DrillOrDrop’s November 2017 digest of news about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas updated daily.
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Top headlines in November 2017
- High Court grants INEOS continuing injunction against anti-fracking protests – evidence reveals hazards of shale site materials
- Legal loophole delays decision on fracking consent at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site
- Cuadrilla publishes revised traffic plans for Roseacre Wood – more lives at risk say campaigners
- London Mayor tells councils to block fracking plans
- INEOS seeks to bypass local decisions on two shale applications
- Surrey county council faces challenges from company and campaigners over Leith Hill oil site
- UKOG drops oil production plans at Markwells Wood in South Downs
- Monitoring group calls for independent review of protest policing
- Protest trials: 10 campaigners acquitted and 12 found guilty of obstruction at Cuadrilla’s Lancashire site
- Angus Energy’s Lidsey flow rates below expectations
- Public inquiry into Egdon’s Wressle oil plans
- Opposition to fracking reaches new record high
30 November 2017
Reaction to legal loophole and Third Energy’s fracking plans. DrillOrDrop report
Kevin Barron asks parliamentary question about INEOS request for decisions on East Midlands shale applications to be decided by a planning inspector. DrillOrDrop report
Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, asks parliamentary question on risk assessment of pipeline to take shale gas from Third Energy’s KM8 well in North Yorkshire. DrillOrDrop report
Lock-on fracking protest duo are found guilty of blocking key road. The Blackpool Gazette reports two men, Liam Dodson and Connor Schwartz, were found guilty of obstructing the highway outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site during a lock-on protest. they were each given two-year conditional discharges and ordered to pay £145 costs.
How could Sheffield be affected by fracking?The Sheffield Star reports on the views of supporters, opponents and those neutral on fracking in south Yorkshire.
UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC (AIM:UKOG) Returns Under Review. Financial News looks at the valuation metrics for UKOG, the company behind Broadford Bridge in West Sussex and other sites across the Weald Basin.
29 November 2017
“More lives at risk” from Cuadrilla’s revised traffic plans for proposed fracking site. DrillOrDrop report on Cuadrilla’s new two routes to Roseacre Wood near Blackpool Link to Cuadrilla proposals on its website, Blackpool Gazette, BBC News, Lancashire Evening Post (30/11/2017)
Drills and spills. Private Eye reports on surface water problems at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.
Council chief hits out at call to take fracking decision out of Derbyshire hands. The Derbyshire Times reports that Cllr Barry Lewis, the leader of Derbyshire County Council, has written an open letter to INEOS. He rejects that there has been any “unreasonable delay” in processing the company’s shale gas application for Marsh Lane. He says:
“Our planning process is a democratic process. It would be wrong of us to deny local people and statutory consultees the opportunity to comment on the additional information – which was not included in Ineos’ original planning application. Allowing this opportunity does not involve an indefinite wait.”
Cllr Lewis added:
“We will not be rushed into making decisions without thorough consultation and examination of the facts”.
Opinion: Fracking issue should be settled right here in Derbyshire. Phil Bramley in The Derbyshire Times writes about INEOS’s decision to ask a planning inspector to decide on its Marsh Lane shale gas application. He says:
“The council is right to take its time to get its decision right – it will prove a landmark test case for the future of fracking right across the UK. But more importantly it will create a lasting legacy of consequence for local people – which is why the question should be settled right here, in Derbyshire.”
Town council raises concerns on seismic testing. The Gazette and Herald reports that Norton Town Council in Ryedale is to consider holding a public meeting with neighbouring councils following approaches to local landowners for permission to carry out seismic testing on their land.War
YP Letters: Letters to farmers show fracking ambitions. Jenny Hellowell, writing to The Yorkshire Post, says farmers in Ryedale are being approached by INEOS for permission to carry out seismic testing.
War of petition over anti-fracking camp. The Gazette and Herald reports on two rival petitions on the campaign site 38 degrees – one calling for the removal of the protest camp at Kirby Misperton and the other supporting it. [The opposition petition has since been removed from the website]
Further interest in Horse Hill. Alba Resources reports it has acquired a further 3.1% interest in Horse Hill Developments Ltd from Regency Mines. This brings Alba’s shareholder in HHDL to 18.1%. It is the second largest shareholder in HHDL behind UK Oil & Gas Investments plc. The deal cost £630,000.
