Drilling diary – January 2016

JanuaryDiary30+ meetings, decisions, consultation deadlines and other key dates in January on fracking and onshore oil and gas. Advanced notice of dates throughout 2016. Updated throughout the month. Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events.

Monday 4th January 2016

Fracking, campaigning and the Peak District National Park: talk with David Burley, of Frack Free South Yorkshire, organised by Transition Hope Valley, 7.45pm, Loxley Hall, Hope S33 6RH. Details

Fracking information evening, Crossroads Care Home, 1 Graham Road, Weston Super Mare, BS23 1YA. Details

Wednesday 6th January 2016

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free county-wide meeting, 7.30pm-9.30pm, The Old Bell, 42 market Place, Warminster, BA12 9AN Details

Frack Free East Yorkshire planning meeting, 7.30pm, Driffield Cass Hall, King St, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire YO25 6QW Details

Thursday 7th January 2016

Fracking information and discussion evening, 7.30pm, Kirkburn Village Hall, Main Street, Kirkburn, YO25 9DU. Details

Final date for comments on IGas application SCC ref 2015/0170 to Surrey County Council for planning permission to upgrade and extend Bletchingley Central and Bletchingley-2 wellsites. Application details

Friday 8th January 2016

Comments due from the Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd and Lancashire County Council in Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusal of a three-year extension of planning permission at Grange Hill, Singleton, Lancashire. The company wanted to carry out flow tests, followed by abandonment and restoration. The appeal is by written representations. Link to appeal details

Saturday 9th January

Community information and ideas exchange organised by Frack Off Our Forest, 2pm-7pm, West Dean Centre, High Street, Bream, Lydney GL15 6JW Details

Monday 11th January 2016

Frack Free Driffield & Wolds group planning meeting, 7.30pm, Driffield Cass Hall, King St, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire YO25 6QW Details

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Housing and Planning Bill Report Stage (day 2) and 3rd reading Details

David Cameron appears before the House of Commons Liaison Committee, made up of select committee chairs. 4pm, Grimond Road, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London SW1 Details

Frack Free Easingwold and Friends of the Earth host an anti-fracking meeting. 7pm-9pm, Galtres Centre, Market Place, Easingwold YO61 3AD Details

Frack Free Yeovil meeting, 7pm, Meadow Road, Yeovil, Somerset. Details

Frack Free Chorley and South Ribble public meeting, 7pm-9pm, St Joseph’s Social Club, School Lane, Brinscall, PR6 8QP Details

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, is the keynote speaker at a meeting entitled Maintaining Momentum beyond Paris, organised by Aldersgate Group and Lloyds of London and supported by Centrica, 6.45pm-9.30pm, Lloyds of London, 1 Lime Street,  London EC3M 7HA Details

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Assembly by Frack of Our Forest, 9.15am, outside Shire Hall, Gloucester GL1 2TP, where the group says councillors are having a private briefing on hydraulic fracturing and coal bed methane exploitation Details

Gloucestershire County Council’s Environment and Community’s Scrutiny Committee debates a motion on fracking from the full council. 1.30pm, Shire Hall, Gloucester GL1 2TP Details

Thursday 14th January 2016

Frack Free Cleveland meeting, 7pm, Saltburn House, Marine Parade, Saltburn by the Sea TS12 1BX. Details

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Presenting Lou Castro: The Dangers of Fracking and What Went Wrong At West Newton A. Talk about Rathlin Energy’s activities at West Newton A in Holderness, north of Hull. 7.30pm-10.30pm, The New Walton Social Club, 243 Walton Street, Hull HU3 6JR Details

Friday 15th January 2016

Closing date for consultation on North Yorkshire Minerals and Waste Plan. Link to consultation

Final date for comments on Environment Agency consultation on permits for Third Energy’s site at Kirby Misperton Details

Saturday 16th January 2016

J16 – Solidarity with Upton Community Protection Camp. Coaches from pick up points in south Wales. 6am-10pm, Upton Community Protection Camp, Duttons Lane, Upton, Chester CH2 2PE. Details Event still going ahead, despite camp eviction. Details

