What’s happening this week? 9-15 October 2017

Jessica Ernst

In this week’s listings

  • Tour by Canadian campaigner Jessica Ernst;
  • Labour Day event at Kirby Misperton, N Yorks;
  • Drop-in meetings on plans for underground geological observatory in Cheshire;
  • Global Frackdown Day and International Day of Action on Climate Change.

Plus meetings, presentations, parliamentary questions and  rallies.

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

Monday 9 October 2017

Romaine Phoenix, former co-chair of The People’s Assembly) is main speaker at “Green Monday” rally at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE.

The Story of how Fracking Ruined My Water, presentation by Canadian Jessica Ernst on how she took legal action against the oil and gas company, Encana, and the Alberta government and energy regulator when regulations failed. 7pm, The Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton YO17 7LX.

Reviewing the Government policy of making no funding available to meet the additional policing costs of fracking. Oral questions in the House of Lords. Details

Tuesday 10 October 2017

The Story of how Fracking Ruined My Water, presentation by Canadian Jessica Ernst on how she took legal action against the oil and gas company, Encana, and the Alberta government and energy regulator when regulations failed. 7.30pm, Eckington Civic Centre, Market Street, Eckington, Derbyshire S21 4JG. Details

Frack Free Misson meeting to discuss exploratory well site a Springs Road, 7.30pm, Angel Inn, Dame Lane, Misson, Doncaster DN10 6EB. Details

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Labour Day at Kirby Misperton. Event organised by Thirsk and Malton Constituency Labour Party. 8.30am, entrance to Third Energy fracking site, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire.

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Meeting by British Geological Survey about plans for a Geo-energy Observatory at Ince Marshes. 10am-12 noon, Elton Village Hall, School Lane, Elton, Chester, CH2 4LT. Details

Meeting by British Geological Survey about plans for a Geo-energy Observatory at Ince Marshes. 6pm-8pm, Thornton Church Hall. Details

The Story of how Fracking Ruined My Water, presentation by Canadian Jessica Ernst on how she took legal action against the oil and gas company, Encana, and the Alberta government and energy regulator when regulations failed. 7pm, St Anne’s-on-the-Sea United Reformed Church, St George’s Road, Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire FY8 2AD. Details

Mosborough Against Fracking monthly meeting, 7.30pm, Queen’s Hotel, 135 High Street, Mosborough S20 5AF. Details

Thursday 12 October 2017

Scheduled date of case of campaigners charged over lock-on protests outside the Broadford Bridge oil exploration site. 10am, Brighton Magistrates Court, Edward Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0LG
Cresswell anti-fracking meeting with guest speaker, David Kesteven, 7.15pm, Limestone House, 50-54 Elmton Road, Cresswell S80 4JE. Details

Friday 13 October 2017

Fundraising auction event for Harthill Against Fracking, 7.30pm, Harthill Village Hall, Winney Hill, Harthill S26 7YL. Details

Saturday 14 October 2017

GlobalFrackdownDay 171014

Global Frackdown initiated by Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Watch Europe. Details 

Friends of the Earth International Day of Action on Climate Change. Details

Photocall with wildlife theme to highlight potential impact of shale gas drilling on local site of special scientific interest, 9.30am, Misson Village Green, Misson, Doncaster. Details

Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground, rally hosted by Friends of the Earth Sheffield, with speakers Paul Blomfield MP, Tina Rothery (Frack Free Lancashire), Richard Dyer (Friends of the Earth), John Campbell (Unison), David Kesteven (Eckington Against Fracking), Janet Paske (Fossil Free South Yorkshire). 10.30am-12 noon, Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA. Details

Nottingham says No Fracking Here, No Fracking Anywhere, 11am-2pm, The Fountains, Market Square, Nottingham. Details

Slow running Saturday. Local runners are planning a “slow run” past the gates of Third Energy’s fracking site, 11am, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire.

Global Frackdown event, 1.30pm-3pm, Maple Farm Community Hub, Preston New Road, near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Details

Let’s Celebrate the Fracking Ban on Global Frackdown Day, event by Love Leitrim, national and international speakers, 7.30pm, The Rainbow Ballroom, Glenfarne, Co Leitrim, Ireland. Details

Sunday 15 October 2017

We Care Walk, as part of Protect Our Futures Day. 10.30am, Kings Mill Reservoir Visitors Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 4PA. Details

3 replies »

  1. Quite how Jessica Ernst’s story is of relevance in the UK eludes me. This was shallow CBM extraction. In many cases fracking was done ABOVE the levels of water wells. Guess what. Water supplies became polluted and they found toxic chemicals in em. Absolutely appalling and I am glad that she won over these appalling practices by a bad drilling company.

    However in the UK
    1. No one is currently proposing CBM. It has a whole different set of risks to shale gas. The gas is extracted by dewatering.
    2. Drilling is not allowed in water abstraction areas (SPZ1)
    3. Fracking must be below 1000m, and needs a formal permission from just about everyone.
    4. There has never been a case of water pollution from deep shale fracking.
    5. There are many other pollution avoiding measures that are avoided, such as open pits and fluid proof wellpads.

  2. Nice try Ken. Not only are there (pretty much) the same above-ground risks but just because the target zone is a mile or so down there is no getting around the fact that all layers have to be penetrated, for each and every well (and we are talking about 100’s to 1000’s ultimately), to reach that zone. The most common type of failure is cement failure – cement that is, as you must know, supposed to bind the well casings perfectly to all levels of strata surrounding the bore hole which is roughly an inch larger than the outer casings. Plenty of studies have found those failure rates to be significant, not vanishingly small as the industry likes to claim. Imperfect binding, cracks and failures over time allow vertical pathways around the shafts for fluids and gases to seep into different zones, including aquifers. 4. is simply wrong.

    You make reasonable points about Coal Bed Methane but Jessica’s story is interesting for all kinds of reasons not least about how the regulatory authorities and corporations use highly questionable tactics to obscure and avoid any liabilities when things don’t go to plan. Her experiences will speak to legitimate concerns that many people in the UK have (quite reasonably).

    • You are correct to surmise that sealing is not always perfect. However, that is why the HSE require an extra level of casing and sealing back to the surface (where possible… there are limitations to this, ironically to do with fracture pressure and cement pump pressure. Neither are cement bond logs a perfect indicator. (I used to run em, and try to evaluate them.
      That being said, there is no hydrostatic pressure sufficient to cause fluids to rise 1000m. That is why lighter fluids like oil generally have to be pumped out in the low pressure UK. That fact is recognised in the Royal Academy of Engineering report and any geology person would tell you that. Certain issue in the US (Pavilion Wyoming) have been caused by failing to even bother cementing surface formations, meaning gas has bubbled up, causing problems. That is bad well design not permitted here.
      I simply pointed out some of the key points in the regulatory system that many say do not exist, that would prevent. There are many more.

      In terms of companies avoiding their responsibilities, that again is covered by financial requirements, and a bond is required if they are not satisfied. You see its all been looked at.

      How is any of this ‘highly questionable’? Regulations have all been open to public consultation, and are finalised here (This is one of the many many docs) https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/545924/LIT_10495.pdf

      Thats why the planning docs are hundreds of pages long, open to consultation, and public. None of that I suspect applies in Canada.

      I would be on your (and Jessica’s) side of the fence were all this not watertight. But the regs are in place and so the opposition has nothing to complain about.

      BTW,. of the 2000+ wells in the UK, none of them have any serious concerns. This was looked at by ReFine. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969715312535

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