Regency Mines loss narrows. Regency Mines reports its pretax loss for the year to June 2017 fell to £534,267 from £2m in the year before. The company has a 2% indirect stake in an oil and gas operation in the Weald Basin.
Anti fracking group hold an awareness-raising session for residents. The Gainsborough Standard reports that Woodsetts Against Fracking held an awareness-raising session in Dinnington.
28 November 2017
Deadline extended on frack handout. Cuadrilla reports that it has extended by three weeks the deadline for local households in the Preston New Road area for a share of £100,000 community benefit. The deadline is now 20 December 2017. Cuadrilla said about two-thirds of eligible households had responded. The company told DrillOrDrop that “the vast majority are positive responses. But there were a few incomplete responses we’ve had to go back to get further information.” Blackpool Gazette
We’re not paid to protest. The Blackpool Gazette carries a letter from Jill Walton who rebuts rumours that anti-fracking protesters are paid £80 a day by Greenpeace. She said
“This would be a very useful addition to my pension (yes, I have had a job, thank you). Alas, it is not true. Most of the protesters are local to the area, many of us pensioners reluctantly spending our hard-earned retirement by the side of a road in all weathers to protest against this inherently risky industry with its toxic consequences.”
27 November 2017
Revealed: INEOS secret court evidence on hazards of shale site materials. DrillOrDrop investigation
UK Onshore Oil and Gas hits out as London Mayor urges fracking ban. UKOOG press release responding to the Draft London plan, expected to be published on 29 November 2017, in which Sadiq Kahn is expected to tell London boroughs they should block the exploration, appraisal or production of shale gas via hydraulic fracturing. Energy Voice
Pollution fears after Preston New Road fracking site floods. The Blackpool Gazette reports concerns about risk of pollution if flood water contaminated with chemicals and drilling mud from Cuadrilla’s shale gas site reached neighbouring fields and watercourses.
Government publishes industrial strategy white paper with one reference to shale gas. The document, launched by Theresa May and Business Secretary Greg Clark, focuses on clean growth and the data economy. On shale gas it says:
“The emerging shale gas industry offers the prospect of creating jobs, enhancing the competitiveness of downstream sectors and building up supply chains. We are considering how to implement our proposal for a Shale Environmental Regulator. We will support the development of these industries while recognising the devolved nature of planning in the devolved nations, and will work with the sector to explore its potential contribution to clean growth through technologies such as carbon capture, use and storage, and the hydrogen economy.”
Three arrested near Kirby Misperton fracking site. North Yorkshire Police reported three men aged 27, 34 and 43 were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after a number of holes were found cut in the fence at Third Energy’s site. The 43-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of resisting a police officer and a public order offence. They were released under investigation, the police said. ITV News
Egdon Resources UK Ltd publishes accounts for year ending 31 July 2017. The subsidiary of Egdon Resources plc reports that turnover and other operating income were down compared with the year before. But the loss for the financial year as also down compared with 2016. Key figures:
Turnover: £686,728 (2016: £879,261)
Other operating income: £52,095 (2016: £106,480)
Cost of sales: -£1,071,188 (2016: -£2,198,522)
Administrative expenses: -£682,641 (2016: -£713,114)
Loss for the financial year: £1,138,622 (2016: £1,948,458)
Net assets: £3,253,922 (2016: £4,392,544)
Trading losses carried forward: £37,070,499 (2016: £33,303,565)
Your chance to quiz police on their performance. The York Press reports that the next North Yorkshire Police public accountability meeting is at 1.30pm on Tuesday 28 November 2017. It is expected to cover anti-fracking protests at Kirby Misperton will be livestreamed at northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk
26 November 2017
Campaigners explain why they will fight on against INEOS fracking protest injunction. DrillOrDrop report
What’s happening this week? DrillOrDrop’s event listing for 27 November-3 December 2017
Sadiq Khan to tell London councils they should ban fracking. The Guardian reports that the Mayor of London will, in effect, ban fracking in the capital. In the Draft London plan, expected to be published this week, he will tell councils they should block the exploration, appraisal or production of shale gas via hydraulic fracturing. He will also make clear that any proposals that reach his desk will be thrown out, warning the process could pollute water supplies and put health at risk. BBC News, Business Green (27/11/2017), Mayor of London press release, Rigzone
Boom in renewables weakens fracking’s case in UK, says Tory MP. The Guardian reports comments by James Heappey, the Conservative MP tasked with developing the party’s energy policy. He says the case for fracking in Britain has weakened because of government action to extract more oil and gas from the North Sea and meteoric growth in renewable power. In an interview with the paper, he says:
“If we can fill the gap in revenues through the North Sea, and renewables and clean tech are developing so quickly that gas as a bridge fuel [to renewables] is less important, you just start to wonder what the need is [for shale].”
