Daily headlines

August 2019 headlines

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Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, 26 July 2019. Photo: Maxine Gill

This month, Cuadrilla is expected to begin fracking its second well at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, and more drilling could get underway at the Horse Hill site in Surrey.

Will IGas could reveal fracking plans for Misson, Nottinghamshire? And will the new Conservative administration announce changes to the planning and seismicity regulations for fracking?

DrillOrDrop will be following developments across the UK by industry, regulators and campaigners.

You can keep up with the news here with our digest of headlines about fracking, shale and onshore oil and gas, updated daily. Click here for headlines from previous months. Please let us know if we’ve missed something important contact@DrillOrDrop.com


Top headlines

  • Cuadrilla says all consents are in place to frack again in Lancashire
  • Environmental permit surrendered for Cuadrilla’s Roseacre Wood site
  • Cuadrilla seeks another 18 months to drill and frack at Preston New Road
  • Acquittal of sole protesters arrested at Egdon’s Biscathorpe oil site
  • Permit changes approved for West Newton including cold venting
  • Cuadrilla fails to fix mechanical problem at Preston New Road well
  • Consultation opens on protest policing guidelines
  • Third Energy says it will focus on conventional gas over fracking

20 August 2019

UK shale reserves may be smaller than thought – study. DrillOrDrop report on research by Nottingham University and the British Geological Survey which concludes that UK shale gas reserves are lower than previously estimated. Independent, BBC News, Guardian, Times, Metro, Telegraph, London Economic

Licensing system criticised for breaching rules after two UKOG PEDLs were extended. DrillOrDrop report on extensions of PEDL331 in the Isle of Wight and PEDL143 in Surrey. Morning Star

PNR 2019 tremor tracker: 14 seismic events. Details

Campaigners fighting Ellesmere Port fracking plan fear Boris Johnson premiership. Cheshire Live reports environmentalists are concerned about the impact on their cause of new pro-fracking ministers.

Lancashire campaigners’ fears over new fracking tremors. The Blackpool Gazette reports on local concerns about earth tremors near Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site

19 August 2019

PNR 2019 tremor tracker: 7 seismic events. Details

18 August 2019

Stop sitting on the fence over fracking. The Observer editorial says it’s decision time for ministers on fracking for shale gas. The paper says:

“If ministers are not going to release the shackles on fracking, they should take [Jim] Ratcliffe [of Ineos] at his word: shut down shale.”

EPA won’t object to fracking application in Co Fermanagh. The Times reports that Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided not to object to a fracking licence application in Northern Ireland. The EPA said this was because it had submitted its views on fracking in the border area to the authorities in Northern Ireland three years ago.

17 August 2019

PNR 2019 tremor tracker: 4 seismic events. Details

16 August 2019

Third Energy to “focus on conventional gas” over fracking. DrillOrDrop report

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PNR tremor tracker 2019. DrillOrDrop report tracking micro-seismic activity induced by fracking at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site. 12 very small events so far, since fracking began yesterday.

PNR 2019 tremor tracker: 11 seismic events. Details

15 August 2019

Fracking resumes at Preston New Road. DrillOrDrop report on Cuadrilla’s start to fracking the PNR2 well near Blackpool

PNR 2019 tremor tracker: 1 seismic event. Details

14 August 2019

“New methane study backs climate case against fracking”, say campaigners; “erroneous conclusions”, says industry. DrillOrDrop report on research by Cornell University which concludes that unconventional oil and gas is behind the recent big increase in global methane. Guardian, Climate News Network, journal link, Energy Voice (15/8/2019), DeSmog, Independent, Daily Mail

13 August 2019

Third Energy accused of seeking more time for Ryedale gas sites to prepare for fracking. DrillOrDrop report on the unanimous objection by Ryedale District Council to eight of the company’s planning applications

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Restoration work at the IGas Tinker Lane site in Nottinghamshire, 9 August 2019. Photo: Eric Walton

Picture post: restoration of IGas shale gas site at Tinker Lane, Nottinghamshire. DrillOrDrop report

CPRE Lancashire seeks refusal of Cuadrilla’s application for a sixth variation of the environmental permit for its Preston New Road operations. CPRE explains the reasons for its objection.

12 August 2019

Cold venting and acid squeeze approved for Rathlin Energy’s West Newton oil and gas site in East Yorkshire. DrillOrDrop report

Lorry surf protest delays rig delivery to West Newton wellsite. A protester climbed on top of a lorry delivering the workover rig to Rathlin Energy’s exploration site in East Yorkshire.

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Rig surf protest outside Rathlin Energy’s West Newton-A wellsite in East Yorkshire, 12 August 2019. Photo: West Newton Gateway to the Gasfields

10 August 2019

Cuadrilla fails to fix mechanical problem in shale gas well at Preston New Road fracking site. DrillOrDrop report

Weekend long read: Fractured communities – the seven-year story of what happened when fracking came to town. DrillOrDrop report

8 August 2019

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Map of new proposed access route to UKOG’s oil and gas site. Source: planning application

Oil company seeks consent for road junction on common land. DrillOrDrop report

West Newton campaigner back in court. DrillOrDrop and Hull Live report that Pelle Kirkeby, known as Peanut, was remanded in custody until September on charges of obstructing a police officer and obstructing the highway. He has pleaded not guilty. A trial has been set for 13 September, with a pre-trial hearing on 5 September.

