What’s happening this week? 20-26 August 2018

180820 Ashton and Bartlett

In this week’s listings

  • Rally in south east England by EarthFirst summer gathering
  • Jamie Bartlett and John Ashton to speak at rally outside Preston New Road
  • Frack Free Scarborough visit Lancashire
  • Seven local group meetings
  • Plus regular gatherings

Diary for August 2018 and beyond. Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong.

Monday 20 August 2018

180820 Frack Free SussexGet the frack out of our countryside. Demonstration against onshore oil and gas operations. 10.30am, Horse Hill Horley RH6. Details

Green Monday at Preston New Road shale gas site. Speakers include Jamie Bartlett, Director of Demos Social Media Centre and author of the book, Radicals, and former climate ambassador, John Ashton. 12.30pm onwards, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool  PR4 3PE. Details

Visit to oil and gas site and rally as part of Earth First! Summer Gathering 2018. Six days of skill-sharing for grassroots ecological direct action on fracking, new roads and more. Runs until Tuesday 21 August 2018, Horsham.  Details and link to tickets

Frack Free Ashfield meeting. 7pm, Scout Hut (next to Carnarvon Pub), Fackley Road, Teversal, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 3HN. Details

Bolsover Against Fracking meeting. 7.30pm, Assembly Rooms, Hill Top, Bolsover Chesterfield S44 6NG. Details

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Frack Free Scarborough visit to Preston New Road. Leaves Scarborough railway station at 6am, with pick ups at Wentworth Arms, Malton (6.30am) and the Designer Centre car park, York (7am). Contact scarboroughfrackfree@gmail.com for more information.

180815 Earth First

Earth First! Summer Gathering 2018. Final day of skill-sharing for grassroots ecological direct action on fracking, new roads and more. Runs until Tuesday 21 August 2018, Horsham.  Details and link to tickets

Frack Free Pickering meeting. 7pm-8pm, Friends Meeting House, 19 Castlegate, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7AX. Details

Frack Free Tinker Lane meeting. 7.30pm, Red Hart Hotel, Bawtry Road, Blyth S81 8HG. Details

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Women’s Call march and vigil. 9.30am-10.30am, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Details

180822 Let communities decide

Lancashire Let Communities Decide meeting. Public meeting on government proposals to class exploratory drilling as permitted development, bypassing the need for planning permission. 6pm-8pm, Dice n Donuts, Butler Street, Preston PR1 8BN. Details

Dronfield Against Fracking

Coal Aston and Dronfield Against Fracking Meeting. 7.15pm, Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XP. Details

Thursday 23 August 2018

Frack Free Misson weekly meeting.  7.30pm, The Angel Inn, Dame Lane, Misson, Nottinghamshire DN10 6EB.

Friday 24 August 2018

180824 countryfile filmingCountryFile filming at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood sites. 8.30am at the Preston New Road site, 12 noon at the roadsite and 2pm at Roseacre Wood.

Black Friday outside Cuadrilla’s  Preston New Road shale gas site. 10am, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Details

Clay Cross Against Fracking monthly meeting. 7pm, St Barnabas Community Centre, Pilsley Road, Danesmoor S45 9BU. Details

Saturday 25 August 2018

Solidarity Saturday at Preston New Road. 10am, Maple Farm, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Details

Diary for August 2018 and beyond. Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong.

22 replies »

  1. And most importantly, Cuadrilla getting ready to frack at PNR. Will the equipment be red or blue?

    For those with knowledge of the oil business, Pau was a freudian slip…..

  2. Ahh, but how about the investors who have made money John?

    All depends on when you buy and at what price and whether you sell or not eg. Igas could have been bought at 75p and sold at 120p a few weeks later. I’m sure those investors are really happy to have your empathy as well as their profits. How are Tesla looking for the future John. Now, there’s a gamble if you feel lucky.

    • If I am having any building work done I check out the company and look at how long they have been trading, their qualifications, and their previous jobs. I also look for feedback from satisfied customers.

      If all I could find out about a company was that they had built a small porch and that porch had been condemned as not fit for purpose I would not consider for one moment allowing them to build me a house.

      Cuadrilla have only carried out hydraulic fracturing in the UK at Preese Hall. A small job that was a technical failure and stopped from progressing by the Government.

      This Government now thinks that it is OK to let the same company do something bigger even though that company asked to be allowed to induce even larger seismic events than the ones that shut them down in the first place.

      Is it any wonder that the public already have and will continue to make sure this industry never gets to develop.

  3. If I have any building work done I check who the company may contract the work to. My son is an independent building contractor and in great demand because of the quality of his work. Perhaps you should check who is actually going to be doing your job rather than who did a job for that company a year or so ago?

    Meanwhile, two thirds of the public appear to have no concern regarding the development of this industry-even without any financial reasons to motivate them-yet.

  4. I think you mix up control with delay, John.

    After 15 years of delay, maybe we will find Tesla might make a profit. Seems to about the time it took to get the N.Sea going as well.

    No need for haring about-the tortoise always wins.

  5. You proved the point John. Turned out they do! Fooled some of the people to hare around and become exhausted. Clever old tortoise.

    I think in boxing terms it is called rope a dope.

  6. Hi just wondered what is happening at the Singleton site close to the glass factory as we have driven past today and there is a big rig/drill there not seen any activity at the site for ages? Sent from my iPad


    • Hi RuthMargaret2014

      Thanks for letting us know. This could be to do with decommissioning the site – we think they will need a rig to accomplish this. We’ll look into it further.


      • From Cuadrilla’s website:

        “In July 2018, Cuadrilla started work to restore the Grange Hill shale gas exploration site. The well will be plugged with cement and the site returned to its original pre-exploration use as agricultural land. ”

        The rig will be plugging and abandoning the well. I am surprised there are not protesters there? Slow walking etc.

        By the way, how much gas does the glass factory use ruthmargaret?

  7. Believe that’s what they said about the automobile, John.

    You may be correct with your guess, you may be wrong. But, at the end of the day it is a guess and I prefer to wait for the facts. I suspect those AJL investors who bought at 0.18 and didn’t sell at 0.46 after a few months are happy to wait for the facts too.

  8. News this week that European gas prices are the highest they have been in years, as higher-than-expected summer demand and a tighter market push prices to levels apparently seen during this past winter’s supply problems and to the highest for a summer season.

    Natural gas prices are expected to stay high and may run higher, ahead of the next winter heating season in Europe, analysts report.

    Maybe we should be supporting U.K. production with at least a chance of increasing supply, but not much chance of halting the relentless rise in worldwide gas prices driven by the turn away from coal and the need to reduce lethal urban pollution. Renewables and natural gas, the perfect partners.

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