Please come along and lobby the Labour Party on Saturday 1 November, in Blackpool

This weekend (1-2 November 2014) the Labour Party is holding its North West conference at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool, providing us with an opportunity to raise concerns with delegates about fracking. The Labour Party is largely pro-fracking but some Labour MPs are against it and this event provides us with an opportunity not only to show our support for them but to also raise awareness of the impact of fracking in the north west, why Labour should be anti-fracking and the implications of Labour’s position on the trespass law. It is worth reading the following article which sets out Labour’s position on shale gas.

The doors open at 9.30 am, with up to 1,000 delegates expected.  Please do come along on Saturday 1 November and join groups from Frack Free Lancashire as well as Friends of the Earth. We aim to be outside the hotel at 9.00 am to catch the delegates as they arrive. Hope to see you there.

Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2HB.


Fracking in Lancashire? Your Say…meeting in Preston 4 November

In a matter of weeks Lancashire County Council will be deciding whether to allow Cuadrilla to frack in Lancashire again.

Join Friends of the Earth in Preston to hear views from across the county on whether Lancashire should be fracked.

Speakers will include:

  • Fran Sullivan, UNITE the Union
  • Helen Rimmer, Friends of the Earth
  • Mike Hill, Oil and Gas Engineer, B.Sc C.Eng. MIET
  • Anne Chapman, Morecambe Bay Community Renewables
  • Stephen Garsed, local Anglican and Catholic Dioceses Environment Groups
  • Ebony Johnson, Frack Free Lancashire
  • Cuadrilla were invited but declined to attend

The event will take place on 4 November 2014 at St johns Minster, Preston PR1 3BU. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start

North West shale gas seminar – ‘An Operators Perspective’ – to be held at UCLAN 11 November

Shale Gas: An Operators Perspective is the title of a seminar organised by the trade body UKOOG (UK Onshore Operators Group), in conjunction with RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors). The presentation on Shale Gas will be given by UKOOG’s Chief Executive Ken Cronin.  The seminar will take place at UCLAN, Preston on 11 November 2014.

One of our colleagues has found a recent presentation by Cronin and posted on Facebook: ‘ Page 3 is very interesting…lies I haven’t actually come across before – about ‘fracking’ being carried out at Beckingham Marshes for 50 years! His source quoted being the Daily Mail!” The newspaper says, “50-year-old fracking site that makes a mockery of the Balcombe zealots: It’s next to a nature reserve – and has fracked enough gas and oil to power 21,000 homes every day… with no complaints from locals.’ 

Mmmm – this statement makes rather a mockery of the DECC’s letter to RAFF confirming the HVHF has been carried out once in the UK and that was at Preese Hall in the Fylde.

Ken Cronin’s recent presentation UK Operators Perspective‘ can be downloaded here. This presentation is dated June 2014, so it’s likely he will be using the same one in Preston. We need to ensure that there are enough of us in the audience to highlight the inaccuracies, exaggerations and downright lies that will be peddled to the audience.

The RICS says that: ‘At the end of the session Kevin will cover some of the key areas that come up in discussion with local people like insurance, house prices, community engagement and benefits etc. We’re sure that lots of Fylde residents will have plenty of feedback for Kevin!

The event is open to anyone and costs £4.17 for admission. Tickets are available from RICS.

Frack Free Lancashire events


Over the next few weeks RAFF, together with all the other Lancashire-based groups, will be out and about in various locations collecting signatures for our letters objecting to Cuadrilla’s planning applications for Little Plumpton (Preston New Road) and Roseacre. Please do think about helping us. Are you willing to go on your local high street and ask people to sign letters? Maybe you could display a Frack Free Lancashire poster in your window, or in a shop, etc. We can supply you with letters, posters, etc. You can contact us at Thousands of people have already signed but we need more to do so and we only have until the end of August/beginning of September before the consultation period closes.

If you would like RAFF to host a public information meeting in your community, please get in touch