Diary

Drilling diary – July 2016

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40+ key dates and events in July 2016, including film screenings, conferences, meetings, deadlines, presentations and demonstrations. And advanced notice of dates later in the year. Updated throughout the month. Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events.

Saturday 2 July 2016

“Welcome” event to mark the arrival of Tesla seismic testing in West Lancashire. Email haf@fastmail.com for more information about the event.

Warminster anti-fracking community fun fundraising event. Venue is a pub in Warminster. Entry by ticket only (£10). Contact 01985 846675 for tickets & information.

Monday 4 July 2016

Date set by inspector at Cuadrilla fracking inquiry to deliver her report to the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark. There is no statutory or scheduled date for Mr Clark to make or announced his final decision on the schemes.

Film screening of The Truth about the Dash for Gas, 7pm, Sunshine House Community Centre, Wellington Street, Scholes, Wigan WN1 3SA. Details

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Sheffield Against Fracking meeting, 7.30pm, Red Lion, 109 Charles Street, Sheffield, S1 2ND. Details

Frack Free Yeovil meeting, 7pm, Meadow Road, Yeovil, Somerset, see Details for contact information for venue. POSTPONED

Meeting of Keep East Lancashire Frack Free, 7m-9pm, The Old Library, Colne Road, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1LL. Details

Ballot on motions for House of Lords debate on 21 July. The motions in the ballot include one by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (this house takes note of the regulations relevant to hydraulic fracturing for shale gas)   Details

Wednesday 6 July 2016

Oil and Gas: planning and environment summit, 8.30am-4.30pm Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB. Confirmed speakers include: Ken Cronin, UKOOG; Neil McBride, Lincolnshire County Council; Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; Professor Peter Styles, Keele University. Details No press access for DrillOrDrop. Please let us know if you are attending.

Draw the line on fracking opposition rally outside Oil and Gas: planning and environment summit, 8.30am-4.30pm,  Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB, Details

Public meeting about plans by Egdon Resources to produce oil from the Wressle-1 well site for 15 years. Time tbc, Red Lion pub, High Street, Broughton, DN20 0HY.

Shale gas and fracking: the science behind the controversy. Talk by Professor Michael Stephenson, director of science and technology at the British Geological Survey, about his book of the same title. 12 noon-1pm, Committee Room 10, House of Commons, House of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA. Free but need to register with Eventbrite. Details

Bassetlaw District Council votes on IGas proposals to drill for shale gas at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire. The final decision is made by Nottinghamshire County Council. 6.30pm, The Ballroom, Retford Town Hall, The Square, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6DB Details and agenda

Demonstration against IGas planning application (see above), 6pm-6.30pm, outside Retford Town Hall, The Square, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 6DB. Details

Film evening by Frack Free Cotswolds screening The Truth Behind the Dash for Gas, followed by discussion, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start, Redesdale Hall, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0AW. Details

Film screening of Groundswell Rising, hosted by Newbury Against Fracking, 7.30pm-9pm, Acre Space, St Nicholas Road, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5PR. Details

Thursday 7 July 2016

Launch of updated 2015 Medact report on health and fracking. 10am-12 noon, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Currently fully booked. Details

Knostrop Organisers meeting 2, 7pm-10pm, Wharf Chambers, Ground Floor, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7EQ. Details

Basingstoke Premiere – Frackman with live introduction by Dayne “The Frackman” Pratzky, 6pm, Odeon Basingstoke, Churchill Way W, Basingstoke , HAM, GB, RG22 6PG. Details.CANCELLED

London Premiere – Frackman with Q&A with Dayne “The Frackman” Pratzky, 8pm, Odeon Panton Street, 11/18 Panton St, London, SW1Y 4DP. Details. CANCELLED

Friday 8 July-Saturday 6 August 2016

Fracked! Or: Please don’t use the F-word. New play by Alistair Beaton which looks at plans to frack in a village and the campaign to stop it, starring James Bolam and Anne Reid. Tickets from £20, evening performances 7.45pm, Saturday matinees 2.45pm. Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, PO19 6AP All 33 performances currently sold out but check website for returns. Details

