Drilling Diary March 2015

Updated list of key events on fracking and onshore oil and gas in March

  • Climate March and anti-fracking demonstrations
  • Deadline for comments on drilling plans
  • Decision on West Newton-B well in East Yorkshire
  • Consultation meetings and deadlines
  • Conferences
  • Training
  • Private Members’ bills

Saturday 28th February 2015

IGas planning consultation on plans for an exploratory well at Misson Springs, Misson Community Centre, Vicar Lane, Misson, Doncaster DN10 6EG. 10am-2pm Details

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

Sunday 1st March 2015

Scotland against fracking and UCG protest hosted by Scotland Against Fracking with speeches and performances, Zetland Park, Abbots Road, Grangemouth FK3 9DQ, 1pm-4pm Details

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

IGas public consultation on exploration plans at Misson Springs, Nottinghamshire. Mayflower bar and eatery, High Street, Austerfield Doncaster DN10 6QU, 3pm-8pm Details

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

Anti-fracking demonstration at Cheshire West and Chester headquarters Demonstration at final meeting of the council’s Unconventional Gas/Oil Extraction Working Group before the general election. 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP, 5.30pm. Details

Friday 6th March 2015

Second reading of Fracking (Measurement and Regulation of Impacts) (Air, Water and Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Bill 2014-15 (private members bill) Details

Second reading of Department of Energy and Climate Change (Abolition) Bill 2014-15 (private members bill) Details

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

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

Mother’s Day – Mothers Meeting: We need to talk about fracking Afternoon of cake, chat and crafts The Women’s Hall, High Street, Billingshurst RH14 9QT, 1pm-4pm 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

Thursday 26th March 2015

Expected date for decision by East Riding of Yorkshire Council on Rathlin Energy’s planning application for West Newton-B exploratory well Link to planning application

Saturday 28th March 2015

Anti-fracking training: Know you rights by Seeds of Change and Frack Off, Friends Meeting House, Brighton BN1 1AF, 10.30am-5pm. For details and to book email

Sunday 29th March 2015

Anti-fracking training: Effective campaigning by Seeds of Change and Frack Off, Community Base, Brighton BN1 3XG, 10am-5pm. For details and to book email

2 replies »

  1. Thank you for all the tremendous work you have been producing! It would be good to hear what they say at the ShaleUK Conference on 4/5 March? I can’t work out why engineers and geologists seem to be so gung-ho about it all. Also the overlap with nuclear waste disposal is beginning to look ominous. Is the Government playing for a win-win situation with boreholes, whether they succeed in producing gas or not?

    Have you seen this 2013 article?

    Best regards, Linda Hurrell.

    Sent from my iPad

    • Hi Linda Thanks for your comment and I hope the blog is useful. I will be at the Shale UK conference this week so look out for reports on the presentations. Thanks also for the link – I’m following this and the article looks very helpful. best wishes, Ruth

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