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What’s happening this week? 18-24 September 2017

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Green Party leader Caroline Lucas to visit protesters at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site on Monday 18 September 2017. Site photo: Ros Wills

In this week’s listings

  • Caroline Lucas MP visits Green Monday protest at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site and speaks at a meeting in Lancaster;
  • Two screenings of The Bentley Effect;
  • Fracking motion to be discussed by Salford City Council;
  • 12-hour prayer vigil in Kirby Misperton and World Peace Day gathering at Broadford Bridge;

Plus meetings, lectures and presentations. Please let us know (click hereif any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Listings for the rest of September click here


Monday 18 September 2017

Caroline Lucas poster for 170918Caroline Lucas, co-leader of The Green Party, confirmed as the main speaker at a rally near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site. Stephen Hall, president of Greater Manchester Association of Trades Unions, is another speaker.

Fracking, energy security and climate change. Public meeting with speeches from Caroline Lucas MP and Danielle Paffard. 7.15pm, Lancaster Town Hall. Details

Sheffield Friends of the Earth meeting, 7.30pm-9pm, The Red Deer, 18 Pitt Street, Sheffield S1 4DD. Details

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

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Sheffield Climate Alliance monthly meeting, 7pm-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW. Details

Screening of The Bentley Effect, hosted by Bolsolver Against Fracking, 7pm, Oxcroft Centre, 55 Clowne Road, Stanfree, Chesterfield S44 6AG. Details

IGas Springs Road Community Liaison Group meeting, 7pm-9pm, Community Centre, Misson, Vicar Lane, Misson DN10 6EG. Details  

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Meeting of Salford City Council at which councillors will debate a motion on carbon emissions, fracking and new sources of fossil fuel. 9.30am, Council Chamber, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton M27 5AW. Link to agenda

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Women’s Protest, Preston New Road, nr Blackpool, 6 September 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

Women’s Call 9. March by women opposed to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool. 9.30am-12.30pm, meeting at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, PR4 3PE. Details

SOCI lecture by Sir John Beddington: Global Sustainability Challenges: food, water and energy security. 6pm for 6.30pm14-15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS. To register

Are We Going To Be Fracked? presentation by Frack Free South Yorkshire to Rotherham Momentum and TUC, 7pm-9pm, Talbot Lane Centre, Moorgate Street, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 2EY. Details

Truth Juice Fracking awareness event, with speaker Ian R Crane, 7pm, 2Funky Music Cafe, New Park Street, Leicester LE3 5NH. Details

All you need to know about fracking. Talk by Peter Webb followed by Q and A, 7.30pm-9.30pm, The Coal Yard, Irland Station House, Salford M44 5ZR. For details and tickets contact Tony on 0161 222 4003 or tony@hamiltondavies.org.uk

Barlborough Against Fracking meeting, 7.30pm, Barlborough Miners Welfare, 1 California Lane, Barlborough S43 4EZ. Details

Tinker Lane Community Action Group meeting, 7.30pm, The Red Hart, Bawtry Road, Blyth, Worksop S81 8HG. Details

Thursday 21 September 2017

Kirby Misperton

A 12-hour prayer vigil in Kirby Misperton hosted by Bishop and Reverend Cray.  People are invited to drop for a few minutes or for longer. 7am-7pm, Kirby Misperton Church, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire.

World Peace Day gathering hosted by Frack Free Billingshurst and Broadford Bridge Action Group, 11am-7pm, entrance to Broadford Bridge exploration site, Adversane Lane, near Billingshurst RH14 9EB. Details

Frack Free Penistone and Stocksbridge monthly meeting, 7pm, The Friendship, 536 Manchester Road, Stocksbridge S36 2DW. Details

Are We Going To Be Fracked? presentation by Frack Free South Yorkshire to Doncaster Momentum, Church View Centre, Church View, Doncaster DN1 1AF. To be confirmed.  Details

Friday 22 September 2017

Labour and Trades Union event at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE.

Langwith & Shirebrook anti-fracking group meeting, The Jug and Glas, Queen’s Walk, Nether Langwith, Mansfield NG20 9EW. Details

Saturday 23 September 2017

Reclaim the Power National Gathering, 10.30am-5pm, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland offices, 139 Clapham Road, London SW9 0HP. Details

Leafleting guide to objection to IGas planning application for Ellesmere Port, 12 noon-3pm, Netherton Hall, Chester Road, Frodsham WA6 6UL. Details

Don’t miss the bus on climate change. Campaigners from East Sussex board a Big Lemon bus for a tour of the county promoting fossil fuel divestment of pensions. Details

Sheffield Against Fracking stall at Victoria Quay and Sheffield Waterfront Festival, 10am-4pm, Victoria Quays, Wharf Street, Sheffield S2 5SY. Details

South Yorkshire Fossil Free stall on May Day Green, Barnsley S70 1RH. Details

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Film screening of The Bentley Effect, doors open 7pm, Glastonbury Town Hall, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9EL.

