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Fracking timeline – November 2013

30/11/13
Residents from Sussex, Falkirk, Belfast, Fylde, Ribble Estuary and the Vale of Glamorgan deliver a letter to David Cameron calling for a ban on shale gas and coal bed methane exploitation.

27/11/13
Cuadrilla’s chairman, Lord John Browne, says in a lecture at the London School of Economics his company will not frack at Balcombe and that fracking for shale gas will not reduce energy prices.

Campaigners block the road to the Igas drilling site at Barton Moss

25/11/12
The first trial of a Balcombe anti-fracking campaigner collapsed after hearing from the first witness. The prosecution in the case, at Brighton Magistrates Court, withdrew the charges after a district judge questioned whether an offence had taken place.

Water UK and the UK Onshore Operators Group (the onshore oil and gas industry’s representative body) agree to work together on shale gas exploration and extraction by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

19/11/13
West Sussex County Council uses bailiffs evict Balcombe anti-fracking protest camp

18/11/13
Opponents of fracking meet Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council to discuss court order to remove people camping on verges at Cuadrilla’s site at Balcombe.

17/11/13
Campaigners against fracking, some from the Balcombe Protection Camp, pitch tents the lawn outside the headquarters of West Sussex County Council.

12/11/13
The head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance tells the Green Alliance Annual Debate regulation will not prevent fracking accidents.

One of Cuadrilla’s major shareholders, A J Lucas, tells shareholders it expects planning permission to be approved around February 2014 for flow testing the Balcombe well.

Talks at West Sussex County Council on how to take possession of the verges alongside the Cuadrilla site at Balcombe

11/11/13
Friends of the Earth Netherlands publishes a review of Cuadrilla’s corporate social responsibility performance throughout the world.

Mrs Justice Lang in the High Court grants the application for a possession order by West Sussex County Council for possession order for verges alongside the Cuadrilla site at Balcombe.

8/11/13
Coastal Oil and Gas withdraws three planning applications in east Kent.

Energy Minister, Michael Fallon, said unpublished report from Water UK would show that fracking was safe, and tells southern England to get ready for fracking.

6/11/13
The research director at UK Energy Research Centre says David Cameron is wrong to raise hopes that fracking could lead to cheaper energy bills.

Cuadrilla takes out a new lease on its site at Balcombe.

American Chris Faulkner, who describes himself as Frack Master, talks to MPs and media and visits the Balcombe drilling site

5/11/13
No Fracking in Balcombe Society joins other anti-fracking groups to take a letter to David Cameron arguing that fracking can’t be regulated.

Anti-fracking campaigners join the Million Mask March through London.

Fracking companies, including Cuadrilla, tell the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee they need a “social licence” to drill and cannot go ahead without the “acquiescence” of local communities.

1/11/13
Brent Council looking to declare itself a Frack-Free Zone.

Four parish councils in east Kent vote against planning permissions for Coastal Oil and Gas.

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