Diary

Events diary – January 2019 and beyond

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IGas site at Ellesmere Port. Photo: Frack Free Ellesmere and Upton

Events in January and beyond about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning.

  • Public inquiry into IGas plans for Ellesmere Port
  • Closing date on government consultation on consulting the public on shale gas
  • 4th regional anti-fracking strategy meeting
  • Judicial review of planning permission for Ineos scheme at Harthill
  • Plus meetings, rallies and training

Please let us know here if you’d like us to add your events or if any details are wrong. This post will be updated throughout the month with new information and includes events that we know about in the rest of 2018.


Thursday 3 January 2019

Arrested – what happens next? Online meeting starting at 7pm. Details and how to join here or here

Friday 4 January 2019

Black Friday at Preston New Road. 10am-4pm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Details

Saturday 5 January 2019

Media training for anti-frackers by Seeds for Change. 10am-5pm, Woodsetts area, venue to be confirmed. Details and to register

Sunday 6 January 2019

Meeting about oil drilling at Biscathorpe. 3pm North Kelsey Village Hall, School Lane, Morth Kelsey Lincolnshire. Note new venue

Monday 7 January 2019

Greater Manchester spatial framework announced, expected to include a presumption against fracking.

Closing date for comments in government consultation on consulting the public over shale gas schemes. Details

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Extinction or survival – what we need to do now. 7pm-8.30pm, The Wesley Room, Ambleside Parish Centre, Vicarage Rd, Ambleside LA22 9DH. Details

Norfolk Against Fracking monthly meeting. 7pm, The Golden Star, 57 Colegate, Norwich NR3. Details

Frack Free Ellesmere Port & Upton open evening on IGas plans to test its well at Portside. 7.15pm, Green Oak Farm pub, Rossmore Road Ellesmere Port CH65 3EN. Details

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Planning meeting of Cheshire West and Chester Council to discuss plans by Sibelco for extension of a silica sand quarry. 4pm, Room G1, HQ Building, 58 Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP. Details

Sheffield Against Fracking AGM and monthly meeting. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB. Details

Frack Free Tinker Lane meeting. 7.30pm-9pm, The Red Hart Bawtry Road, Blyth, Worksop S81 8HG. Details

Thursday 10 January 2019

Frack Free Misson meeting. 7.30pm, Angel Inn, Dame Lane, Misson, Doncaster DN10 6EB

Fracking and other wildlife stuff. Talk by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Janice Bradley. 7.30pm, Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre, North Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 8RQ. Details

Friday 11 January 2019

Black Friday event. 10am-4pm, Preston New Road shale gas site, Little Plumpton near Blackpool PR4 3PE. Details

Hand down of ruling in judicial review brought by Friends of the Earth against the Environment Agency over the environmental permit for Preston New Road. 2pm, Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London. Details

Saturday 12 January 2019

4th regional anti-fracking strategy meeting for South Yorkshire/East Midlands anti-fracking groups. 10am-1pm, The Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, Rotherham S66 8JD. Details

Monday 14 January 2019

Frack Free Notts January action-planning meeting. 7pm-9.30pm, Lincolnshire Poacher pub, 161-163 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FR. Details

Tuesday 15 January 2019

No fracking in Cheshire rally. 9am-11am, Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ. Details

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Scheduled opening of public inquiry into refusal of planning permission to IGas for testing at Ellesmere Port well. Ref: APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. 10am, Assembly Room, Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ. Planning Inspectorate page for the inquiry

Harthill Against Fracking public meeting. 7pm, Peregrin Centre, Peregrin Way, Harthill, South Yorkshire, S26 7UP. Details

Let Communities Decide video call: council motions and more. 7pm-8pm. Details

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Hearing day of public inquiry into refusal of planning permission to IGas for testing at Ellesmere Port well. Ref: APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. Times to be confirmed, Assembly Room, Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ. Planning Inspectorate page for the inquiry

Thursday 17 January 2019

Hearing day of public inquiry into refusal of planning permission to IGas for testing at Ellesmere Port well. Ref: APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. Times to be confirmed, Assembly Room, Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ. Planning Inspectorate page for the inquiry

Friday 18 January 2019

Hearing day of public inquiry into refusal of planning permission to IGas for testing at Ellesmere Port well. Ref: APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. Times to be confirmed, Assembly Room, Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ. Planning Inspectorate page for the inquiry

Monday 21 January 2019

Green Mondays at Preston New Road. Main speaker, at about 12.30pm, outside the Preston New Road site is Danny Goss, for Friends of the Earth. 10am-1pm, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE.

