Today is one of the busier days in the UK debate about fracking and onshore drilling.
In the space of six hours, there will be nine events, including council debates, exhibitions, public meetings, a demonstration and a social.
Ryedale District Council in North Yorkshire will consider calls for a ban on fracking when it meets in Malton tonight.
The area is in the front-line for UK fracking, with an application by Third Energy to frack a well in Kirby Misperton.
At an extraordinary meeting of the council in February this year members failed to back a motion opposing all fracking in the district. But councillors warned they would not support fracking applications if public concerns were not resolved.
Tonight’s meeting will consider a motion by Liberal councillors John Clark and Joy Andrews which calls for a five-year moratorium on fracking in Ryedale. The motion also calls on the council’s planning committee to take this decision into account when it makes a recommendation to North Yorkshire County Council on Third Energy’s planning application. The next scheduled Ryedale District Council planning committee meetings are on 20th October and 10th November 2015.
Cllr Clark has also tabled a question to John Windress, the chair of the planning committee, asking why the committee has not produced a policy on fracking in Ryedale.
- The meeting begins at 6.30pm in the Council Chamber, Ryedale House, Malton YO17 1SA. Link to committee agenda
Decision on IGas Trafford plans
Trafford Council’s development control committee is expected to decide tonight on a planning application by IGas for coal bed methane exploration, testing and production at a site next to the Davyhulme water treatment works. Council officers have recommended approval.
The committee last discussed the application in October last year. It deferred a decision following objections about the environmental impact of coal bed methane developments.
- The meeting begins at 6.30pm in Committee Suite, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 0TH. See DrillOrDrop report on the application. Link to agenda and planners’ report
The former diplomat and climate envoy, John Ashton, is the speaker at a public meeting at Edinburgh University tonight. The event, entitled Fracking: for whom, at what cost?, is organised by Friends of the Earth Scotland. Mr Ashton is also addressing a reception for members of the Scottish Parliament on fracking.
At both events he says he will explain why he believes successful resistance to unconventional hydrocarbon extraction is crucial for the UK’s response to climate change.
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, is visiting Aberystwyth as part of a tour of all 22 local authorities in Wales. He says his aim to listen to what matters to communities. Frack Free Wales has encouraged people to submit questions about fracking and onshore drilling in Wales. Details and to book
Bassetlaw Against Fracking is hosting a public meeting in Workshop. The event includes discussion about fracking and a screening of the film Shattered Earth. Details
Exhibitions, demonstration and social
Ineos has one of its fracking community exhibitions at Tullibody Civic Centre today. The meeting is one of 18 organised by the company this autumn. Ineos says they are designed “to give more people the opportunity to ask us questions about this important technology and our shale gas plans”. Details
Also coming up this week:
Friday 9th October
Frack Free Lancashire Benefit Party, 8.30pm, Town House Pub, St Annes Road West, Ltham St Annes, FY8 1SB Details
Saturday 10th October 2015
Barclays Bank demonstratons
- Climate Day of Action Friends of the Earth urge Barclays to withdraw its funding for Third Energy which wants to frack in Ryedale Details
- 10am-1pm outside Barclays Bank, 2 High Street, Nottingham, NH1 2EN Details
- 10am-3pm outside Barclays Bank, 1-3 Parliament Street, York, YO1 8SE Details
- 10am outside Barclays Bank, Victoria Square, Bolton Details
- 10.45am outside Barclays Bank, King Edward Street, Hull HU1 3RL Details
- 11am outside Barclays Bank, 25 James Street, Harrogate HG1 1QX Details
- 12 noon-1pm, outside Barclays Bank, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth SY23 2AE Details
- 12noon-2pm outside Barclays Bank, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 Details
- 2pm outside Barclays Bank, 4 North Bar Within, Beverley HU17 8AY Details
More Barclays events on Friends of the Earth webpage
Symbolic circle of protection and demonstration, No Fracking in Our Forest contribution to global day of action against fracking, 10am, Cyril Hart Arboretum, Cinderford, Gloucestershire GL16 7EL
Sunday 11th October 2015
Hands Over Our Forth – public protest urging the Scottish Government to include underground coal gasification in the current moratorium, 2pm, Forth Road Bridge, Firth of Forth Edinburgh EH30 9SF Details
Wirral Against Fracking community walk across the sand to Hilbre Island where participants will hold hands to show unity against underground coal gasification. Meeting at West Kirby Marine Lake, South Parade, West Kirby CH48 3HZ at 11.45am, walk leaving at 12.10pm. Details
Mole Valley Greens event: Love Leith Hill, not oil drilling, a celebration for residents of Dorking of the beauty and tranquillity of Leith Hill, 10.30am-1pm, Bury Hill Wood, Coldharbour Lane. Details and more information from Chris.Crook.GreenParty@gmail.com
Keep Billingshurst Frack Free craft and chat afternoon with information about fracking locally and nationally, 2pm-5pm, the Women’s Hall, Billingshurst
Keep up-to-date with DrillOrDrop’s monthly drilling diary
Post updated 15.40 to remove Frack Free Ryedale social, which has been postponed because of the Ryedale District Council meeting.