Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

Lancashire Fracking Challenge Court Dates

PRESS RELEASE from Preston New Road Action Group

23rd June 2017

The Court of Appeal has granted Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) permission to appeal the planning court’s earlier judgment to allow fracking in rural Lancashire. In April, the planning court dismissed PNRAG’s challenge against the Secretary of State’s decision to overturn Lancashire County Council’s rejection of an application by Cuadrilla to drill for and extract shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking).

The group’s legal team announced today, that their appeal will be heard in London on the 30th and 31st of August.

A spokesperson for Preston New Road Action Group said:

“We hope and pray that justice will be delivered and that Sajid Javid’s decision will be found unlawful and quashed.

“Our community, Westby Parish Council, Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council all refused this dangerous application, and for many good reasons.

“Local democracy was dismantled and overturned by central government, who seemingly wish to micro-manage decisions that are not theirs to make. We believe that this was unlawful and that Cuadrilla’s site development should be stopped.

“This case is no longer simply about fracking: it is about true justice and genuine democracy being delivered at local level.

“For this reason, we will continue with our strategy to challenge this decision on every level. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has supported us, in so many ways, to reach this point.”
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Two out of three Lancashire residents oppose Conservative manifesto proposal to allow non-fracking drilling without planning permission

• Large parts of Lancashire are licensed for onshore oil and gas extraction

• Cuadrilla have already been delayed with plans for fracking due to significant local opposition

A YouGov survey [1] of Lancashire residents for Friends of the Earth released today reveals that 66% of respondents are opposed to the Conservative manifesto proposal to allow non-fracking drilling without planning permission, with almost half (46%) strongly opposed.

The Conservative manifesto contained controversial proposals on fracking. It laid out an ambition to let fracking firms with exploration licences carry out drilling for shale gas without any need for planning permission. This would mean that companies could drill and sample a well, often the first step towards full-scale fracking, without planning permission.

Friends of the Earth is calling on the government to:

•     drop controversial deregulatory fracking and non-fracking drilling proposals – proposals that will face strong parliamentary resistance;
•     implement an immediate ban on all fracking; and
•     invest in renewable energy to put us on par with countries like Germany

Lancashire resident, and Friends of the Earth North West campaigner Helen Rimmer, said:

“This polling shows what Lancashire residents already knew, that this industry is unwanted not just here but anywhere in the country where fracking is proposed.

“We suspect that these damaging ideas may be quietly dropped in the face of significant opposition to fracking.

“These are desperate and undemocratic policies, in response to the fact the proponents of fracking have lost the public argument. The government should follow the lead of the growing number of places around the world, including Wales and Scotland, which have halted or banned fracking due to the risks posed to people and the environment.”

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Notes to editors:

1. Polling results here.
2. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,148 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 26th May – 6th June 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of adults in Lancashire (aged 18+).

If you’re a journalist looking for press information please contact the Friends of the Earth media team on 020 7566 1649.

 

Published by Friends of the Earth Trust

Public meeting, Lowther Pavilion, 27 June

Independent Fylde oil and gas engineer Mike Hill has organised a public meeting to be held in Lytham on 27 June.

This will be the first public meeting on fracking since the 2015 General Election! So much has happened! There has been so much conflicting information. Come and hear the latest news and information on fracking in the Fylde. How will the wells be drilled and fracked? What protection do U.K. regulations offer in 2017? Who is monitoring our air and water? What are the consequences for us who live here? This meeting is intended mainl y for those new to the topic and those who were previously not concerned. Many have only begun to engage with the issue since Cuadrilla started work at Preston New Road. Please come, bring your questions, find out what’s going on and what is likely to happen next.

Please note this is not a pro or anti fracking event. It’s about information and facts. It’s about answering your questions and giving people the initial impetus to do their own research and come to their own conclusions.

Venue: Lowther Pavilion Theatre, West Beach, Lytham St.Annes, FY8 5QQ

Date: Tuesday 27th June, 2017

When: doors open 7pm. Start 7.30pm

Bar throughout with tea/coffee served in interval

Funds

We need to raise funds to pay for leaflets, advertising and the venue itself so that the residents of the Fylde get the opportunity to understand more about the implications of fracking for them, their families and the area. To help support this event please click here. Many thanks!

Leaflets and posters are available to download – please click here.

July is Rolling Resistance month – time to get involved!

A message from Reclaim The Power:

I’m sure many of you will have been involved in the long-standing battle against fracking in Lancashire, and the incredible resistance that’s held this frontline against fracking for over 5 years. Thank you for everything you’ve done.

We know fracking company Cuadrilla are making huge losses year-on-year as their ‘flagship’ project meets powerful opposition, and Theresa May’s pro-fracking manifesto stands on shaky ground after losing a parliamentary majority. With major delays to work, but the drilling rig supposedly arriving any day now, all eyes are on Blackpool and whether the fracking industry can get away with it. Let’s show them they can’t.

This July, Reclaim the Power are joining forces with Lancashire anti-fracking groups to organise the ‘Rolling Resistance’ – a month of concerted action to take on the fracking industry at Preston New Road, Lancashire, to stop the UK’s first commercial fracking site and send a clear message to the fracking industry and it’s backers that fracking will not be tolerated – not here, not anywhere.

