February 2020 diary

191009 Balcombe application plan

Site plan for extended well test at Angus Energy’s oil site at Balcombe in West Sussex. Map: Angus Energy planning application

Events in February 2020 and beyond about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning

  • Expected decision on Angus Energy’s Balcombe planning application
  • Public meeting opposing UKOG’s Isle of Wight plans
  • Latest results from government survey of attitudes to fracking
  • Campaign meetings and workshops
  • Investor briefing
  • Court date in challenge to Horse Hill production approval

This page is regularly updated with new events. Please let us know if you would like us to include an event or if any of the details are wrong. contact@DrillOrDrop.com

Saturday 1 February 2020

Extinction Rebellion workshop on oppression, movement building and relationships as activists. 1pm-5pm, St Nicolas Parish Church, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW. Free. Details and to register

Sunday 2 February 2019

Faith at the Gate – Hose Hill. Contemplation, prayer and stand witness to extraction of fossil fuels. Meet at 3.30pm at the monitoring camp at the junction of the A217 and Horse Hill, near Horley, Surrey. Event begins at 4pm outside the Horse Hill site. Details

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Extinction Rebellion Brighton Central meeting. 7pm-9pm, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD. Details

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting. 7.30pm-9pm, The Old Queen’s Head, 40 Pond Hill, Sheffield S1 2BG. Details

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Sheffield City Council – stop wasting our time. Demonstration outside Sheffield City Council meeting and petition delivery about climate action in the city. 1pm-3pm, Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HH. Details

First reading of private members bills.

Thursday 6 February 2020

Wave 31 summary line

Attitudes to fracking 2014-2019. Source: BEIS tracker Wave 31 September 2019

Release of results of BEIS Wave 32 public attitudes tracker survey. 9.30am. Website

Climate emergency: mobilising for climate justice, Glasgow 2020. Meeting hosted by Campaign against Climcate Change 7.15pm-9pm, KLT, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG. Details

Saturday 8 February 2020

The fall of BP. Re-arranged date for event described as a mass action against climate crisis. 12 noon-5pm, British Museum, London WC1B 3DG. Details

Sunday 9 February 2020

Frack Free Isle of Wight meetings about UKOG plans for Arreton and Godshill. 12 noon-1.45pm and 2pm-3.45pm, Arreton Village Hall, Main Road, Arreton, Isle of Wight PO30 3AD  POSTPONED TO 23 FEBRUARY 2020

Thursday 13 Febrary 2020

Initial hearing at the High Court in the legal challenge to Surrey County Council’s approval of planning permission for oil production and extra wells at Horse Hill. Time to be confirmed. Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London. Details

Friday 14 February 2020

For the love of earth. Extinction Rebellion Dorking leafleting and campaigning. 12 noon-4pm, High Street, Dorking. Details

Sheffield Youth Strike 4 climate. 11am, Devonshire Green, Division Street, Sheffield. Details

Student climate strike, University of York. 11.30am-3.30pm. Details

Student climate strike, Preston. 10am-2pm, Preston railway station. Details

Tuesday 18 February 2020

200218 oil & Gas investor briefing

Oil and gas investor briefing. CEOs from Tower Resources and Hardman & Co. 5.30pm, Brewers Hall, Aldermanbury Square London EC2V 7HR.

Harthill Against Fracking public meeting. 7pm, Peregrin Centre, Harthil S26 7UP.

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Frack Free Allerton Bywater & surrounding area monthly update meeting. 7pm-8pm, Victoria Allertonbywater, 63 Main Street, Castleford WF10 2BZ. Details

Friday 21 February 2020

Barnsley climate action seminar. 10am-5pm, Barnsley Town Hall, Yorkshire Business Mine, University Centre, Barnsley S70 2AN. Free entry. Details and to register.

Friday 21 February-Sunday 23 February

Earth First! UK Winter Moot. Details to be confirmed.

Saturday 22 February 2020

Extinction Underground Vault Festival. 10.30pm, Underbar, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN. Details

Sunday 23 February 2020

20023Arreton Meeting reshedule

Frack Free Isle of Wight rearranged meetings about UKOG plans for Arreton and Godshill. 12 noon-1.45pm and 2pm-3.45pm, Arreton Village Hall, Main Road, Arreton, Isle of Wight PO30 3AD

Monday 24 February 2020

Extended deadline for comments to Lancashire County Council on new information on Aurora Resources’ application to frack at Altcar Moss, near Formby.