Fracking protest is not in my name. Jerry Swift, who lives near Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site, writes to the Gazette and Herald, that he would prefer the countryside to remain unspoilt but reluctantly supports exploration for local gas. He urges protesters:
“stop racking up my council tax bill because you think you are protecting me with my blessing. I do not want your protection and you do not have my blessing.”
24 November 2017
Campaigners begin legal action against council over decision on oil site near Leith Hill beauty spot. DrilllOrDrop report
Huge clean up operation swings into action after ‘unprecedented’ rainfall brings devastating floods across the Fylde Coast. The Blackpool Gazette has a picture of flooding outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site.
UKOG loan conversion. UKOG announces that investors who lent the company £10m have converted another £500,000 into shares.
Lancashire and Yorkshire United. Adela Pickles, of Frack Free Ryedale, writes to the Lancashire Post in protest at plans by Cuadrilla to extend the hours that it can bring in deliveries to its Preston New Road site
23 November 2017
Breaking: High Court judge rules that INEOS injunction against anti-fracking protesters continues. DrillOrDrop report, The Guardian, Channel 4, BBC News, DeSmog UK, Times and Star, INEOS press release
What the judge said in his ruling on INEOS fracking protest injunction. DrillOrDrop review of the key points
Caroline Lucas calls in parliament for a review of Lancashire Police operation at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. DrillOrDrop report
£3M fundraising. Angus Energy announces it had raised £3m in a private placing with institutional and private investors with the issue of 23,076,924 ordinary shares at 13p per share. The company says the purpose of the offering is to increase capitalization and financial flexibility. It will pay for operational and other costs related to the delay in drilling the Holmwood exploration well; fund power generation facilities at Brockham. Angus also said it was issuing 769,231 new ordinary shares to satisfy contractors’ fee. The announcement contained a statement about inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation.
Motion to block seismic tests on Nottinghamshire County Council land defeated. Nottingham Post and Frack Free Nottinghamshire report that a motion to prevent seismic surveying on council owned or managed land was rejected at the full meeting of the council. See also Lincolnshire Live
Ryedale Area Committee rearranged. North Yorkshire County Council reports that the meeting suspended when campaigners protested about not being able to ask a question has been rearranged for 11 December 2017. York Press
It takes six months to get to this point and then you get gas for decades. The Derbyshire Times reports from a trip to Pennsylvania shale sites arranged by INEOS for local journalists.
Slow walking protest facilitated by police outside Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site. DrillOrDrop Protest Update, Gazette and Herald
Environmental permit application for crude oil loading, storage and treatment at Glentworth K wellsite, near Gainsborough DN21 5DW. Details
22 November 2017
UKOG drops oil production plans at Markwells Wood in South Downs National Park but says it will submit application in weeks. DrillOrDrop report
Anti-frackers to protest outside ‘closed meeting’ tonight where IGas will address councillors. The Chester Chronicle reports that anti-fracking protesters will demonstrate outside a “closed meeting” where IGas will give a presentation to councillors tonight at Thornton Science Park. Frack Free Frodsham and Helsby and Helsby Parish Council said the public was excluded from the meeting.