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  1. Caroline Lucas now! And next week it is the leader of the Raving Loony Party.

    It seems that association with individuals is seen as a PR boost. Well, you really need to be careful about who those individuals are. They may be seen by some as a PR boost, but the idea of PR is to reach a wide audience, not add comfort to a few.

  2. If she was Refricktion, she wouldn’t desperately keep seeking ‘photo opportunities. Anyone remember the “Progressive Alliance”? Then we have poor old Vince, who seems to have tried their potty program and thinks he could be PM!
    They say we get the politicians we deserve. Well, there are an awful lot of them I could not see getting a proper job outside of politics, but I’m not sure politics should be a refuge for the unemployable. Will be interesting when they have to go back to managing a country, in 18 months time. Just think, at the next election they all might have to propose how they intend to do that, factually and in detail. That could be novel.

  3. Funny week for the UK’s electricity and gas supply, coal generating 10% of electricity supply this morning as against normal 0-3%. Gas supplies from Norway reduced, presumably some maintenance outage, being replaced by increased North Sea supply. .Electricity imports from Europe also lower than usual. Renewable supply likely to be mediocre this week due to lowish wind speeds and semi-cloudy skies. Voltage variable (but within safe limits) presumably due to Grid efforts to balance output. In my opinion just an illustration of why we need a variety of sources of electricity in order to ensure security of supply.

    Big issue for this winter is the price we’ll have to pay for the 20% of our gas we import in the form of LNG, the Grid say we’ll get our share of the current glut but with most of the world turning to gas to replace coal and/or reduce pollution how long will that last?

  4. Yes, Shalewatcher, it is interesting not only for this winter, but beyond.

    It looks as if nuclear up-dates beyond Hinkley will be reliant upon the Chinese, with the security risks that imposes, and wind projects off Scotland will be gannet mincers if the RSPB don’t manage to stop them, and then provide electricity at prices similar to Hinkley.

    Points towards more gas, secure UK gas would solve a few issues, slower replacement of nuclear (perhaps smaller projects, and didn’t the UK used to make nuclear reactors?) and greater restrictions upon wind farms in respect to sensitive wild life areas.

    Don’t think Caroline Lucas would see it that way.

  5. Wind, hydro and solar power in the country’s electricity mix climbed to a record 35 percent in the first half.

    Clever Germany

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-energy-renewables/germany-produced-record-35-percent-of-power-from-renewables-in-first-half-idUSKBN19N0GQ

    UK Conservative Government being told about the stupid decisions they made by trying to put obstacles in the way of onshore wind and solar have caused a rethink. About time they got their common sense heads on.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40699986

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-41226164

    No wonder there is global divestment from fossil fuels

  6. “Clever Germany” only if you totally ignore the amount of energy being produced from coal. You know what that is John, we know what that is, but just ignore as it is a little inconvenient.

    Just about sums up the way the antis try to bend the facts.

    • John are you suggesting this a suitable model for the Uk? Germany has a massive back-up of brown coal electricity generation for times when wind speeds are low and solar is not available.

      In the Uk hydro is only a tiny producer and is unlikely to be any bigger in the foreseeable future (the Llanberis power station took 10 years to build) so you are left only with solar and wind.

      On a still freezing cold evening in February there will be practically no solar or wind generation which logically means we need a very large back-up source of generation. You choose where that back-up comes from, coal, nuclear or gas? Again just to repeat that the energy generation planning task is to balance the three factors of environmental sustainability, affordability, and security of supply.

  7. Information from the media this week indicate that electricity bills the UK could be set to rise this winter after the cost of power jumped well above last year’s prices. The wholesale price of winter electricity in the UK market is on average 16% above what it was this time last year.

    There are again concerns about French nuclear outages due to safety concerns and coal prices in Germany (which supplies 25% of their electricity in winter) are rising markedly. French forward electricity prices for November are now above UK prices for the first time in years. The interconnector with France is two-way and any French nuclear shutdowns could reverse the flow into France especially at peak periods.

    On another separate energy security issue it was reported this week that the Saudi’s considered military action against Qatar earlier this year and had to be warned off by, would you believe it, peacemaker in chief, President Trump. Since we import LNG from Qatar and will be increasingly dependent on it in future years, a major loss of supply would again either threaten energy security and/or raise prices.

  8. Sorry to be unpleasant, but I do hope the prayer meeting tomorrow at KM spares a thought for the wellbeing of our elderly and vulnerable who may be driven into energy poverty by rising energy prices. As well as considering environmental concerns we need to be thinking about the other two legs of the energy trilemma, affordability and security of supply.

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