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Hearing day of public inquiry into refusal of planning permission to IGas for testing at Ellesmere Port well. Ref: APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. Times to be confirmed, Assembly Room, Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ. Planning Inspectorate page for the inquiry

Fracking: health impacts and the KM8 victory. Meeting with speakers, EddieThornton, Tim Thornton and Deborah Gibson. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Theatre Deli, Sheffield S1 4QZ. Details and to register

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Final scheduled hearing day of public inquiry into refusal of planning permission to IGas for testing at Ellesmere Port well. Ref: APP/A0665/W/18/3207952. Times to be confirmed, Assembly Room, Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ.Planning Inspectorate page for the inquiry

Thursday 24 January 2019

Additional session on unconventional oil and gas at examination in public of North Yorkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Plan. 10am, The Council Chamber, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AH. Details

Friday 25 January 2019

Additional session on unconventional oil and gas at examination in public of North Yorkshire Joint Minerals and Waste Plan. 10am, The Council Chamber, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton DL7 8AH. Details

Hearing of judicial review of approval of planning permission for Ineos shale gas site at Harthill. Time to be confirmed, High Court, Leeds. Details

Clay Cross Against Fracking meeting. 7pm, Pilsley Village Hall, Peartree Road, Chesterfield S45 8HU. Details

Saturday 26 January 2019

Know your rights and non-violent direct action training day. 10am-5pm, Venue to be confirmed but probably in the Woodsetts area in south Yorkshire. Details

Fighting fracking and divestment: the role of health professionals. 2pm-5.15pm, Leeds. Details and tickets

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Coal Aston & Dronfiield Against Fracking meeting. 7.15pm-9pm, Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XP.

Thursday 31 January 2019

Lancashire for Shale roadshow event. 8am-10am, Chorley. Details

Coming up later

Friday 1 February 2019

Film screening of The Bentley Effect6.30pm, Hookwood Memorial Hall, Withey Meadows, Horley RH6 0AZ. Details

Saturday 2 February 2019

Let communities decide gathering. 11am-4.30pm, Friends of the Earth, 139 Clapham Road, London SW9 0HP. Details

190202 Communities decide gathering. Let Communities Decide

Monday 4 February 2019

Green Mondays at Preston New Road. Main speaker, at about 12.30pm, outside the Preston New Road site is former climate diplomat, John Ashton. 10am-1pm, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, near Blackpool PR4 3PE.

Norfolk Against Fracking monthly meeting. 7pm, The Golden Star, 57 Colegate, Norwich NR3. Details

Saturday 9 February 2019

Presentation and Q&A on fracking in Lancashire. Organised by Concerned Residents of Lancashire. 2pm-4pm, Ribby Hall, Woodlands Suite, Ribby Road, Wrea Green PR4 2PR. Details and to register

Saturday 23 February 2019

Fund-raising ceildh. 7.30pm-11pm, Barnby Memorial Hall, High Street, Blyth, Nottinghamshire S81 8EW. To raise funds for anti-fracking campaign. Details

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Coal Aston & Dronfiield Against Fracking meeting. 7.15pm-9pm, Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XP.

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Hearing at the Court of Appeal into challenge to Ineos injunction against protests at potential shale gas sites. Time and venue to be confirmed. Details

Pro-democracy and anti-fracking rally. 11am-2pm, Parliament Square, London SW1A. Details

Wednesday 6 March 2019

Hearing at the Court of Appeal into challenge to Ineos injunction against protests at potential shale gas sites. Time and venue to be confirmed. Details

Saturday 30 March 2019

Provisional date for spring gathering.

2 replies »

  1. This month Hitachi will decide whether to go ahead with their (low carbon) nuclear investment on Anglesey. From the BBC…

    “The Nikkei Asian Review reported Hitachi’s board would be likely to decide to suspend all work on the Wylfa Newydd plant on Anglesey next week”

    It looks like, even with government support, these huge investments are proving too risky for private companies. Increasingly this winter coal has filled the intermittency gap in electricity production and will again do so as we move into a cold snap at the end of January. With coal plants coming off line by 2025 what is the Plan B to keep the lights on on windless winter nights? I suspect it will be to extend the life of older nuclear plants. Now what’s the risk of that, or of greater coal use, compared with fracking induced micro earth tremors that can’t be felt at the surface?

    With all those civil servants being diverted into Brexi preparations one wonders who is taking on the rational planning function in Whitehall. Let’s hope it isn’t the guys who allowed fly by night electricity supply companies to set up, profit, and then leave their customers in the lurch.

  2. Interesting news sure to spark debate in January.

    This month Claire Perry admitted in a Parliamentary Answer that electricity prices for large industrial users in the U.K. (steel, ceramics, chemicals etc) are DOUBLE electricity prices in France and Germany. (Gas prices are cheaper or comparable). As a response to the electricity price differential the Dept of BEIS has excluded large users from paying their share of the Contract for Difference Payments designed to encourage Green electricity production. This means of course that smaller firms & the ordinary Joe is paying instead.

    On the other side of the World, The Chinese government is refusing to allow new renewable projects unless they can compete on price with COAL. Not sure what that means for Chinese levels of pollution and CO2 levels worldwide.

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