Derbyshire woman and four others deny obstructing workers during anti-fracking protest. The Derbyshire Times reports that a Chesterfield woman and four others have been accused of obstructing lorries during anti-fracking protests outside the PR Marriott depot at Danesmoor in July. The case has been adjourned until 11 December 2017.
Fifty at Burnley anti-fracking meeting. The Lancashire Telegraph reports on a meeting in Burnley organised by Keep East Lancashire Frack Free. The paper says local people have become concerned that the exploration company, Osprey, intends to drill for gas near Burnley.
21 November 2017
Europa to challenge council over Leith Hill oil site – company accused of not talking to residents. DrillOrDrop report, Europa Oil & Gas statement, Angus Energy statement, Shares Magazine, Proactive Investors, Energy Voice
INEOS’s chequered environmental track record in Europe. Food & Water Watch Europe reports that INEOS manufacturing sites in Eruope have seen accidents, safety lapses, chemical leaks, substantial pollutant releases, fires and explosions.
Premier Oil sells interests in Wytch Farm. Premier Oil announces it has entered a sale and purchase agreement to sell interests in Licences LL089 and P534, containing the Wytch Farm field, to Perenco UK Ltd. Energy Voice
Bail conditions. The Blackpool Gazette reports that 30-year-old John Knox has been refused a change of his bail conditions. Blackpool Magistrates heard police regarded him as a “top offender” among shale gas drilling protesters. He has denied tampering with a tanker outside Cuadrilla’s site at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. Mr Knox is not allowed to go to the section of the road between Maple Farm and Westby Road.
20 November 2017
Police and campaigners respond to criticism of anti-fracking protest policing. DrillOrDrop report
UKOG loan conversion. UK Oil & Gas Investments plc announces that Cuart Investments PCC Ltd and YA II PN Ltd, who loaned the company £10m on 15 November 2017, have converted £500,000 into equity. Interactive Investor
You missed the point – David Lenigas gives both Twitter barrels to Angus Energy critics. Proactive Investors says David Lenigas believes the excitement at Angus Energy’s Lidsey field is in the Kimmeridge and Oxford Clays.
Why the fracking fight in Kirby Misperton rumbles on. BBC News reports on protests outside Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site in North Yorkshire.
Police say fracking site officers have been “back on the beat“. The Gazette and Herald reports that police have been able to divert staff away from the fracking site at Kirby Misperton after peaceful protest activity.
Protesters have been “economical with truth“. The Blackpool Gazette reports Liz Beck lost her appeal against her conviction for a public order offence following a lock-on protest at Cuadrilla’s fracking site. Her appeal at Preston was dismissed and she was ordered to pay £285 costs, the paper says.
Oil firm’s plan to drill offshore well 6km from Studland Nature Reserve. The Bournemouth Daily Echo reports that Corallian Energy, which took over InfraStrata’s P1918 licence last year, hopes to drill south of Poole Bay’s Wytch Farm oilfield.
Opening of consultation of Issues and Options Consultation Document – the next phase of Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan for the period up to 2036. The consultation runs until 14 January 2017. Web link to documents
Fracking can affect prices. Councillor Paul Andrews, writing to the Yorkshire Post, responds to Ken Cronin’s comment that fracking will have no effect on UK house prices. Cllr Andrews says a Defra report on shale gas impacts said there could be a 7% reduction in property values within one mile of an extraction site.
INEOS to deliver first US ethane from shale gas to China. INEOS announces it has agreed a long-term supply agreement for ethane from US shale gas to China. The deal will involve the construction of a 95,000 cbm capacity ship expected to be delivered in 2019. It will be the largest ethane carrier in the world and will ship US ethane to Taixing, the company says. Energy Voice
Schools set to battle it out for big cash prizes after launch of the Young Engineers Challenge 2018. The Blackpool Gazette reports on the launch of the competition sponsored by Centrica and Cuadrilla Resources
19 November 2017
What’s happening this week? 20-26 November 2017. DrillOrDrop listing of events about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry
This is what it’s actually like to be on a fracking site. The Manchester Evening News reports from Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road.