Frack Free Isle of Wight public meeting, 10am-2pm, Unitarian Meeting House, 9a High Street, Newport, PO30 1SS. Details

Legal observer training by Green & Black Cross, 11am-5pm, London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES Details Email gbclegal@riseup.net to book a place

Monday 18th January 2016

Frack Free Lyme Regis activism planning meeting, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Magic Oxygen Publishing, The Flat, 53 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QF Details

Tuesday 19th January 2016

Frack Free Chorley presentation and petition delivered to full meeting of Chorley Borough Council. The petition urges members to declare a frack free zone. 6.30pm, Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley PR7 1DP Details and link to council meeting agenda page

Scheduled meeting of Ryedale District Council planning committee. We understand that the Kirby Misperton fracking application will not be discussed.

IGas application for installation of groundwater monitoring boreholes at land off Springs Road, Misson, Bassetlaw, scheduled to go before meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council planning committee. 10.30am, County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP. Details (go to Work Programme Appendix).

Shale Gas: Tapping the potential, 8am, Addleshaw Goddard, 100 Barbirolli Square, Manchester, M2 3AB Details

Shale Gas: Tapping the potential, 3pm, Addleshaw Goddard, Sovereign House, Sovereign Square, Leeds, LS1 1HQ Details

Winchester Action on Climate Change meeting, 7.30pm-9.15pm, The Winchester Club, Highfield Lodge, Worth Lane, Winchester SO23 7AB Details

Wednesday 20th January 2016

Rathlin Energy’s application for a bankruptcy order against Ian Crane resumes at the High Court in London, 11am, Rolls Building, Fetter Lane EC4A 1NL

Full meeting of Trafford Council to discuss Labour Group motion condemning the government’s release of a shale exploration licence for the area south of Trafford.The meeting is usually webcast. 7pm, Council Chamber, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford M32 0TH Details and Link to council meeting webpage.

Shale Gas: Tapping the potential, 8am, Addleshaw Goddard, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4AG Details

Friday 22nd January 2016

Meeting about fracking in Cheshire, organised by East Runcorn MP, Graham Evans, 7pm, Helsby High School, Chester Road, Helsby, Cheshire WA6 OHY Details

Facts before frack – public information event with Dr Tim Thornton and Bishop Graham Cray, 7.30pm, The Old Town Hall, at The Bell Hotel, Market Place, Driffield, YO25 6AN. Details

Meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s Transport, Economy and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to discuss fracking and the minerals local plan, 10am, Council Chamber, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AD Details

Saturday 23rd January 2016

No Fracking in Wales photoshoot organised by county borough councillor, Stephen Karl Hunt, 9.30am, entrance to the Foel Fynyddau exploratory borehole site, Pontrydyfen, Cwmafan, Port Talbot (just under the viaduct). Details.

Tuesday 26th January 2016

Westminster Hall debate called by Kevin Hollinrake MP on the potential role of UK manufacturing in development of onshore oil and gas, 9.30am, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament.

Mid Holderness against rural industrialisation meeting, 7.30pm, Methodist Chapel, New Ellerby, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU11 5AP Details

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Frack Free Nottinghamshire meeting, 7.30pm, the Three Horse Shoes pub, 1 Brookside, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 6PB. Details

Frack Free Dee Fracking in and around Chester information evening, All Saints Church Centre, Hoole, CH2 3HZ Details

Thursday 28th January 2016

Swansea Council motion to initiate a review of planning policy on unconventional oil and gas extraction, including presentation by Keith Ross, of Frack Free Wales, 5pm, The Guildhall, Swansea Link to motion (see item 15). Details

Friday 29th January 2016

Second reading of Fracking (Measurement and Regulation of Impacts) (Air, Water and Geventreenhouse Gas Emissions) Bill, introduced by Geraint Davies, House of Commons, time tbc Details  MOVED TO FRIDAY 5TH FEBRUARY

