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.”


Daily Updates on Preston New Road Rolling Roadside Protest

Tina Rothery (and occasionally Miranda Cox) writes a daily blog about events at the Preston New Road site. These are detailed posts about Cuadrilla’s activity, the actions of the protectors and police behaviour.

Tina is at the roadside almost every day and we are indebted to her commitment and dedication in writing her blog. You can access it here.



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Support Tina Rothery against Cuadrilla, Friday 9 December, Preston

Anti-fracking campaigner and Nana Tina Rothery  has to appear in court on Friday 9 December and is  under threat of 14 days in prison for contempt. Please come along and support her. Further details about the case including a plea by Tina’s solicitor to Cuadrilla to drop the case can be read in the post below.




Wear yellow, bring placards, be there!

Google Map location of court

Screening of Grounsdswell Rising, Ribby Hall, 5 November 2.00-5.00 pm

Mark Lichty (producer Groundswell Rising) is coming to give a Q&A at Ribby Hall, on the afternoon of 5 November at 2.00 – 5.oo pm. Folwing the screening of the film, there will be a  Q&A session.

Mark Lichty has 29 years experience in the oil and gas industries. He lives in Dimmock, Pennsylvania so has direct experience of fracking!

This is a free event; all welcome.

A Message from Emma Thomson

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

As you read this, I’m occupying a field in Lancashire earmarked for fracking.

Very soon, Cuadrilla could be drilling for dirty energy at my feet – but not if I’ve got anything to do with it! I’m here with my sister Sophie and we’re using whisks and wooden spoons (and a bit of humour!) to expose the dangers of fracking.

We desperately need your help to amplify the noise we’re making. Click to watch and share our unique anti-fracking protest live from Lancashire:


The people of Lancashire are our inspiration for this unusual, illegal protest. In 2014, twenty-or-so mums and grandmas – known as the Lancashire Nanas – set up a protest camp in the same field I’m stood in now. For three weeks they protested peacefully, giving out cakes and tea as they explained the dangers of fracking to people who passed by.

After the Lancashire Nana’s occupation, Cuadrilla got desperate – they took out a legal injunction to block more protestors from trespassing on their fracking site. But if Cuadrilla thinks their injunction will stop us making ourselves heard then they’re wrong.

That’s why today we’re back on the fracking site the Lancashire Nanas occupied. This time we’re using Bake Off – the UK’s best-loved TV show – to help get fracking onto the front pages of newspapers and onto politicians’ lips. You might have friends and family who don’t know much about the dangers of fracking, so please click the link to tune in to our Frack Free Bake Off and help get the message out:


In Lancashire public opposition to fracking is overwhelming, just as it is in so many other parts of the UK. But it looks like David Cameron’s government could still give the industry the go ahead here.

That’s not what I call democracy – and I know that there are so many who agree. That’s why more than 100,000 of us have told the government not to silence communities that vote against fracking. So today it would mean a lot to me if you can spare a minute to spread the word about how we’re pushing back. Click here to join in:


Thank you so much for everything you do!

Emma Thompson, together with Greenpeace UK

Actions for this week

Week 27 December-3 January. Please click here and get involved. (Actions to stop fracking: pp. 1-5; Actions to support renewables & divestment: p. 6).

Please note that other actions are listed on our What can You Do page.


Trafford Council approves planning app to drill for coal bed methane

Trafford Council has this evening (08/10/15) approved an iGas planning application to drill for Coal Bed Methane, seen as the `evil twin of fracking’, right next to the Trafford Centre. The application was given the go-ahead despite concerns which Friends of the Earth stated would be a “serious dereliction of duty to local residents“.

More details are available in the Salford Star.


Can you help collect signatures around the Fylde?

The Lancashire County Council planning meetings will soon be upon us but we still have time to obtain more signatures to add to the thousands we already have. Please can you help make this last push a major success.

It would be helpful if you could bring your own clipboard and 2 or 3 pens with you. Objection letters will be supplied. The dates and locations are:


Monday 18th May Poulton From 10am – We will either be around the Home Bargains area or the Market area at the other side of the arcade


Wednesday 20th May Great Eccleston From 10am


Thursday 21st May Garstang From 10am


Thursday 21st May KIrkham From 11am Meeting at the Fishstones, Market Square


Saturday 23rd May St Johns Square Blackpool From 11am


Sunday 31st May Preston Guild Hall from 10-4   Stall  at Preston Wellness Event

Further information kelky@tkelk.freeserve.co.uk 


Vote for your local school to get solar panels

Schools across the country have been submitting their creative ideas to win solar panels. Friend’s of the Earth Run on the Sun competition is part of a campaign to make it easy for schools to run on solar power – and save bags of cash to spend on pupils.. You can see their inspiring contributions and vote for your favourite entry here.

Local Fylde school, Ansdell Primary, is one of the contenders – let’s keep it local by voting for them!

Urgent action needed to support amendments in Infrastructure Bill

The Infrastructure Bill poses a huge threat to our publicly owned green spaces from flogging off & development, to our homes & landscape from fracking & radioactive waste, to our wildlife from extermination and to our fundamental democratic right to have a say in how development occurs in our communities.

Only by us all raising our voices in whatever way we can will we curb or stop the Infrastructure Bill from being law!

The Infrastructure Bill was debated by the House of Commons on December 8 and moved to Committee stage on December 16 where MPs have begun to examine it line-by-line. MPs are meeting on January 6 to discuss the Bill and this stage will be completed by January.

Owen Adams of HOOF (hands Off Our Forest) has compiled an excellent and up to date Google Doc on what the Bill covers, its implications, important dates to look out for, template letters to write to your MP, media coverage, voting records, etc . You can view the Document here.

Please email your MP and ask them to insist Cameron stops his cover-up and releases an uncensored version of the fracking report by DEFRA. The only public one has …over 60 redacted sections, some relating to house prices and local impacts. How can any MP vote in favour of removing property owners rights to stop fracking without having seen the report? A lot of MPs, especially Lib Dems and Labour, might willingly press him on this, especially on behalf of anxious constituents – who a) want to know what’s going on and b) don’t want to loose their property rights. MPs must also want to remain credible. The Gvmt have talked about transparency. Transparency? If MPs are not shown the whole report, the only responsible thing they can do is vote with Baker/Lucas amendments – to delete all sections removing current land owner rights to stop it. The PM was urged to release the report mid Dec by Tory MP Ann McIntosh. He said he’d “look into it”. He must let MPs see it before they vote. That means releasing it this coming week. Please write now!