Friday 8 July 2016

Finding True North: Realising the Northern Powerhouse conference, housed by ResPublica, with speakers including MPs Greg Clark, Dan Jarvis, George Freeman and Lisa Nandy and the Academy Award winning director, Danny Boyle, 9.30am-6.30pm, The Lowry Theatre, Salford, Manchester M50 3AZ. Details

Monday 11 July 2016

Court date for trial of people arrested at protests outside Horse Hill exploration site at Horley, Surrey. 10am, South East Surrey Magistrates Court, Hatchlands Rd, Redhill RH1 6DH. Details

Closing date for comments on revised preferred approach to East Riding of Yorkshire Minerals Plan. Details

Southampton Premiere – Frackman with live introduction by Dayne “The Frackman” Pratzky, 6pm, Odeon Southampton, Leisure World, W Quay Rd, Southampton, SO15 1RE. Details. CANCELLED

Brighton Premiere – Frackman with live Q&A with Dayne “The Frackman” Pratzky, 8pm, Odeon Brighton, West St, Brighton, BN1 2RE. Details. CANCELLED

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Court date for trial of people arrested at protests outside Horse Hill exploration site at Horley, Surrey. 10am, South East Surrey Magistrates Court, Hatchlands Rd, Redhill RH1 6DH. Details

Screening of Voices from the Gasfields.  Doors open 6.30pm, film starts at 7pm, The Dearne Playhouse, Washington Road, Goldthorpe, Rotherham S63 9EF. Tea and coffee will be available. Organised by Frack Free Dearne Valley.

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Geo-disposal seminar, organised by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd, Institute of Physics nuclear industry group, 9.30am, Birchwood Park, Warrington WA3 6YN. Details

Surrey County Council planning and regulatory committee recommended by officers to approve IGas application (SCC ref 2015/0230) to use the Albury wellsite for the production of compressed natural gas for 15 years. 10.30am, Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN Details

The Environment Agency information session about Egdon’s plans for oil and gas production from the Wressle-1 well site , 12 noon-6pm, Broughton Village Hall, 59 High Street, Broughton DN20 0JX.Details

Bury Council debate on fracking, 7pm, Bury Town Hall,  Knowsley St, Bury BL9 0SW.Details and Facebook event

Thursday 14 July 2016

Realising Wales’ energy potential – innovation, regulation and building investor confidence, key note seminar from Policy Forum for Wales, with speakers including Charles Hargreates of Ofgem, Roland Schulze of the European Investment Bank, Ceri Davies of Natural Resources Wales and Martin Murphy of Tidal Energy, morning event in central Cardiff. Details

45-minute pre show talk about Fracked! Or: Please don’t use the F-word.! with Kate Mosse, the play’s writer Alistair Beaton and director Richard Wilson. Free but booking is essential, 6pm, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, PO19 6AP.Details Performance of the play currently sold out but check website for returns

Sefton Council debates a motion by Labour leader Ian Maher:  “This Council agrees to confirm its opposition to unconventional gas extraction”. It also calls on the Liverpool City Region combined authority and local authorities to pass a similar motion. 6.30pm, The Town Hall, Lord Street,, Southport, PR8 1DA  Details

Film screening of Living with Fracking, by Jo and Steve White, with guest speaker, Dr Tim Thornton and Q+A. Film starts at 7.30pm. Event ends at about 9.30pm. Friends Meeting House, 12 Queen Parade, Harrogate HG1 5PP. Details

Friday 15 July 2016

Court date for trial of people arrested at protests outside Horse Hill exploration site at Horley, Surrey. 10am, Guildford Magistrates Court, Mary Rd, Guildford GU1 4PS. Details

Wakefield Trades Council and the Red Shed present a Frack-Free Benefit with Robert Llewellen, 8pm, The Red Shed, 18 Vicarage Street, Wakefield WF1 1QX. Tickets £6 or £3 low/no wage. Details

Saturday 16 July 2016

Walk for Ryedale – a frack free demonstration for a frack free future. Provisional plans to walk from Middlesbrough to the KM8 well site at Kirby Misperton to raise awareness and understanding of fracking. Approximate timings: departing 6am from the Blue Bell Hotel, Acklam, Middlesbrough TS5 7HL Details

Frack Free Driffield and Wolds Campaign Group drop-in information and awareness event, 11am-1pm, Women’s Institute Hall, Main Street, Hutton Cranswick, East Yorkshire YO25 9QR. Details

