Whilst this has been covered by the BBC, they gave very little mention of the road traffic incident instead focusing on demonising the protectors. Excellent coverage as always from Ruth Hayhurst, Drill or Drop .
Second supplier pulls out of Cuadrilla fracking contract
Protest at Moores Readymix Concrete in St Annes, 7 February 2017. Photo: Frank Roberts
Half an hour ago a second supplier pulled out of a contract with Cuadrilla for its fracking site at Preston New Road near Blackpool.
Opponents of Cuadrilla’s activities blockaded Moore’s Readymix Concrete in St Annes this morning.
Just before 9am, the company’s director, Roy Moore, sent an email to Cuadrilla confirming that he would not make further deliveries.
Residents demand stricter monitoring of Cuadrilla’s fracking site
Residents living near Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Lancashire have called for tougher action from the authorities.
At a meeting yesterday there were complaints that regulation of the Preston New Road site near Blackpool was fragmented and there was no overall control.
Residents who have been calling for radon monitoring said drilling should be delayed for six months so that baseline data could be collected.
There were allegations that planning conditions had been breached and calls for round-the-clock monitoring. One group of opponents said it would it was now watching the site 24-hours a day.
The meeting at Wrea Green brought together eight staff from the Environment Agency, along with officers from Lancashire County Council, Public Health England, Health and Safety Executive, Oil and Gas Authority and Fylde Borough Council.
Residents feel betrayed over failure to test for radon around Lancashire fracking site
Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site. Photo: Ros Wills
People living around Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool say they are horrified to learn that there has been no independent testing for the radioactive gas, radon.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has been surveying water and air quality, greenhouse gases, seismicity, ground motion and carbon dioxide in soil around the site at Little Plumpton (details).
But the organisation confirmed to DrillOrDrop that there has been no monitoring of radon in the air or homes, before operations begin at Preston New Road. It also said it was not aware of any radon monitoring in the area by other organisations.
A similar project near Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton in the Vale of Pickering, North Yorkshire, has been monitoring for radon. It received a grant from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). But the BGS confirmed there has been no direct government funding for the Lancashire monitoring.
Neither the Fylde nor central areas of the Vale of Pickering have high radon concentrations. But monitoring would create a baseline against which data collected during drilling and fracking can be compared.
The absence of baseline radon data at Preston New Road was spotted by a resident living nearby and raised with his local MP, the Conservative Mark Menzies.
Council won’t take action over lorry breaches at Cuadrilla fracking site
Photo: Neil Terry
Lancashire County Council has confirmed that some lorries visiting Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool have not followed the agreed route, in breach of planning conditions. But the council said it won’t be taking action against them.
The most heavily subsidised industry in the world receives even more taxpayers money to pave the way for the destruction of our environment and water then, when they have taken their profits offshore and finished with the site, they will doubtless liquidate the company and leave the cost of the clean up with the landowners.
The Government is bribing Mineral Waste Authorities to process the applications, this money will go directly to the council (LCC, NYC etc), it is doubtful that the majority of Councillors who sit on the planning committees will be aware of this.
DCLG announces £800,000 to help councils handle shale gas applications
2 December 2016 by John Geoghegan, Planning resource
The government has announced a new tranche of funding worth £800,000 that councils can bid for to help them deal with shale gas planning applications.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has also published a new Shale Gas Prospectus setting out how mineral planning authorities can bid for the funding.
A letter to council planning chiefs from DCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain (click for the full text of the letter) said the new £800,000 pot is a continuation of funding provided last year.
Last year, the government made £1.2million of funding available for mineral planning authorities for 2015/16 for the same purpose.
The prospectus states: “The government recognises shale represents a new area for mineral planning authorities and that it will present complex and challenging issues for them in processing shale planning applications.
“This will support mineral planning authorities in processing and considering shale planning applications in an efficient, timely and effective manner.”
The document goes on to say that the nature of shale gas development could mean that an authority “might need to draw on additional technical expertise” or “additional support” to “manage and assess representations made on the application efficiently”.
Authorities can bid when they reach “defined trigger points” in the planning application process, which are outlined in the prospectus. These points must be reached on or before 17 February 2017.
They will be eligible to bid for funding up to a maximum amount at key stages during the planning application process. For the pre-application stage, the maximum bid level is £30,000; for post-receipt of an application up to £110,000; and post-decision, up to £20,000.
The prospectus says that funds will be allocated “on a first come-first served basis”.
To be eligible for funding, the authority must confirm that the bid “relates to a proposal, planning application or planning permission for development involving the boring for, or getting of, oil or gas from shale and is for a site within an area covered by a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence”.
In addition to the £800,000 funding, mineral planning authorities can also “request complementary support from the Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS) to help them with the development of their community engagement strategy” as well as advice from the Planning Advisory Service.
The full prospectus can be found here.
Academy Award nominated director Josh Fox, who brought us the award winning documentaries Gasland, Gasland 2 and The Sky is Pink has turned his attention to Climate Change and he is coming to the UK to screen his new documentary, “How to let go of the world and love the things climate can’t change”.
SCREENING EVENT- FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER, 9PM at the Odeon cinema, Rigby Road. There will be a Q&A with Josh following the screening.
You can book your tickets from here: https://uk.demand.film/how-to-let-go/
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Check out the link below to see the full UK Tour schedule, venues include BLACKPOOL, MANCHESTER, LONDON, BASINGSTOKE, LIVERPOOL GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, LEEDS AND WREXHAM
Here is a collection of news articles reacting to the UK governments overturning of Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject fracking for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire.
It has been announced this morning that Lancashire County Council’s decision to reject fracking at two sites has been overturned by Government.
The decision has been overturned at the Preston New Road site, however the decision to overturn the Roseacre site has been put on hold.
Radon is the elephant in the room for the shale gas industry, it is rarely mentioned unless an anti fracker raises the subject you can find everything you need to know about Radon, the second biggest cause of lung cancer next to tobacco, here: