Drilling diary -Feb/March 2015

Key events on fracking and onshore oil and gas in February and March

  • Conferences
  • Public meetings and debates
  • Second reading of fracking private members bill
  • Planning meeting on Cuadrilla’s Grange Road site in Lancashire
  • Deadlines on planning and permit applications and appeal statements
  • Training days
  • Climate March

Saturday 21st February 2015

Friends of the Earth regional gathering, The Printworks, 139 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0HP, 10.30am-5pm Booking and details

Frack Free coffee morning, Kirby Misperton Village Hall, 10am-12 noon Details

Monday 23rd February 2015

Shale gas in a low carbon Europe: the role of research, European Commission, Brussels 9am-1.30pm Details

Working group meeting of Chester West and Chester Council on unconventional gas and oil extraction. 6pm-8.30pm, Room G1, HQ Building, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP. Speakers include Dr David  McCoy, Medact; Andrew Needham, CPRE; Ken Cronin, UKOOG; Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith, community group. Details  Link to webcast

Tuesday 24th February 2015

UK Shale Gas, the Engineers’ Summit 2015, etcvenues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A, 9am-4.30pm, Details

The UK’s Constituency Shale Map – a pre-General Election debate. Meeting on All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, 5pm-6pm, invitation only

Non-domestic Rating (Shale oil and gas and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015 considered by Lords Grand Committee Details

Wednesday 25th February 2015

Lancashire County Council development control committee meetingdecides application by Cuadrilla Resources to retain Grange Road shale gas exploration site, Singleton for a further three years to allow pressure testing and seismic monitoring of Bowland Shale reservoir. The application is recommended for approval Details

House of Lords considers Infrastructure Planning (Radioactive Waste Geological Disposal Facilities) Order 2015. Grand Committee, 3.45pm. Details of debate. Details of the orders

Frack Free Lincs screening of The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas, Village Hall, High Street, Sturton by Stow, Lincoln, LN1 2AE, 7pm-9.15pm, Free entry Details

Thursday 26th February 2015

Public meeting organised by Halt Unconventional Gas Extraction in Cumbernauld. Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld, 7pm-9pm on. Details

Frack Free Lincs screening of The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas, Grafton House, Labour Club, Lucy Tower Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 Labour Party members only, 7.30pm-9.30pm Details

Friday 27th February 2015

Second Reading Fracking (Measurement and Regulation of Impacts) (Air, Water and Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Bill 2014-15. This is a private members’ bill, presented by Geraint Davies (Labour, Swansea West) to require the Secretary of State to measure and regulate the impact of unconventional gas extraction on air and water quality and on greenhouse gas emissions. Details

Time to act on climate change meeting, speakers include Caroline Lucas MP, Suzanne Jeffery (Campaign against Climate Change), Charles Metcalfe (Frack Free Sussex), 7.30pm-9pm, Brighthelm Community Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD Details

Saturday 28th February 2015

Inverness Fracking Debate, Room 6 and 7, Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness IV1 1LS, 1.15pm-4pm. Details and booking

Meeting in Mid-Sussex of county branch of CPRE, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN, 10am-1,30pm. Details

Training workshop for anti-fracking groups, Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal CT14 6BB 10am-3.30pm Details and to confirm attendance

Monday 2nd March 2015

Best to divest? Responsible investment in a changing climate Seminar to help institutional investors weight up the case for disinvestment from fossil fuels. 11am-15.30pm, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD Details

Tuesday 3rd March

What the Frack? Information day by Fleetwood Folk Say No Fracking (FFS No Fracking) and The Lancashire Nanas invite you to an information day followed by a public talk in the evening. 11am -9.30pm, The Steamer, 1-2 Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, FY7 6BT Details

Frack Free Walkden information and social evening, Walkden British Legion, Wilfred Road, Walkden, M28 3AJ, 7.30pm Details

Wednesday 4th March 2015

Shale UK conference, organised on behalf of The Geological Society. Details

Is Fracking Safe? Talk by Ian Crane, Village Hall, Benningholme Lane, Skirlaugh, HU11 5EA Details

Consultation deadline Environment Agency public consultation on environmental permit application by Third Energy proposal to inject produced water at Ebberston South well site, Malton Cote Road, Ebberston, North Yorkshire. Details

Consultation deadline Environment Agency public consultation on environmental permit application by Third Energy proposal to inject produced water at Pickering Well Site, Malton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 8EA Details

Thursday 5th March 2015

Shale UK conference, organised on behalf of The Geological Society. Details

Friday 6th March 2015

General meeting of Frack Free Lincs, LincolnShare, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1, 7pm-9pm, Details

Saturday 7th March 2015

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

Wednesday 11th March 2015

Assessment and consultation on the impact of exploratory fracking schemes before granting consent for shale gas extraction – Oral questions in the House of Lords Details

Thursday 12th March 2015

House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee conference for energy investors, specialists and campaigners on future challenges and opportunities. Free. Sold out but register for a place on the reserve list. Bloomberg, City Gate House, 39-45 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1PQ, 8.30-12 noon. Details

Deadline for statements and comments from interested parties in appeal by Dart Energy against Shropshire Council’s non-determination of its application for an exploratory coal bed methane borehole, Brooklands Farm, Dudleston, Ellesmere, Shropshire. Details Comments from Dart and Shropshire Council are due by 26th March.

Sunday 15th March 2015

Consultation deadline Closing date for comments on Rathlin Energy application for proposed West Newton B exploratory well, north of Hull, East Yorkshire (extended from 20th February). Details

Monday 16th March 2015

Shale gas and oil forum 2015, one-day conference. Speakers include: Matt Lambert, Director of Government and Public Affairs, Cuadrilla Resources; Andrew Austin, Chief Executive, IGas; David Messina, Managing Director, Hutton Energy; Honourable Artillery Company, City Road, London EC1Y 2B, 9am-6pm, Details

Thursday 19th March 2015

Industrial & Power Association’s Power Scotland Conference, Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD, 9am start. Speakers include: Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism and Tom Greatrex MP, shadow energy minister. Details

Also look out for

  • Date for decision by East Riding of Yorkshire Council on Rathlin Energy planning application for West Newton B
  • Start of drilling at Celtique Energie site at Broadford Bridge, near Billingshurst
  • Start of testing at Rathlin Energy’s site at Crawberry Hill, East Yorkshire
  • Decision by Celtique Energie on whether it will appeal against refusal of planning permission for drilling at Fernhurst (mid-March will be six months since the decision)

[Updated 10.39 on 21/2/15 to include events in Lincolnshire and on 23/2/15 to add Cheshire West and Chester Council meeting, Brussels conference and events on 12th and 19th March]

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