Public meeting: Are fracking regulators up to the task. Launch of a critique by Frack Free Notts of the fracking industry’s methods and how it is regulated. 2pm, Nottingham Friends Meeting House, Clarendon Street, Nottingham NG1 5JD. Details

Frack Free Kirby Misperton Solidarity Tea Party. An event to welcome walkers from Frack Free Middlesbrough. 4pm-6pm home-made Yorkshire tea (£5 per head) at The Clock House and the green opposite, Little Barugh. 8pm welcome walkers from FFM followed by walk to the KM8 wellsite for a flower ceremony. Details

Sheffield Against Fracking stall, Sharrow Festival, Mount Pleasant Park, Sheffield. Details

Sunday 17 July 2016

Legal observer training, organised by No Drill No Spill, 12 noon–5pm, Sproatley Pavillion and Playing Fields, Main Street, Sproatley, HU11 4PJ. Details

Monday 18 July 2016

Court date for trial of people arrested at protests outside Horse Hill exploration site at Horley, Surrey. 10am, South East Surrey Magistrates Court, Hatchlands Rd, Redhill RH1 6DH. Details

Fracking good or bad? Talk by Keith Tovey to Rotary Club of Cambridge South, 5.46pm-8pm, Old Dining Hall, Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0AA. Details

Are We Going To Be Fracked? Presentation and talk by Frack Free South Yorkshire. 7.30pm, Jump Working Mens Club, Wentworth Road, Jump, Barnsley, S74 0JX. Details

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Court date for trial of people arrested at protests outside Horse Hill exploration site at Horley, Surrey. 10am, South East Surrey Magistrates Court, Hatchlands Rd, Redhill RH1 6DH. Details

Gathering on the Green, annual anti-fracking gathering, this year with a visit from Natalie Bennett, 3.30pm, Lytham Windmill, Central Beach, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 5LB. Details

Frack Free Isle of Wight public meeting- How fracking could affect the Isle of Wight and the South West Coast in particular. Doors open 6.30pm, presentations at 7pm, followed by Q&A, Wilberforce Hall, Main Road, Brighstone, PO30 4AH. Details

Wednesday 20 July 2016

Fracking Open Meeting, organised by Barnsley Green Party, with speaker, Andrew Cooper, Green Party of England & Wales Energy Spokesperson, on fracking, climate change and renewable energy. 7pm, YMCA, Blucher Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 1AP

Thursday 21 July 2016

Public exhibition by Horse Hill Developments Ltd, the holding company that operates the Horse Hill exploration well, near Gatwick. 12 noon-7.30pm, Charlwood Parish Hall, 92 The Street, Charlwood, Surrey, RH6 0DU.

Informal information session by the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Public Health England about regulation of the oil and gas industry. 2pm-7.30pm, Mickle Trafford Village Hall, Mickle Trafford, Chester, CH2 4EB.

Frack Free Penistone & Stocksbridge Planning Meeting. First meeting of Frack Free Penistone & Stocksbridge Community Group. Meeting is called to begin planning events etc to raise awareness of group locally. 7pm, Inman Pavilion, Moorland Drive, Stocksbridge S36 1EG

Friday 22 July 2016

Extended closing date for public comments on IGas application ES/3524 to Nottinghamshire County council for an exploratory shale gas well at land off the A634 between Blyth and Barn by Moor, in Bassetlaw (also known as Tinker Lane). Link to application

Saturday 23 July 2016

Let’s talk energy, discussion staged by Chichester Festival Theatre: Leading anti-frackers take on politicians and representatives of the energy companies in a debate about fracking and the future of our energy supplies. Alistair Beaton, author of FRACKED! hosts an event where theatregoers and non-theatregoers alike are invited to come along, listen, and ask difficult questions. The case against is put by Julie Wassmer and David Smythe; the case in favour by Nick Riley and Ernest Rutter. 11am, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, PO19 6AP, £5 tickets, Details

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Seismic testing scheduled to start for Aurora in PEDL 164 in Sefton and West Lancashire

Frack Free East Yorkshire fracking information evening, 7.30pm, Kilham Village Hall, Church Street Kilham YO25 4RG. Details