18 November 2017
BGS admits mistake over claim that Cheshire fracking research centre was chosen after public consultation. DrillOrDrop report
17 November 2017
Preston New Road anti-fracking councillor ‘would protest again’. BBC News reports comments by Green Party’s county councillor Gina Dowding who said she would “do it again” after being found guilty of obstructing the highway outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.
Government sidesteps call for “urgent” debate on fracking and climate change. DrillOrDrop’s Fracking Week in Parliament
Arrest during visit of former Green Party leader to Kirby Misperton. DrillOrDrop Protest Update,
16 November 2017
Update on Angus Energy plan to apply for consent for Brockham oil well. Letter from Surrey County Council to Angus Energy released under Freedom of Information request. DrillOrDrop update
40 people arrested at protests associated with Third Energy’s operation at Kirby Misperton in October. DrillOrDrop Protest Update
Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett to attend protest at North Yorkshire fracking site. The Yorkshire Post reports that Natalie Bennett is to attend a rally at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site.
Group planned protest the day before lock-on. The Blackpool Gazette reports from the trial of 12 anti-fracking protesters at Blackpool Magistrates Court. And another piece from the Gazette: Barrels and pipes used in 10-hour fracking demonstration
Cuadrilla and Community Foundation Make a Winning Team. Business Lancashire reports on the Fustal Scholars Education Programme, funded by Cuadrilla and Centrica.
YP Letters: Fracking has no effects on house prices. Ken Cronin writes to the Yorkshire Post in response to an article that house prices would be devalued because of fracking in Yorkshire. Mr Cronin says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has found no market evidence of impacts on property values yet
‘Residents were NOT consulted’, admits organisation behind fracking research centre at Ince Marshes. The Chester Chronicle reports the organisation behind a proposed fracking research centre at Ince Marshes has apologised for wrongly claiming the location was selected following a consultation with landowners and local residents. Resident David Plunkett tells the Chronicle: “It is clear they did not have any 2016 consultation with local residents as they have claimed in the press release and information boards. Scandalous. I have replied saying how do they expect people to trust them.”
Keystone Pipeline spills 200,000 gallons of oil. National Geographic reports that South Dakota’s Keystone pipeline, the controversial structure whose extension triggered the Standing Rock protests, has leaked 200,000 gallons of oil, or about 5,000 barrels.
15 November 2017
Live updates from day 6 – closing session – of the public inquiry into Egdon Resources’ plans for oil production at Wressle, near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. DrillOrDrop report on closing statements
UKOG announces £10m loan for Weald oil exploration plans plus first flow test results at Broadford Bridge. DrillOrDrop report
Can UK Oil & Gas Investment really do without fracking? Proactive Investors asks how much of the Weald play will be left in the ground without fracking.
INEOS injuction ‘unworkable’, say Northwich anti-fracking group following setback. The Northwich Guardian reports comments from Frack Free Northwich on the deferral of a ruling in the INEOS injunction case.
“It is the opinion of Frack Free Northwich that the injunction sought by INEOS is both unnecessarily wide ranging and infringes on the right to free speech.
“The current wording of the injunction is so broad that it is essentially unworkable.”
14 November 2017
Live updates from day 5 of the public inquiry into Egdon Resources’ plans for oil production at Wressle, near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. DrillOrDrop report
Delays hit trial of 12 anti-frack protesters. The Blackpool Gazette reports a delay to the start of a trial of protesters, including three councillors, who locked-on outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road.
Solo Oil unveils US$5mln convertible debt funding. Proactive Investors reports that Riverfot Global Capital has funded an initial $51m to Solo Oil, with further draw downs available.
Cheshire MPs to speak at major anti-fracking demo this weekend. The Chester Standard reports that Chris Matheson (City of Chester), Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston) and Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale) will all give speeches at the the United Against Fracking event in Ellesmere Port’s Civic Square on Saturday afternoon.
