashire County Council has given local people a further nine weeks to respond to Cuadrilla’s plans to drill and frack at the Little Plumpton and Roseacre sites.

 The extensions were announced following calls from local residents in the Fylde and action by Friends of the Earth acting on behalf of a local campaigner, Bob Dennett.

 Responding to news of the extensions, Bob Dennett said: “It’s completely unreasonable to expect local residents to read and respond to thousands of pages of detail on the proposed fracking operations in just three weeks. We’re relieved both the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council have seen sense and granted extensions.”   

Helen Rimmer, North West campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said: “Communities in Lancashire are guinea pigs for Cameron and the industry’s grand fracking plans. The proposals for multiple well frack sites have attracted much opposition from across the county and beyond, and regulators are under intense public scrutiny. We don’t need risky fracking when the real solutions to energy security are energy efficiency and developing the UK’s vast renewable potential.”

This means that the consultation period for the applications have been extended for a further nine weeks on top of the three weeks already commenced. This will give a total consultation period of 12 weeks. The consultation for the Preston New Road site will now run until Friday 5 September and the Roseacre Wood consultation until Friday 19 September.

Unite reaffirms policy to oppose fracking

From the Manchester TUC Facebook Page:

Unite the Union, Britain's largest with over 1.5 million members, has today re-affirmed its policy to: actively oppose fracking, to use its influence to prevent fracking operations, and to advise its members not to work on fracking sites, or deliver materials to such operations.</p>
<p>It also agreed to: encourage the Labour Party and Labour Councils to take actions formally opposing fracking, to support local anti-fracking groups, including help with funding, and to encourage members at all levels of the union to link up with local campaigners.

Unite the Union, Britain’s largest with over 1.5 million members, has today re-affirmed its policy to: actively oppose fracking, to use its influence to prevent fracking operations, and to advise its members not to work on fracking sites, or deliver materials to such operations.

It also agreed to: encourage the Labour Party and Labour Councils to take actions formally opposing fracking, to support local anti-fracking groups, including help with funding, and to encourage members at all levels of the union to link up with local campaigners.

 

Fylde Rugby Club agrees sponsorship deal with Cuadrilla

Cuadrilla has announced that it is to sponsor Fylde Rugby Club to the tune of £19,000. The  company’s logo will be carried on the front of  the Fylde players’  shirts for the new 2014-15 which starts in September.

The news is disappointing but not surprising. The club has accepted advertising from the drilling company for a couple of seasons now and although Bill Beaumont, a former player and long-term supporter, doesn’t hold any office at the club, he is known to be associated with the pro-shale NW Energy Task Force which met recently in Blackpool.

The news is disappointing because the Club prides itself on being a family club. To accept sponsorship from a company that is involved in an industry known for its adverse effects on our health and environment could be a PR disaster. The Cuadrilla logo will be emblazoned across players’ shirts which will be seen at matches up and down the country. To offer incentives to a club that is struggling financially is a cynical move by Cuadrilla who are increasingly trying to ‘bribe’ their way into favour.

A RAFF spokesperson said: “It is to be hoped that the club’s decision makers did their research before signing up to this. Have they read the recent items in the British Medical Journal and The Lancet, which list the possible harms of fracking on our health? Have they looked into the disruption and long-term environmental impacts the people of Lancashire and, in particular, the Fylde are facing? And what about the players themselves? Many are family men; are they happy advertising an industry that is associated with adverse health effects on babies and children? Fylde Rugby Club may come to rue the day they got involved with Cuadrilla, as people vote with their feet and turn their backs on the club. ”

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