Saturday 30th January 2016

Climate Rising meeting, including workshops on fossil fuels and fracking and presentations, by among others, Caroline Lucas, 9.15am-6pm, Friends House – 173-177 Euston Road London NW1 2AX GB. Details and cost

Sunday 31st January 2016

No Fracking Way events to raise awareness of fracking. DrillOrDrop listing of 35+ events. Link here

Coming up later


Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Publication of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions statistics – 2014 final figures

Public Attitudes Tracking Survey, Wave 16

Fracking meeting, 7pm, Lolo’s vegan and raw restaurant and store, 2-4 Market Place, Ramsbottom, BL0 9HT Details

Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Frack Off Our Forest anti-fracking tea party with cake, 3pm-6pm, Blakeney Village Hall Details

Frack Free Dee Fracking in and around Chester information evening, Village Hall, Christleton, CH3 7AS Details

Frack Free East Yorkshire planning meeting, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Quaker Lane, Beverley, HU17 8BY Details

Thursday 4th February 2016

Is Westminster planning to force fracking on Lancashire? Public meeting on fracking in Lancashire. Speakers include Asad Rehman, Friends of the Earth, Steve Holgate, Lancashire county councillor, and residents of Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. 7pm-9pm, Preston Minster, Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BT Details

Frack Free Leeds Meeting, 6pm, The George, 67-69 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3BB Details

Friday 5th February

Second reading of Fracking (Measurement and Regulation of Impacts) (Air, Water and Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Bill Details NOTE CHANGED DATE

Frack Free Notts at Light Night 2016 – on-the-street awareness event, 7pm, outside Broadway Cinema, 14-18 Broadstreet, Nottingham NG1 3AL Details

Saturday 6th February 2016

Surrey against fracking public meeting, 12.30pm-3pm, Oxted Community Hall, 53 Church Lane, Oxted, RH8 9NB. Details

Saturday 6th February 2016-Sunday 7th February

Reclaim the power national gathering, 12 noon on 6th February-5pm 7th February, venue tbc Details

Monday 8th February 2016

Frack or Fiction? First meeting of Upper Nidderdale Environment Group of 2016, including talk by Knaresborough town councillor, Bill Rigby, chair of Harrogate and District Alliance Against Fracking. 7.30pm, Broadbelt Hall, Glasshouses, near Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5QY.

Preliminary date for Producers’ Summit chaired by Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, Westminster. Not a public meeting. Details

Frack Free Driffield & Wolds group planning meeting, 7.30pm, Cass Hall, King St, Driffield, YO25 6QW Details

Frack Free Dee Fracking in and around Chester information evening, Community Centre, Vicars Cross CH3 5LP Details

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Start of planning inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeals against refusal of planning permission for fracking at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. 10am, Blackpool Football Club. Summary and Latest DrillOrDrop post on the inquiry

Don’t Frack Lancs protest called by Frack Free Lancashire and supported by Friends of the Earth against Cuadrilla’s appeal against refusals of fracking applications. 9am-11am, outside Blackpool FC stadium, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool FY1 6JJ Details

Frack Free Westbury showing of the film The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas, 7.30pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall, Chapmanslade, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4AP Details

Free public fracking information evening, talk and discussion, 7.30pm, Pocklington Christian Fellowship, Chapmangate, Pocklington YO42 2AY Details

Thursday 11th February 2016

Frack Free Dee Fracking in and around Chester information evening, Caldy Valley Church Centre, Boughton, CH3 5PR Details

Frack Free Westbury showing of the film The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas, 7.30pm, Laverton, Details

Friday 12th February

Environment Agency public information session on IGas application for a mining waste permit for proposed shale gas site at Misson, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, 2pm-6.30pm at Misson Community Centre, Vicar Lane, Misson, Doncaster DN10 6EG. Details

Saturday 13th February 2016

Say no to fracking in Nottinghamshire Skill-Up day, 12 noon – 4.30pm, Curious Manor, Trinity Square, Nottingham NG1 4AF Details

