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November 2017 drilling headlines

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DrillOrDrop’s October 2017 digest of news about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas updated daily.

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17 November 2017

Cuadrilla fracking protest trial – 12 found guilty of obstruction but cleared on trades union charges. DrillOrDrop report

Lidsey oil flow rates announced at 40 bopd – below expectations, says Angus. DrillOrDrop report

Government sidesteps call for “urgent” debate on fracking and climate change. DrillOrDrop’s Fracking Week in Parliament

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

Latest figures reveal £230,000 spent in one month on policing Yorkshire fracking site protests. The Yorkshire Post reports North Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner has confirmed policing the Kirby Misperton anti-fracking protests had cost £233,704 in October. The figures include overtime, mutual aid, equipment, subsistence and travel costs. BBC News reports that the total costs have now reached £400,000.

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

Council ordered to release “strictest confidence” email on INEOS shale gas plans in N Yorkshire. DrillOrDrop report, Northern Echo

UKOG announces £10m loan for Weald oil exploration plans plus first flow test results at Broadford Bridge. DrillOrDrop report

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North Yorks council meeting shelved after protest over fracking question. DrillOrDrop report, Minster FM, Gazette and Herald

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.

Woman arrested after gluing herself to Kirby Misperton fracking site gates. The Northern Echo reports that a 39-year-old woman has been charged after gluing herself to the entrance gate at Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton. She will appear in court in York in January 2018. The York Press, Yorkshire Post

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

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Lorry protest, Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site, 9 November 2017. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

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

Women chain themselves to railings in suffragette-style protest at Tory HQ against  Third Energy’s Yorkshire fracking plans. DrillOrDrop report, Minster FM

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Residents vote to share Cuadrilla’s £100,000 fracking fund –  but some reject “blood money”. DrillOrDrop report, The Times, The FT, BBC News, The Guardian, Blackpool Gazette

North Yorkshire Police facilitate slow walk protest. DrillOrDrop Protest update, Yorkshire Post

Lorry surfing and sit-down protest outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas siteDrillOrDrop Protest update, Blackpool Gazette

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 villageDrillOrDrop 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

Judge defers decision on INEOS fracking protest injunction. DrillOrDrop report, Energy Voice

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

Opposition to fracking at record high and support at lowest levels ever – latest government survey. DrillOrDrop report, The Energyst, Business Green

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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

INEOS protest injunction having a “chilling effect” on fracking debate, court told. DrillOrDrop report on High Court hearing. The Guardian (Fracking protest injunction based on ‘flimsy evidence’)

Highways officer opposes INEOS Harthill shale gas plans. DrillOrDrop report

UK’s biggest shale company just got bigger. DrillOrDrop report on INEOS acquisition of Total licences. The Times,  Interactive Investor, Natural Gas World, INEOS

 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.

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