Come along to the ‘Rolling Resistance’ launch event on Saturday 1st July to find out more and get involved.

The ‘Rolling Resistance’ month of action runs for the whole of July. There will be daily actions, as well as workshops, trainings and speaker events at the new ‘Community Hub’ space. Every Friday there will be ‘mass, family-friendly demos’ at the Preston New Road site to boost numbers (when there are over 100 people present they have to shut down the site).

Whatever your skills, background or experience with fracking campaigning so far, everyone is welcome to take part – from chopping veg to sending tweets to joining actions – this resistance movement needs you. Do come along whenever you can!

Join us at the launch event on Saturday 1st July, 12.00- 16.00 at the Maple Farm Polytunnels on Preston New Road to find out more.

The launch event will be family-friendly affair, with BBQ, games, music and speakers from the local area. It’ll be the launch of the Rolling Resistance, the new Community Hub and an anti-fracking exhibition, as well as a chance to celebrate the power of the local community.

Please invite your friends, family and neighbours, and share widely – and come and show your support and get involved.

While most other countries in Europe have banned fracking, the government in Westminster is pushing ahead against the wishes of local people. This is a critical moment to stand in solidarity to stop fracking in the UK – not in Lancashire, not anywhere.

Rolling Resistance Cycle Ride – Manchester to Preston New Road

Roll on to the Rolling Resistance this July as anti-fracking activists converge on Preston New Road to stop the fracking industry in its tracks.

Beginning in central Manchester, this one day bike ride will wind its way through local sites of fossil fuel resistance including Barton Moss, Wigan, Leigh and Bolton before linking up with an evening ride from Preston.

By evening, we’ll arrive at the Camp of New Hope – and join the frontline resistance against fracking at Preston New Road on Friday 21 July. Here we’ll join the Food Growers network for an roadside banquet outside the gates of Cuadrllia’s frack pad near Blackpool.

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Breaking News: Preston New Road Action Group granted permission to appeal

From the Preston New Road Action Group website:

We are delighted that the court has agreed that there is validity in our arguments and they have therefore upheld a right of appeal against the decision to allow fracking at the Preston New Road site.

We have put forward credible evidence through our legal team indicating why we believe that decision is unlawful and should be overturned.

It is important to remember that local democracy has been dismantled and denied in Lancashire to allow Cuadrilla and this fossil fuel industry to press ahead.

Lancashire said NO loudly and clearly yet locals are being forced to accept the unacceptable from this external corporate industry.

It is for that reason, we will continue through this appeal and due process to resist, and seek true justice in line with the planning decisions made through Lancashire County Council to reject Cuadrilla’s planning application to frack at Preston New Road.

We hope that this appeal will finally recognise the will and voice of local democracy, and ensure that this application is revoked and the work at Preston New Road terminated.

We await further information on times and dates for our case to be heard at the Court of Appeal and are grateful for the support we receive continually.

UK Labour says: “If elected on June 8th we will put a stop to these damaging plans across Lancashire”

A press release on behalf of UK Labour. If elected on 8 June Labour says it will stop pans to frack Lancashire.

Labour has responded to the news that fracking company, Cuadrilla, have installed a conductor rig at its shale gas site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.

Building a clean economy of the future is the most important thing we must do for our children, our grandchildren and future generations. A Labour government will ban fracking in Lancashire and put us back on track to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and the Paris Agreement.

Barry Gardiner, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, said: “This is an extremely worrying development as fracking is not the right answer to our energy problems because it would lock us into an energy infrastructure based on fossil fuels and will cause more unnecessary damage to our environment.

“If elected on June 8th we will put a stop to these damaging plans across Lancashire.

“Labour will ban fracking and invest in renewable energy instead.”

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Fylde, Jed Sullivan, said:
“I am proud that the Labour Party is committed to banning fracking in Fylde.

“Labour are the only party that can make this happen: I urge you to use your vote for Labour in Fylde so that together we can stop this filthy business.

Reclaim the Power to join PNR Rolling Resistance in July

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July. Lancashire. Be there.

Since Cuadrilla began building a fracking pad at Preston New Road near Blackpool in January 2017, people have been at the roadside every day, putting their bodies on the line to stop this toxic industry. The resistance is working – supply chain companies are pulling out and the building schedule has been delayed by months.

This summer, as Cuadrilla gets nearer to trying to drill, Reclaim the Power is joining the frontline struggle in Lancashire to support and reinforce the amazing local resistance, and we invite you to join.

For the month of July, RTP will be providing training, resources, and support to take creative action against Cuadrilla and the fracking supply chain. It will help continue to halt their work in its tracks and fight for a clean, safe, affordable energy system for everyone across the UK.

Whether you’re part of an action group already, or you’re new to taking action and want to test things out, there’s roles for everyone, and support to take part. Whether you can come for 2 days or 2 weeks, whether you can chop veg, brew tea or take action – this resistance movement needs you, and RTP will be lending its support to local activity however it can.  More details on the Rolling Resistance in July are here.

In the meantime, if you can get to Preston New Road sooner, then there’s logistical details here of the daily protests happening already.  A full schedule of events for July and a secure sign up form will be made available shortly. For now, sign up below to stay in the loop.

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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.”

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Notes for the Editor 

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

 

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