Drilling diary – Feb 2015

Key events on fracking and onshore oil and gas in February

  • Start of online course on shale gas and fracking
  • Film screeings
  • Public meetings
  • Infrastructure Bill next discussed in parliament
  • Guardian discussion
  • Global divestment in fossil fuels event

Sunday 1st February 2015

Frack Off Media Training Workshop with Frack Free Surrey. 1.30pm-7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Reigate RH2 0QT. Details

Monday 2nd February 2015

Start of Future Learn online course Shale Gas and Fracking: the Politics and Science. Week 1 covers geology and location of shale gas, how resources are estimated, how fracking works and the life-cycle of a gas well. Enrol here:

Wednesday 4th February 2015

Screening of the film The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas. Free but booking essential. 6.30pm-8pm, Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB Details

Public meeting on fracking, 6.30pm, Milton Rooms, Malton, North Yorkshire. Panel members include: John Dewar of Third Energy, independent chartered engineer Mike Hill; Professor Richard Davies of Newcastle University; and Chris Redston of Frack Free Ryedale. Admission by ticket only. Details

Thursday 5th February 2015

Online discussion for Week 1 of Future Learn course, 7pm-9pm. To enrol:

Saturday 7th February 2015

RIC (Radical Independence Campaign) Summit against unconventional gas extraction 9am-5pm, The Peace Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU Details

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February 2015

No Dash for Gas National Gathering in Manchester. First national get together for Reclaim the Power network since last summer in Blackpool. Details

Monday 9th February

Infrastructure Bill debated again in Houses of Parliament. This stage is called the Ping Pong – where legislation appears to rapidly bounce back and forth between the House of Commons and the Lords like a ping-pong ball in table tennis. Details

Tuesday 10th February

Guardian event: Behind the Headlines: Fracking – friend or foe? Chaired by head of environment at the Guardian, Damian Carrington. Speakers include Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Tony Bosworth of Friends of the Earth and representatives for business and policy. 7pm-8.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Manchester M2 5NS Details

‘Is Scotland ready for fracking?’ Scotsman conference, 9am-1.10pm, The Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. Speakers include Gary Haywood of Ineos, Ken Cronin of UKOOG, Rob Westaway of Glasgow University, Jennifer Roberts of Strathcylde University and Chris Masters of the Scottish Government’s scientific panel on unconventional oil and gas Details

Wednesday 11th Friday 2015

Meeting about fracking by Don’t Frack The Briggs, 6pm-7pm, Bishopbriggs Library, East Dunbartonshire Details

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th February 2015

Global divestment day. Events across the world to encourage disinvestment in fossil fuels. Details

Tuesday 17th February 2015

Frack Free Notts exhibition of posters, 5.30pm-9pm, Govindas, Thurland Street, Nottingham NG1 3DR Details

Thursday 19th February

Triple Divide film screening Feature-length documentary of fracking in theUSA, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Hamilton House events space, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY. Details and tickets

Friday 20th February

Sinn Fein anti-fracking conference, Fermanagh. Details

Saturday 7th March 2015

Time to Act Climate March. London event begins 12 noon, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PF Details

[Updated 2/2/15 to include date of Sinn Fein and Scotsman conferences]

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