Newsletter – August 2018

Latest news

Exploratory well at Marsh Lane

Ineos has been given to go ahead for the first shale gas exploration in Derbyshire, at Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane. This is in spite of the fact that the people of Marsh Lane and surrounding areas said no, their MP Lee Rowley said no and Derbyshire County Council voted 9:1 to say no. They have all been ignored. The fight against fracking and for the democratic process goes on.

Eckington Against Fracking (EAF) and Lee Rowley, MP for NE Derbyshire, have said that the fight to stop fracking at Marsh Lane is not over. Lee Rowley has also said “Fracking is a long way off.  We are going to win the war, even if we don’t win every battle”.

What you can do to help stop this attack on local democracy:

  • Visit Let Communities Decideto get involved in the campaign and access online resources
  • Email James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, at demanding that the government withdraws its plans to treat fracking as permitted development and a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP)
  • Email Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, at asking her to do the same
  • Contact your MP and local councillors to voice your concerns about permitted development and NSIP, and ask them to contact James Brokenshire and Claire Perry on your behalf
  • Attend the next EAF monthly meeting to get involved in local campaigning and events

Visit the Eckington Against Fracking website to stay up-to-date.


Woodsetts objection deadline extended

INEOS have submitted a second planning application to build a shale gas exploratory well on the western outskirts of the village.

All objections have to be submitted before the hearing in early September (date TBC), so please aim for end August 2018. Object now


Shale gas consultations

Two more government consultations are currently in progress. We would encourage everyone to make a written submission to both of these:

Permitted Development for Shale Gas Exploration

The government is seeking views on the principle of granting planning permission for non-hydraulic shale gas exploration development through a permitted development right.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 October 2018 – Respond now

Friends of the Earth briefing: Fast-track fracking: why “non-fracking drilling” should not be treated as permitted development

Inclusion of Shale Gas Production Projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure

This early stage consultation is to determine which criteria would be appropriate to trigger inclusion of major shale gas production projects in the NSIP regime.

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 October 2018 – Respond now


Government presses ahead with planning policy changes on oil and gas – despite “limited support”

The government has made changes to national planning policy on onshore oil and gas even though most of the people who took part in a consultation disagreed with them.

The revised National Planning Policy Framework, published on 24th July 2018, requires English councils to recognise what are described as the benefits of onshore hydrocarbons, including shale gas, for energy security and transition to a low carbon economy.

Councils are also required to “put in place policies to facilitate their [onshore hydrocarbons] exploration and extraction” and “plan positively for them”.


Upcoming events

Sheffield Fayre – Monday 27 August

10.30am-5.30pm. Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, S2 2PJ. Sheffield Against Fracking information stall. Come and say hi – it would be great to see you there – and if you can lend a hand with leaflets and petition signing that would be very much appreciated.

Ecclesfield Gala – Sunday 2 September

12-5pm. Ecclesfield Park, S35 9UA. Sheffield Against Fraacking will be helping Frack Free Ecclesfield and Chapeltown to inform local residents about the harmful effects of fracking, with emphasis on the processing of fracking waste water at the nearby water treatment works, FCC Ecclesfield. Again, it would be really great if you could come and give us a hand, even just for an hour. People really do want to know more about fracking!

Sheffield Against Fracking Monthly Meeting – Tuesday 4 September

7.30-9.00pm. Central United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street, S1 2JB.

Penistone Show – Saturday 8 September

9am-6pm. Penistone Show Field, Penistone S36 6DW. Penistone & Stocksbridge Against Fracking stall.

Tour of Britain 2018 – Saturday 8 September

1-2pm (estimated). Tour of Britain 2018 is coming to Nottinghamshire, passing through Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest. Opportunity to raise awareness of what the frackers have planned for the area.

Le Tour de Frackshire – Saturday 22 September

7am-6pm. Bike ride taking in the proposed and current fracking sites in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. 3 routes to choose from.

Frack Free Tinker Lane meeting – Tuesday 25 September

7.30pm. Red Hart Hotel, Bawtry Road

To stay up-to-date with events and meetings happening in the region, please see the pinned post on the Frack Free South Yorkshire Facebook page.


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