13 November 2017
Letters for call for fracking ban as Third Energy waits to fracture well in Yorkshire village. DrillOrDrop report
Egdon Resources seeks to reassure residents after challenges at public inquiry to Wressle oil production plans. DrillOrDrop report
Fracking company Cuadrilla pushed Lancashire Council to remove “biased” community group chair. DeSmogUK reports on email correspondence between Cuadrilla and Lancashire County Council in which the council refuses to support Cuadrilla attempts to remove Paul Hayhurst as chair of the community liaison group for the Preston New Road site.
Baroness seeks fracking assurances from Government minister. The Darlington and Stockton Times reports that Baroness Anne McIntosh has written to the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, urging him to halt fracking at Kirby Misperton because of residents’ “grave concerns” over the operation. Yorkshire Post
12 November 2017
What’s happening this week? 13-19 November 2017. DrillOrDrop round-up of events about fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigns.
11 November 2017
Local people should have greater say in decisions – Government response on shale wealth fund. DrillOrDrop report
Property prices look set to fall in fracking locations. The Yorkshire Post quotes a Yorkshire surveyor who says homes in areas close to shale gas extraction sites could be devalued by 15-20% due to the risk of earthquake, water pollution and the number of lorries on the roads near fracking sites.
10 November 2017
Live updates from day 4 of the public inquiry into Egdon Resources’ plans for oil production at Wressle, near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. DrillOrDrop reports
Police drag Green Party co-leader away from gates of Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site. DrillOrDrop report
MPs quiz ministers on fracking baselines, monitoring, climate tests and planning changes. DrillOrDrop’s Fracking Week in Parliament
‘Time to drop this obsession with fracking … We don’t want to be the ‘dirty man of Europe’, Steve Mason, writing in The Yorkshire Post, says “It’s about time the brain kicked in at Westminster and the Government made a sensible decision to take the UK to the forefront of clean energy generation”.
9 November 2017
Live updates from day 3 of the public inquiry into Egdon Resources’ plans for oil production at Wressle, near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. DrillOrDrop report
Lorry surfer protest at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site. DrillOrDrop protest update
UK council pension investing £16.1 bn in fossil fuels. De Smog UK reports there has been no significant reduction in the level of fossil fuel investment by local council pensions since the Paris climate deal agreed two years ago. The Ecologist, STV (Councils invest £1.8bn in fossil fuels firms in two yeas) Burnley Express (£340m of Lancashire pensions invested in fossil fuels), Island Echo (Isle of Wight Council invests £43m in fossil fuels); Kent News (Kent County Council under fire for £267m pension fund investment in ‘morally bankrupt’ fossil fuels)
Exercise of options. UK Oil & Gas Investments plc announces it has received notice from the estate of Jason Berry, a former director, to exercise options for 8,000,000 shares at a value of £92,000
8 November 2017
Live updates from day 2 of the public inquiry into Egdon Resources’ plans for oil production at Wressle, near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. DrillOrDrop report
Official criticism from the OGA of Angus Energy’s operations at Brockham oil site. DrillOrDrop report
Nottinghamshire oil site runs out of time to drill any wells, despite five consecutive planning consents. DrillOrDrop report
Ready to frack – Third Energy tells residents near its Kirby Misperton gas site. DrillOrDrop report
Slow walk protest on lorry route to Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton. DrillOrDrop protest update
Man in court after fracking protest. The Blackpool Gazette reports that man appeared in court charged with obstructing the highway after allegedly spending a night on top of a tanker outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. He pleaded not guilty. He is due to appear in court again on 9 March 2018. His bail conditions preclude him from entering Preston New Road between Maple Farm and Westby Road.
7 November 2017
Live updates from day 1 of the public inquiry into Egdon Resources’ plans for oil production at Wressle, near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. DrillOrDrop report
Scarecrows against fracking event outside Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site. DrillOrDrop protest update
Slow walk protest on lorry route to Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton. DrillOrDrop protest update
No role for gas in climate crisis – new research. DrillOrDrop report on research by Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr John Broderick into gas and climate emissions budgets
6 November 2017
Angus Energy update on Lidsey oil field. In an RNS to investors, Angus Energy said initial results from drill cutting samples from the Lidsey X2 well near Bognor Regis indicated “a strong similarity to the maturing off the Kimmeridge layers at Brockham in Surrey. The company said a fault pump had delayed the start of production but this was expected this week.