After Paris – how can we make Dorset Fossil Free? Address by Molly Scott Cato, Green Party MEP, talks, films and discussion, free event, 10am-3.30pm, The Spire, High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1DF Details

Monday 15th February 2016

Free public fracking information evening, talk and discussion, 7.30pm, Market Weighton Community Hall, Station Road, Market Weighton, YO43 3AY Details

Wednesday 17th February 2016

Gloucestershire County Council debate on fracking, 10am Shire Hall, Westgate Street Gloucester GL1 2TG Details

Frack Off Our Forest gathering, from 9.15am, outside Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate Street Gloucester GL1 2TG Details

Saturday 20th February 2016

Inaugural event of Knit for the Planet. 12 noon, by the beach huts, Cart Road, Lyme Regis to create a long line of blankets spelling out a clean energy message. 3pm, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, meeting with information on sustainable living. 7pm, Q and A panel on green energy. Details

Talk: Resisting fracking and corporate gas exploitation in our communities, 10am-12 noon, Cathays Youth and Community Centre, 36 Cathays Terrace, Cardiff CF24 4HX Details

Frack Off Our Forest showing of The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas, 7.30pm, Flaxley schoolroom Details

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

UK Shale Gas: The Engineers’ Summit, 8am-6pm, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ Details

Jason Gammel, senior equity research analyst at Jeffries, speaks to the All Party Pariamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas, 3pm-4pm, House of Commons. Invitation only.

Wednesday 24th February 2016

Shale and Unconventional Gas: environmental and geo-technical impacts, event by Brownfield Briefing, 9am-5pm, Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT Details

Thursday 25th February 2016

Case management hearing in the case of John Tootill, charged by Fylde Borough Council for displaying advertisements without consent. Blackpool Magistrates Court Details

Thursday 3rd March 2016         

Deadline for comments on the Environment Agency consultation on sector guidance for onshore oil and gas. Link to consultation

Saturday 5th March 2016

The road to frack and ruin. Music, poetry and comedy event organised by Thirsk and Malton Labour Party, including US protest singer David Rovics and Thirk’s stand-up poet and comedian Kate Fox. £10 tickets. Doors open 6.45, show from 7.30pm-10.30pm, Hovingham Village Hall, Main Street, Hovingham, York YO62 4LF. Details

Tuesday 8th March 2016

Closing date for comments to the Environment Agency on IGas application for a mining waste permit for the proposed shale gas site at Springs Road, Misson, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire. Link to consultation documents

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Policy conference on energy security organised by the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum. Speakers include representatives from DECC, Ofgem, National Grid, KPMG, UK Energy Research Centre, Greenpeace and UK Onshore Oil and Gas. Venue and time tbc

Tuesday 29th March 2015

Trial due to begin of three residents of Upton Community Protection Camp, near Chester, who are alleged to have assault a bailiff. Time to be confirmed. Chester Magistrates Court, Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2XA

Thursday 31st March 2016

Publication of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions statistics – Q4 2015

Publication of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions statistics – 2015 provisional figures

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Scheduled date for a judicial review of Lancashire County Council’s decision to approve the application by Cuadrilla for a monitoring array in and around Roseacre Wood. Time of hearing to be confirmed. Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand, London WC2A 2LL.

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Publication of the government’s Public Attitudes Tracking Survey, Wave 17

Saturday 7th May – Sunday 15th May 2016

Global BreakFree2016 protest against fossil fuels. Details

Wednesday 18th –Thursday 19th May 2016

Shale World UK. Described as the largest gathering of stakeholders in the UK shale gas industry. ILEC conference centre, London. Details

Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th June 2016

Presenting the geoscience behind the UK’s shale potential. Event organised by the Geological Society, venue Liverpool Details

Thursday 30th June 2016

Publication of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions statistics – Q1 2016

Thursday 28th July 2016

Publication of the government’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics – 2015

Thursday 29th September 2016

Publication of the government’s greenhouse gas emissions statistics – Q2 2015


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