Frack Free Yeovil meeting, 7pm, Meadow Road, Yeovil. Details and for venue location

Emergency meeting of Barnsley anti-fracking campaign in response to the borough’s draft minerals plan, 7pm, White Bear, 11 Church Street, Barnsley (opposite the town hall) S70 2AH

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Frack Free Yeovil film screening of Groundswell Rising, 7pm-9.30pm, Unity Hall, Central Road, Yeovil, BA20 1JL.Details

Frack Free Ashfield monthly meeting, 7.30pm-9pm, The Wyvern club, Urban Road, Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 8DB

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free meeting, 7.30pm-9pm, Trowbridge Social Club, Newtown, Trowbridge, Details or from frackfreefamilies@outlook.com

Thursday 28 July 2016

40-minute post show talk about Fracked! Or: Please don’t use the F-word with Kate Mosse and the cast and creative team. Free. Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, PO19 6AP. Performance of the play currently sold out but check website for returns. Details

Screening of the film Groundswell Rising and discussion, 6.30pm-9pm, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY. Details

Friday 29 July 2016

Frack Free Lancashire Call To Action, 2pm,  Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road proposed shale gas site, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool.

Northern premier screening and discussion of A River, reaction of a film by Anthony Tombling telling the story of communities in the Afan Forest and Pontryhdyfen facing fracking. 7pm-9pm, – Mitchell & Kenyon Cinema, UCLAN, Preston, PR1 2HE. Tickets and details and trailer

Saturday 30 July 2016

Frack Free South Yorkshire information stall all day at Maltby Miners’ Memorial Fun Day, Coronation Park, Muglet Lane, Maltby S66 7NB.

Say No To Fracking demonstration, organised by Frack Free York, 12 noon, Clifford’s Tower, Tower Street, York YO1 9SA. Details

London bus to Yorkshire Say No To Fracking demonstration. Details

Rapid response training day for anti-fracking groups and their supporters. 10am-5pm, Rowan Suite 1, Ribby Hall, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Preston PR4 2PR. RSVP essential via outreach@frack-off.org. Details

Boycott Barclays protest in Chester (details) and other locations including: Exeter, Sidmouth, Livingston, Lyme Regis, Devizes, East Grinstead and Canary Wharf. More details

Sunday 31 July 2016

Second Everything We Stand to Lose journey. Journey of Aurora’s seismic survey area in Sefton, organised by Halsall Against Fracking. Journey by bus, departing at 11am. Email haf@fastmail.com to reserve places. Details

Coming up later

Wednesday 3 August 2016

Frack Free East Yorkshire host screening of Living with Fracking film and discussion, 7.30pm, Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, YO15 3JH. Details

Frack Free East Yorkshire planning meeting, 7.30pm, Blue Bell pub, 5 River Head, Driffield, YO25 6NX. Details

Friday 5 August 2016

11.45pm deadline for comments in consultation on government’s National Infrastructure Assessment of infrastructure needs, including energy, for the next 30 years. Details

General meeting of Frack Free Harrogate District, 7pm, Friends Meeting House, 12 Queen Parade, Harrogate HG1 5PP. Details

Saturday 6 August 2016

Direct action training, 10.30am-6pm, including a picnic lunch, Dorking. More details and contact information

Sunday 7 August 2016

Legal observer training by Green & Black Cross Association, 2pm-4pm, Rowlands’ Red Poll Cattle, The Grange Farm, Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford CH2 4DB. Details

Frack Free Notts stall at Pagan Pride 2016, The Arboretum, Waverley Street, Nottingham NG174HF Details

Monday 8 August 2016

Frack Free Driffield and Wolds planning meeting, Blue Bell pub, 5 River Head, Driffield, YO25 6NX. Details

Wednesday 10 August 2016

9am deadline for applications to Campaign Bootcamp, described as “Hogwarts for campaigners”. Details and application

Saturday 13 August 2016

Frack Off This is not a drill! Anti-fracking fundraiser, talks, debates, raffle, film screening, music, speeches, performances, 11am-11pm, Hive Dalston, 260-268 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG. Details

Sunday 14 August 2016

Sheffield Against Fracking information stall at South Yorkshire Festival, 12 noon-5pm, Wortley Hall, Wortley, Sheffield S35 7DB

Friday 19 August 2016

Deadline for comments on Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council local plan which says proposals for shale gas exploration and production by fracking “will generally be supported”.

