What’s happening this week? 27 March-2 April 2017

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Reclaim the Power protest at Armstrong Aggregates quarry at Camforth, 27 March 2017

In this week’s listings:

  • The start of Reclaim The Power’s Break the Chain fortnight of direct action against supply companies to the fracking industry
  • UK onshore oil and gas: Policy, planning and future developments conference in Birmingham
  • Angus Energy AGM
  • Bez visits protection camps and Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool

Please let us know (click here) if any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Events listing for the rest of March and beyond here

Monday 27 March 2017

Start of Reclaim the Power Break the Chain fortnight of direct action. Plans for the event say “groups across the country will use direct action to disrupt companies supplying services and materials to the fracking industry, aiming to pressure them into dropping contracts”. The first protest was announced at 8.14 when two activists from Bristol Tide Rising, suspended by swings, blocked lorry access to the Armstrong Aggregates quarry at Camforth. Break the Chain continues until Monday 10 April 2017. Details 

Happy Monday maracas player, Bez, visits Blackpool & Fylde Community Protection Camp (FY4 5LU) at about 10am, then on to New Hope Community Action Camp (FY4 5JR) and then the Preston New Road shale gas site (PR4 3PH). Details

Bez visit

Public presentation: Fracking and the potential impact on Frodsham, 6.30pm-7pm, Frodsham Town Council. Details

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Frack Free Mansfield Meeting, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Rosemary Street, Mansfield NG19 6AB. Details

Wednesday 29 March 2017

UK onshore oil and gas: Policy, planning and future developments conference. Confirmed speakers include: Ken Cronin, UKOOG; Andrew Mullaney, Lancashire County Council; Jonathan Smith, Nottinghamshire County Council; Mark Hill, North York Moors National Park; Sue Manns, Pegasus, Sean McFadynen, EESSA; Tony Smith, Peel Gas and Oil; Tony Almond, HSE; Mark Ellis-Jones, EA; Jim Marshall, Water UK; Gemma James, Environmental Issues; Kevin Hollinrake MP; Neil Rowley, National Grid; Peter Styles, Keele University; Nick Riley, Carboniferous. 8.30am-5pm, city centre venue in Birmingham. Details  DrillOrDrop requested a press pass for this event but the organisers were unable to provide one. If anyone is attending and would like to report on the presentations please get in touch

Angus Energy annual general meeting,  10.00 a.m. at the offices of Fladgate LLP, 16 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DG. Details

Dronfield Against Fracking meeting, 7.30pm, Gosforth Lodge Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XP. Details

Thursday 30 March 2017

Publication of government statistics on greenhouse gas emissions and energy trends and prices. 9.30am, gov.uk website. Details 

Closing date for comments on planning application PA/2017/268 by Egdon Resources to vary condition 24 of MIN/2013/0281 to allow the retention of the Wressle well site for a further 12 months. Details

Ministerial statement scheduled on unconventional oil and gas, after 2.30pm, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh. Details

Frack Free Ashfield monthly meeting, 7.30pm-9pm, The Regent Weatherspoon’s pub, Diamond Avenue, Kingsway, Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 7BQ.

Friday 31 March 2017

Living with Fracking Shipton poster

Final date for Nottinghamshire County Council to finalise legal agreement required for planning consent for IGas application  to drill for shale gas at Springs Road, Misson.

Flying high to finish fracking. Parachute jump to raise money for Geza Frackman legal challenge. 10.30am-1.30pm, Suffolk. Details

Energy, democracy and the challenge of fracking. Panel debate at Global Green Congress, Liverpool ACC Conference Centre, Albert Dock, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 Details

Film screening of Living with Fracking followed by Q&A with the film-makers, Jo and Steve White from Ryedale. Doors open 7pm, film starts 7.30pm, Shipton Community Centre, A19 Main Street, Shipton York YO30 1AA.

Saturday 1 April 2017

Anti-fracking freshwater flashmob, 11.30am-1pm, Barclays, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3BB. Details

Community meeting for local anti-fracking campaigners, 12 noon, Kirby Misperton Protection Camp, corner field of junction of Kirby Misperton Road and Malton Road, opposite the Bean Sheaf garage, poscode YO17 6UE. Details

April fools day Saturday event, 12 noon-3pm, Preston New Road shale gas site, Little Plumpton, nr Blackpool, PR4 3PH. Details

Stop Barclays funding fracking in Yorkshire – Friends of the Earth event in Leeds, 2pm-4pm, Barclays Bank, 69 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AA. Details

It’s no joke: Drill due any day now. Photo opportunity about UKOG’s Broadford Bridge well, organised by Frack Free Billingshurst, 2pm-4pm, the Green, Billingshurst RH14 9JH. Details

Sunday 2 April 2017

Fossil Free training tour, public action and media training, organised by 350.org and People & Planet.12 noon-5pm, Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TG. Details

Screening of H2Oil, 7pm, The Boileroom, 13 Stokefields, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LS. Details

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