Plans for fracking at Derbyshire site on hold despite green light. The Derbyshire Times reports that Ineos has still no start date for work at its permitted shale gas site at Marsh Lane. The company was granted permission a year ago. But it told the paper:

“The council has set out a number of conditions that need to be considered before any work can commence on site.

“This takes time and we currently have no operational timescales for when work will start.”

Frack Free Ryedale marks 5th anniversary. The Gazette and Herald reports that campaigners held a party to mark five years since the group formed and no fracking in the district.

7 August 2019

UKOG to increase share of Horse Hill oil licences in Surrey. DrillOrDrop report, Proactive Investors

North’s Department of Economy official told of ‘total opposition’ to fracking. Ocean FM reports a Sinn Fein delegation told the permanent secretary of its “total opposition to fracking anywhere on the island of Ireland. It follows a public consultation over the application by Tamboran for an exploration licence near Lough Earne.

Norfolk County Council chiefs told to ‘resign and go home’ over incineration and fracking fear. The Lynn News reports a West Norfolk councillor has told county chiefs they “might as well all resign and go home” in a row over future mineral and waste provision. The county’s preferred options rejected a plea from South Lynn councillor Alexandra Kemp to explicitly rule out incineration and fracking.

Clevedon Town Council resolves to make the town a frack free zone. North Somerset Times reports (16/8/2019) on the motion that the council will oppose fracking applications near the town, not invest in fracking companies and call on North Somerset Council to do the same.

6 August 2019

Comments sought on new protest policing guidance. DrillOrDrop report on consultation by the College of Policing

“UK fracking debate likely to stay deadlocked as neither side makes a compelling case” – new research. DrillOrDrop report on a study by Sussex University on the key arguments about UK shale gas. Energy Live News

Roads closed for up to two months as Rathlin Energy begins testing at West Newton well site. DrillOrDrop report

A region divided – readers put cases for and against fracking. The Yorkshire Post letters section features letters for and against fracking.

5 August 2019

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Fracking equipment installed at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site near Blackpool, 7 August 2019. Photo: Ros Wills

All consents in place to frack again in Lancashire, says Cuadrilla. DrillOrDrop report

EA allows Cuadrilla to surrender permission for Roseacre Wood site. DrillOrDrop report Decision document

“No doubt about opposition” to Aurora Energy Resources West Lancs fracking plans, say campaigners. DrillOrDrop report

Campaigner against oil and gas drilling in East Yorkshire remanded in custody by court in Hull. DrillOrDrop report

Fracking is the opposite of what we need, says MP in fight against plans to frack near Formby. The Formby Bubble reports that MP Bill Esterson has reiterated his opposition to fracking and says he will fight plans to use the technique to search for gas under Formby.

Cumbrian environmentalist joins Lancashire fracking protest. The News & Star reports that Cumbrian environmentalist Fiona Prior, from Carlisle, joined Lancashire campaigners outside the Preston New Road fracking site last week. She was there for the visit of the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

3 August 2019

Cuadrilla to seek another 18 months to drill and frack at Preston New Road shale gas site. DrillOrDrop article, BBC News (5/8/2019), This is Money (5/8/2019), North West Place (6/8/2019), Business Telegraph (5/8/2019), Guardian (5/8/2019), Cuadrilla press release (5/8/2019)

2 August 2019

Corbyn’s councils have over £1bn invested in fracking. The political website, Guido Fawkes, reports that Labour councils in constituents represented by four leading Labour figures have invested £700m in Shell and another £558m in BP.

Shell boss welcomes ‘mobilisation of society’ as oil protests intensify. Energy Voice reports comments by Shell’s chief executive, Ben van Beurden on 1 August 2019 that he “understood” climate change protesters’ motivations and warned “as a society we are not doing enough” to meet the Paris Agreement goals. He said “We need an intensified and effective debate to make things happen”.

1 August 2019

Acquittal for sole campaigners arrested at Biscathorpe oil drilling protests. DrillOrDrop report

August 2019 diary. DrillOrDrop listing of events about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning.

Consultation opens on National Police Chiefs’ council protest advice and proposed amendments to authorised professional practice. Details

Phase 2 Kimmeridge test at Horse Hill. A statement from UKOG confirms that the Kimmeridge flow test at Horse Hill in Surrey has produced a further 5,524 barrels of dry Brent quality oil. Total production from the site is now 60,186 barrels. The rig to drill two new wells at the site is “now scheduled to arrive on site following routine servicing after the completion of its current job”, the statement said.

Shale natural gas development hampers consumer outdoor activities, study finds. The US consumer organisation, Consumer Affairs, reports on a new study by University of New Hampshire, which found that shale natural gas development is taking away areas consumers commonly enjoy for outdoor recreation. According to the study, hiking and camping have become severely impacted by shale gas development.

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    • Such a shame the left and right hands do not talk. HORSE HILL LATEST: Successful production switch from Portland to Kimmeridge now paves the way for the expected late summer arrival of the rig, says CEO Stephen Sanderson

  1. The Comrades appear to be only really interested in the total destruction of the capitalist system ; listening to Kim Howells on R4 this evening – one could hear the total despair in his voice for the current state of the Labour Party – this from a long standing – now retired MP and minister .

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