Environment Agency minded to approve Cuadrilla’s permit variation. The EA announced a new consultation on its draft decision document on a variation to Cuadrilla’s permit for Preston New Road. The consultation closes on 4 December 2017. More details
Egdon Resources sells 20% stake in Fiskerton oil field to Union Jack. Egdon announces the sale for £172,000, split between £137,000 in cash and funding for re-processing of 3D data set at a cost of £35,000. The deal is subject to OGA approval. Interactive Investor, Proactive Investors, Energy Voice
5 November 2017
What’s happening this week? 6-12 November 2017. DrillOrDrop report
Fracking protester warns: Yorkshire’s gorgeous but that can be taken away. The Guardian reports on opposition to Third Energy’s plans to frack at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.
Dozens of opponents of shale gas extraction gather at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest to voice concerns about fracking. DrillOrDrop Protest update
4 November 2017
Several hundred trades unionists take part in a march through Kirby Misperton in protest at Third Energy’s fracking plans in the village. DrillOrDrop Protest update
3 November 2017
10 Greenpeace volunteers acquitted at anti-fracking protest trial following lock-on at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road. DrillOrDrop report
“Robust regulation not happening”, say residents as Cuadrilla asked again to improve water management at Lancashire fracking site. DrillOrDrop report
Update: Cuadrilla environmental breaches tally rises to five this year at Preston New Road. Spinwatch reports that Cuadrilla has now had five permit breaches recorded against it.
2 November 2017
Yorkshire peer calls for local voice on fracking. DrillOrDrop report on speech by Baroness McIntosh during rural affairs debate in the House of Lords. Gazette and Herald, Yorkshire Post, Northern Echo
Council investigates Sunday working complaints at Broadford Bridge oil exploration site in West Sussex. DrillOrDrop report
North Yorkshire Police facilitate a slow-walk protest at Kirby Misperton. DrillOrDrop Protest update
1 November 2017
Highways officer opposes INEOS Harthill shale gas plans. DrillOrDrop report
Drilling Diary – November 2017. DrillOrDrop’s listing of this month’s events about fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning
Anti-frackers in court over lock-on. The Blackpool Gazette reports on the largest trial so far arising from protests at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road. 10 people – all Greenpeace campaigners – all deny obstructing the highway on 3 May 2017.
Anti-fracking campaigners deny obstructing the highway. The Blackpool Gazette reports that four anti-fracking campaigners pleaded not guilty to obstructing the free passage of the A583 Preston New Road at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site on 31 August 2017.
Police take child to school as anti-fracking protesters cause road closures. BBC News reports how resident Ruth Hardie was delayed trying to bring her daughter home from hospital. She said:
“They [the protesters] don’t seem to understand the pressure they are putting on the villagers”
Ellesmere Port to stage major anti-fracking rally. The Chester Standard reports on a rally in Ellesmere Port on 18 November. It is due to include speeches from Labour MPs outside the civic hall, before a march round the town centre.
Nine-year-old boy hand delivers fracking letter to Prime Minister. The Derbyshire Times reports on last week’s delivery of a letter by Oliver Simpson-Greenwood to Theresa May about shale gas plans near his home in Marsh Lane, Derbyshire.
Why no speed guns to slow frack traffic? Lucy and Daniel Vulliamy, writing to The Yorkshire Post, say they visited Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site, where there were about 100 protesters, with an average age of 60, with at least 70 officers. They said there probably is a need for officers to monitor and arrest drivers of vehicles servicing the site which travelled on narrow roads over the speed limit.
Sound handling of fracking protest issue. Bernard Whittle, writing to The Blackpool Gazette, praises the response by County Councillor Michael Green to questions at last Thursday’s council meeting on fracking.
How fracking has impacted America’s air quality – and could he harming your health. The Daily Mail reports that the US fracking boom led to a new source of hydrocarbons, entering the atmosphere through leaks at valves, pipes, separators and compressors or through exhaust vents on tanks.