What’s happening this week? 25 September-1 October 2017


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Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 19 September 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

In this week’s listings

  • Fracking exhibitions by INEOS and opposition groups in Woodsetts;
  • Rallies at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site with Baroness Jones and union leaders;
  • Fracking public meetings in Blackpool, Brighton and Ellesmere Port;
  • Anti-fracking protest at the Conservative Party Conference.

Plus film screenings, meetings and conferences.

Please let us know (click hereif any of these details are incorrect or if other events should be included. Listings for October published soon.

Monday 25 September 2017

190925 INEOS exhibition invitation

INEOS drop-in exhibition about proposals for exploratory shale gas drilling at land off Dinnington Road, Woodsetts. 2.30pm-7.30pm, Woodsetts Village, Gildingwells Road, Woodsetts, Worksop S81 8QB.

The Alternative Drop-in Community Anti-fracking Exhibition, 2.30pm-7.30pm, Cricket Pavilion, Woodsetts Recreation Ground, Gildingwells Road, Woodsetts S81 8QA. Details

UK Environmental Law Association meeting on the new Environmental Impact Assessment regulations, 6pm-7.30pm, Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose St, London EC2A 2EG. To book and pay

Baroness Jones, Green Party member of the House of Lords, speaking at a rally at Maple Farm, near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, Little Plumpton PR4 3PE.

Meeting of Frodsham Town Council at which councillors will vote on a recommendation to object to shale gas and coal bed methane testing or extraction in the Greater Frodsham area until the council is convinced of the safety of the process. 7pm, Castle Park House, Castle Park, Frodsham, Cheshire. Details

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Tractor rally Against Fracking, meeting 9.30am, Wnadale Lane, Great Barugh YOU17 6XT.  Details

Farmers Against Fracking rally, 10am, meeting at Third Energy’s fracking site gate, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, YO17 6XS. Details

Ellesmere Port meeting poster

Would They Frack Ellesmere Port? Public awareness-raising meeting hosted by Ellesmere Port Frack Free and Frack Free Upton, 7pm-9.30pm, Westminster Computer Centre, Church Parade, Ellesmere Port CH65 2ER. Details

Can we stop fracking from Lancashire to Algeria: decolonising our Energy. Meeting hosted by Labour Energy Forum, part of Repowering Britain. 8.30pm-10pm, Buddies CafeBar, 46-48 King’s Road, Brighton BN1 1NA. Details

Is Farcking good poster for 170927Wednesday 27 September 2017

Women’s Call 10, regular women’s rally, 9.30am-12.30pm, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Details

Free talk on protest law by Helen White, Howells Solicitors, 6pm, Irvin Mitchell Solicitors, Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8DT. Register interest at ylanorth@gmail.com and details

Is fracking good for Blackpool? Public meeting hosted by Residents Action on Fylde Fracking, with speakers: Tina Rothery, Susan Lofthouse and Alan Schofield. 7pm-9pm, The Studio, Grand Theatre, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HT. Details

Dronfield Against Fracking monthly meeting, 7.15pm-9pm, Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XP. To be confirmed. Details

Thursday 28 September 2017

Scheduled date for second meeting of Environmental Forum for Chester, chaired by Chris Mathewson MP. to be confirmed.

New Scientist Live, 10am-5pm, ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL Details

The Dangers of Fracking and What Went Wrong at West Newton A, talk at Bridlington North Library, Martongate, Bridlington YO16 6YD. Details

Frack Free Ashfield monthly meeting, 7.30pm-9pm, Duke of Wellington, Church Street, Kirkby in Ashfield NG17 8LA.

Friday 29 September 2017

Closing date for comments on environmental permit application by Angus Energy for the Lidsey Well Site. Details

Stand with Lancashire image

Friends of the Earth Stand with Lancashire protest

Stand with Lancashire against fracking. Friends of the Earth rally at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, FY4 5RN. Details

New Scientist Live, 10am-5pm, ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL Details

Northern Irish anti-fracking visit to Preston New Road, hosted by Friends of the Earth Central Lancashire, 12 noon-4pm,  Maple Farm, Preston New Road, FY4 5RN. Details

Quakers against fracking, 1pm-2pm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton PR4 3PE. Details

Labour and Trades Union event at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Speakers include Stephen Hall, president of Greater Manchester Association of Trades Unions, and Ian Hodson, President of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union.

No faith in fracking event, Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. Details

Fracking and radiation issues – what are the dangers? Nuclear Free Local Authorities  steering committee special autumn seminar with Dr Ian Fairlie and Dr John Busby. 1.30pm-3pm, Committee Room 5, Level 2, Town Hall Extension, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M60 2LA. Free but registration essential. Contact: Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary, c/o Policy, Partnerships and Research, Level 5, Town Hall Extension,
Manchester, M60 2LA Telephone: 0161 234 3244 Email: s.morris4@manchester.gov.uk

Saturday 30 September 2017

New Scientist Live, 10am-5pm, ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL Details

Car boot sale with proceeds to Woodsetts Against Fracking, 10am-2pm, Woodsetts Recreation Ground, Gildingwells Road, Worksop S81 8QA. Details

Screening of A River, featured film about the River Afan, narated by Michael Sheen, doors open 6.30pm, film at 7pm, Neuadd Victoria Hall, Bryan Road, Lampeter. Details

Sunday 1 October 2017

New Scientist Live, 10am-5pm, ExCel London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL Details

National Demonstration as part of the Take Back Manchester Festival, organised by People’s Assembly, to coincide with the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. Details and more here

Protest the Tory Party conference: climate and fracking block, 11am-4.30pm, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WU. Details

Legal Observer Training with Green and Black Cross, hosted by Kirby Misperton Protection Camp, 12.30pm-6pm, Kirby Misperton Protection Camp, YO17 6UE. Details


5 replies »

  1. Those schools etc. that are already within a similar distance of an existing oil refinery, at Ellesmere Port?? Strange one.

  2. The standoff distance is for Coal Bed Methane wells. I am not sure why 2km was selected. Maybe because there is a lot of Australia, and not many homes. Hence the requirement is not onerous.
    The requirement is not frack specific as far as I can see,
    There is no restriction it seems on vents or flares being next to homes.

  3. Report this week from the Climate Policy Initiative on the energy needs of developing countries especially the need for clean cooking facilities. Hundreds of thousands of mainly women and children suffer health damage due to using wood burning cooking facilities often in poorly ventilated conditions.

    “In 2014, 1.06 billion people still lacked access to electricity and more than 3.04 billion lacked access to clean cooking. Most these populations are in developing countries, pre- dominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia (IEA and World Bank, 2017).

    The connection between access to energy, and economic growth and prosperity, is irrefutable (IEA, 2016). Research shows that access to modern energy services is critical for reducing poverty, improving health, increasing productivity and promoting a country’s overall economic development (SEAR, 2017).

    Access to energy services is important for providing clean water, sanitation and healthcare, and reliable and efficient lighting, heating, cooking, mechanical power, transport and telecommunications services. The challenges inherent in achieving universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy ser- vices by 2030 a mere 13 years from now—are enormous, particularly for the 20 high-impact countries.”

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