Heading for extinction – what can we do about it? Public talk. 7pm, St Andrews URC Church Hall, Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 1LG. Details

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Meeting of West Sussex County Council planning committee. Expected date for discussion of Angus Energy application for a production test at Balcombe. 10.30am, County Hall, Chichester (to be confirmed). Link to agenda (available seven days before meeting).

Wednesday 26 February 2020

“Trial” of East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Protest at council meeting over climate change. 1pm-4pm, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley HU17. Details

Chesterfield Borough Council discusses climate change action plan. 5pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield S40 1LP. Details

What carbon pricing mechanism should the UK adopt? Meeting of All Party Parliamentary Group on energy costs. Speakers include Charlie Lewis (BEIS), Rachel Wolfe (Zero Carbon Commission) and Stuart Evas (Vivid Economics). 6pm, Committee room 11, Houses of Parliament, London SW1.

Thursday 27 February 2020

Expected date of agenda for 4 March meeting of Lancashire County Councils development control committee.

Friday 28 February 2020

Travels with my red bag. Evening talk by Barbara Hickman about work, politics, travel and more. Donations collected for Frack Free Ryedale. 7pm for 7.30pm, The Worsley Arms, Hovingham, High Street, Hovingham YO62 4LA. Details 

Saturday 29 February 2020

Bristol Climate Summit. 1pm-5pm, Tony Benn House, ictoira Street, Bristol. Details

Coming up later

Thursday 4 March 2020

Decision due. South Western Energy application for a vertical well at Puddletown, Dorset. Details

Lancashire County Council development control committee meeting. Possible decision of Cuadrilla’s application to extend life of Elswick gas site. 10.30am, Cabinet Room B – Diamond Jubilee Room, County Hall, Preston. Details 

Monday 16 March 2020

Strategic planning committee meeting of Dorset County Council. Possible decision date for South Western Energy application for a vertical well at Puddletown, Dorset. 10am, The Quarter Jack Suite, The Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster BH21 1AS. Details

Saturday 21 March 2020

Extinction Rebellion music fundraiser event. Hosted by XR Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire. 7pm-11pm, The Phoenix Suite, Chester Street, Chesterfield. Details and tickets

Thursday 26 March 2020

IGas final results. Details

Friday 27 March 2020

Provisional date for decision by Lancashire County Council on Aurora Resources application to drill and frack two wells at Altcar Moss near Formby. To be confirmed.

Saturday 28 March 2020

Frack Free Fundraising Bingo.  7pm-10pm, Birchfield Community Centre, Birchfield Road, Yeovil BA21 5RL. Details

Tuesday 31 March 2020

Decision date. West Sussex County Council’s recommended determination date for UKOG application to extend planning permission at Broadford Bridge for 24 months.

Deadline for restoration. UKOG Broadford Bridge site in West Sussex.

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Deadline for announcement of decision on Woodsetts and Ellesmere Port inquiries.

Monday 27 April 2020

Start date of trial of 12 people charged with obstruction of the highway outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road. Stuart Ackroyd, Maria Allen, Daniel Bee, Sarah Boyle, Rebecca Daniels, Joseph Haslam, Gordon Holian, Katrina Lawrie, Rose Monaghan, Tina Rothery, Ellie Stanton and Christopher Wilson were arrested on May 22 2018 after a protest. The trial is due to last three or four days.

Thursday 7 May 2020

Release of results of BEIS Wave 33 public attitudes tracker survey. 9.30am. Website


Release of results of BEIS Wave 34 public attitudes tracker survey. 9.30am. Exact date to be confirmed. Website

Thursday 9 July 2020

South Yorkshire schools climate change conference. 9.30am-3.30pm, Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HU. Details from schoolsclimateconference.SY @gmail.com

1 reply »

  1. Manston airport cargo hub decision by Secretary of State for transport due in May. The opening of this would be a massive detriment to the local community. We have an RSPB protected area close by and this goes against the government’s climate change agenda. Hardly any media coverage?

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