What’s happening this week? 15-21 October 2018


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Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, 13 October 2018. Photo: Ros Wills

In this week’s listings:

  • Cuadrilla due to start fracking at Preston New Road.
  • Three campaigners jailed for fracking protest appeal against sentence.
  • Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corre to visit fracking opponents in Lancashire.
  • National climate crisis rally at Cuadrila’s shale gas site.

Full diary for October 2018 and beyondPlease let us know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong.

Monday 15 October 2018

UK’s first high volume hydraulic fracture since 2011 scheduled by Cuadrilla at Preston New Road. Postponed because of winds from 13 October 2018. Planning permission allows fracking to take place from 8am-6pm. Preston New Road shale gas site, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool FY4 5RN

181015 Fracking for the Truth film posterIs Fracking Safe? Meeting at 7.30pm, Harworth Comrades of the Great War and Social Club Limited, 43 Scrooby Road, Harworth DN11 8JW. Details

Film premier of Fracking for the Truth! 7.30pm, Bolsover Assembly Hall Community Centre, Hill Top, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6NG. Details

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Conscientious protectors – skilling up for the court room. 10am-3pm, Mission LifeForce, Willow Court, Beeches Green, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4BJ. Details

Dame Vivienne Westwood and son, Joe Corre, due to meet anti-fracking campaigners. Dame Vivienne is expected to break dance to Abba’s Dancing Queen along the line marking the injunction area outside the Preston New Road site. Noon, outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, Preston New Road,  Little Plumpton near Blackpool, FY4 5RN.

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Dame Vivienne Westwood and son Joe Corre outside Downing Street during a protest against Ineos on 5 June 2018. Photo: Talk Fracking

Fund-raising dinner and letter writing evening in support of four men who took part in an anti-fracking lorry-surfing protest in Lancashire in July 2017. 6.30pm, BASE social centre, 14 Robertson Road, Bristol BS5 6JZ. Details

Climate change, divestment and the fight against fracking. 7pm-9pm, Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Details

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

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Gathering outside the Royal Courts of Justice. In support of appeal against sentence by anti-fracking protesters Simon Roscoe Blevins, Richard Roberts and Rich Loizou, jailed last month for public nuisance. 8am-9.30am, Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2A 2LL. Details


Rich Loizou, Richard Roberts and Simon Roscoe Blevins (front left to right) with supporters outside Preston Law Courts before the sentencing hearing. Photo: DrillOrDrop, 25 September 2018

Appeal against sentence by anti-fracking protesters Simon Roscoe Blevins, Richard Roberts and Rich Loizou, jailed last month for public nuisance. Time to be confirmed. Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London WC2A 2LL.

Meeting of Frack Free Allerton Bywater and surrounding areas. 7pm, Edward Vii Working Mens Club & Institute, 65 Leeds Road, Leeds WF10 2HE. Details 

Is fracking safe? Public meeting. 7.30pm, The Oaklands Centre, Oakland Lane, Warsop NG20 0JE. Details

Thursday 18 October 2018

Motion on minerals plan due to be discussed at full meeting of Lancashire County Council. The motion, by Cllr Gina Dowding, proposes the inclusion in the plan of criteria on the production of hydrocarbons.These should take account of the need to reduce carbon emissions. 130pm, Council Chamber, County Hall, Fishergate, Preston  PR1 8XJ. Details 

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

Friday 19 October 2018

181019 Living with frackingWest Sussex County Council meeting, due to discuss a motion on the government’s proposed changes to shale gas planning rules. 10.30am, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RG. Details

Evening of films, speeches and debate about fracking. 7pm, Strensall and Towthorpe Village Hall, Northfields, Strensall, York YO32 5XW.


Saturday 20 October 2018

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Photo: Roseacre Awareness Group

National Climate Crisis Rally – Stop Fracking Now. 12noon-2pm, Maple Farm Community Hub, Preston New Road, near Blackpool FY4 5RN. Details

4 replies »

  1. What’s happening this week, well writing on a Sunday evening it looks like the Saudis will take offence against accusations they murdered a journalist and this will raise the prospect of increasing geopolitical tensions and add a risk premium to the price of oil. To this can be added the onset of Iran sanctions in early November.

    Fracking due to start this week. At least in a few weeks time we will know whether onshore gas exploration can make a meaningful contribution to U.K. energy supplies.

  2. Lets hope that goes well Shalewatcher. So much misinformation from this cult antifrack narrative! Has anyone heard of science or evidence? (I mean proper science, eg from the BGS, or the EA, or HSE, or PHE, RAE and so on.

  3. This week Scottish Power shifts to 100% wind generation after the sale of their £700m Drax power station assets. And as if to mark the idiocy of this move the wind speed tomorrow in Scotland will be 4-6mph, barely enough to turn a turbine.

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