Sunday 21 August 2016

March Around the Mill – anti-fracking march and rally organised by No Fracking in Barnsley and Barnsley Green Party. Meet 1pm for 1.30pm start at Worsbrough Mill Museum & Country Park, Park Road (A61), Barnsley S70 5LJ  Walk is around Worsbrough Mill reservoir (approx 2 miles, suitable for wheelchair access) and return to the mill for a rally with speakers.

Wednesday 24 August

Keep Wiltshire Frack Free meeting and screening of the film Fracking Hell, 7.30pm-9pm, Newtown Social Club, Trowbridge.

Friday 26 August 2016

Deadline for signing a petition to Surrey County Council opposing unconventional techniques including high volume hydraulic fracturing. Details

Saturday 27 August 2016

Anti-fracking campaigners, the Lancashire Nanas and Ian R Crane, are speakers at Sublimate: The Activist Festival, gates open 10am, Hebden Bridge location. Details

Sunday 28 August 2016

Anti-fracking campaigners, the Lancashire Nanas and Ian R Crane, are speakers at Sublimate: The Activist Festival, all day, Hebden Bridge location. Details

The Divestment Movement with Bill McKibben. Talk by the founder of 350.org about fossil fuel divestment and climate justice. 2pm-5p0m, Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. Details

Monday 29 August 2016

Anti-fracking campaigners, the Lancashire Nanas and Ian R Crane, are speakers at Sublimate: The Activist Festival, untilo 4pm, Hebden Bridge location. Details

Sunday 4 September 2016

Whitworth Against Fracking information stall at Rushcart celebrations, The Riverside Civic Hall, Market Street, Whitworth, OL12 8DP. Details

Wednesday 7 September 2016

Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on shale gas regulation and planning. Venue and time tbc. Details

Saturday 10-Sunday 11 September 2016

Frack Free South Yorkshire stall at Rotherham Show, 10am-5.30pm, Clifton Park, Clifton Lane (A6021), Rotherham S65 2AA

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Building surveyor day, including the issue of fracking, continuing professional development day, Holiday Inn, Lakeview, Bridge Road, Cambridge CB24 9PH. Details

Sunday 25 September 2016

Anti-BP splashmob to tell the British Museum to drop sponsorship by BP, 12 noon, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Details

Thursday 29 September 2016

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

Friday 30 September 2016

Scottish Energy Association UK Shale Energy Conference, chaired by Ross Martin, CEO of SCDI, with speakers from Centrica, BGS, Columbus Energy, Reach CSG, Arenite Petroleum, UKOOG and OGIC. 9.30am at Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD. Details

Thursday 6 October 2016 

Date published by the Planning Inspectorate by which the Communities and Local Government Secretary will published the decision on Cuadrilla’s fracking appeals.

Tuesday 18 October 2016

Scheduled start date of a trial of nine people arrested during the eviction of Upton Protection Camp, Duttons Lane, Chester. The case, at Chester Magistrates Court, is expected to last up to seven days.

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Case for three people arrested during the eviction of Upton Community Protection Camp near Chester. 9am, Wirral Magistrates Court, Chester Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5HW. Details

Tuesday 29 November 2016

The future for Scotland’s energy sector – generation, flexibility and policy priorities. Conference with speakers including: Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change at The Scottish Government; John Fiennes, Director Energy Strategy Networks and Markets at the Department of Energy and Climate Change; Keith Bell, ScottishPower Professor of Smart Grids, University of Strathclyde; John Forster, Chair, STA Scotland and Chair, Forster Group; Professor Stuart Haszeldine, Director, SCCS and Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage, Edinburgh University; Clare Lavelle, Scottish Energy Consulting Lead, Arup. Morning event in central Edinburgh. Details 

Thursday 4 May 2017

Local government elections

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Are we going to be fracked? Presentation and discussion including speaker from Frack Free South Yorkshire, 10.30am, Penistone and District Probus Club, St John’s Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone.

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  1. “Monday 4 July 2016

    Date set by inspector at Cuadrilla fracking inquiry to deliver her report to the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark. ”

    A big date for UK shale gas.

    I am surprised there has been no leak yet?

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