[frackoff-announce] Frack Off Newswire (25/01/14)

Frack Off tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sun Jan 26 01:18:02 GMT 2014

Hi Folks, 2014 is going to be a big year. The 
fracking industry is trying to push forward with 
government support but communities are not standing for it!

    * 11 Balcombe Protectors Acquitted On 9th Jan 
at Brighton Magistrates Court 11 protectors were 
acquitted of all charges. This was the first big 
trial following the 68 day blockade at Balcombe. 
Over 120 people were arrested courageously 
defending Sussex from fracking last summer. More 
than twenty trials are scheduled over the next 
few month. See <http://www.frackingontrial.org/>www.frackingontrial.org
    * Government Touts New Fracking License Areas 
The UK government has announced that roughly 60% 
of the UK is now available to be licensed to 
fracking companies. See 

    * Conventional Oil & Gas Companies Go For 
Shale It’s not just Cuadrilla and IGas that are 
drilling deep exploratory wells. Viking UK Gas 
Ltd, a subsidiary of Third Energy Ltd has drilled 
into the 
Shale in Yorkshire (using Cuadrilla’s drilling 
rig) and carried out a geophysical survey in an 
west of Scarborough. North of Hull Rathlin Energy 
have sneakily drilled 2 deep wells which core 
sample the Bowland Shale, pretending they are 
entirely conventional. For more detail and to see 
the extent of this “under the radar exploration”, 

Actions & Events
    * Solidarity Sunday 26th Jan (Barton Moss) Do 
you live in the 60% of the UK that has been made 
available to fracking companies? Solidarity 
Sunday is an opportunity to support a community 
fighting fracking NOW, but also to highlight the 
threat to your community and the resistance 
taking place where you live! 
for more details and directions to Barton Moss 
Community Protection Camp. If you can’t come but 
want to show support, do something in your area 
and send photos of messages of support to 
info at northerngasgala.org.uk but there are still 
cheap (£5) seats on buses from:
        * Brighton/Glastonbury/Bristol/Middlesborough: buses full
        * Blackpool/Preston: raffgroup at hotmail.co.uk
        * Lewes/Balcombe: info at frack-off.org
        * London: info at frackofflondon.org.uk
        * South Wales: safeenergywales at virginmedia.com
        * Leeds: infrastructure at nodashforgas.org.uk
        * Falkirk/Canonbie: frackoffscotland at gmail.com
        * Doncaster/Maltby/Rotherham/Shelfield: jay_ffsy at live.com
    * Pop Up Film Screening – Sunday 26th Jan 
(London) 1pm at the Camden Collective, “The Truth 
About Fracking” with discussion afterwards. 69 
Camden High Street, NW1 9HE 

    * Film Showing – Sunday 26th Jan (Hulme) 
1:30pm-3:30pm, Hulme Community Garden Centre, 28 
Old Birley Street, 

    * Public Meeting – Sunday 26th Jan (Stroud) 
7.30pm – 9.30pm, Lansdown Hall and Gallery, 
Lansdown, Stroud – Films, Speakers, Q&A + 
Discussion concerning the new threat of fracking 
to Stroud and the Five Valleys 
    * Film Showing – Thursday 30th Jan 
(Levenshulme) Get informed about this fracking 
nightmare! 7:30pm, Levenshulme Inspire, 747 
Stockport Road, M19 3AR Manchester 

    * Frack Free February (Somerset) Frack Free 
Somerset are doing it again, 23 events in a 
month! Film screenings, public meetings, talks, 
stalls, workshops and actions all raising 
awareness about the threats to our communities 
and the bigger picture of extreme energy: 

Live Planning Applications

For a map with all the planning applications, 
licences etc. see 
The live applications are:
    * Falkirk & Stirling (Airth) 
Coal Bed Methane, 14 Sites, 22 Wells, 20 km 
Pipelines, Dart Energy Ltd (Planning Inquiry: 
18th March – 3 weeks) Dart Energy are appealing 
to the Scottish Government after Falkirk and 
Stirling Councils did not grant planning 
permission for the first unconventional gas 
production in the UK, with 14 new well pads, 22 
coalbed methane (CBM) wells, 20km of pipeline, a 
gas processing and water treatment facility and a 
waste outfall into the Firth of Forth. Drilling 
is planned 20m from some homes and directly 
beneath many more. The Concerned Communities of 
Falkirk are crowd-funding money to secure the 
best legal help before the planning inquiry 
begins. If you want to help them see: 
    * North Lanarkshire (Shotts) 
Coal Bed Methane, Vertical Well, Reach CSG 
(Pre-planning consultation) The company can be 
expected to submit a full planning application in the near future
    * West Sussex (Balcombe) 
Shale Oil, Continued Well Testing, Cuadrilla 
Resources (Planning Committee: ?) Cuadrilla want 
to return to the Balcombe to continue well tests 
there, which will include injecting acid and flaring gas
    * West Sussex (Wisborough Green) 
Shale Gas, Horizontal Well, Celtique Energie Ltd 
(Planning Committee: 29th April)The neighbouring 
villages of Wisborough Green and Kirdford are 
strongly opposed to Celtique’s plans for an exploration well
    * South Downs National Park (Fernhurst) 
Shale Gas, Horizontal Well, Celtique Energie Ltd 
(Planning Committee: ?)The park authority’s 
website has been struggling to handle the number of objections but persevere!
    * Bridgend (Methyr Mawr) 
Coal Bed Methane (CBM), Vertical Well, Coastal 
Oil & Gas Ltd (Planning Committee: ?)Application 
for a coal bed methane (CBM) exploration well
    * Wrexham (Holt) 
Coal Bed Methane (CBM), Vertical Well, Dart 
Energy Ltd (Planning Committee: ?) Application 
for a coal bed methane (CBM) exploration well

Local Anti-Fracking Groups

With over 90 anti-fracking groups and counting 
across the country, there are now too many to 
list in a newsletter. Please see 
for the full list. If there isn’t one in your 
community, now would be an excellent time to 
start one! Contact info at frack-off.org if you want any help or support.

Fight The Frack, FO x

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