Newsletter – January 2019

Latest news

IGas drilling rig removed from Tinker Lane but drilling to commence at Misson Springs

Anti-fracking campaigners reacted with cautious delight to a major setback for the energy company drilling a site at Tinker Lane, near Retford.

Controversial, exploratory work by IGas at the site, which attracted huge protests, failed to find any evidence of the type of shale gas, Bowland Shale, it was targeting.

The news was described as “a good Christmas present for the people of Blyth and Barnby Moor” by David Larder, chairman of the Bassetlaw Against Fracking group.

But he warned: “It does not bode well for the New Year for the villagers of Misson because IGas have stated it is now moving on to the nearby Misson Springs site, just outside the village and not far from the local school.


The local community near the Misson Springs site now need our support. Please follow Frack Free Misson on Facebook and get involved in any way you can. 

IGas protest injunction renewed at High Court

The injunction covers IGas sites at Misson Springs and Tinker Lane in Nottinghamshire, as well as Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

They were brought against “Persons Unknown” and prohibit trespass on the sites and unlawful interference with access along private access roads and the public highway.

The injunctions specifically outlaw direct action protests, such as slow walking, lock-ons and lorry surfing. Protest is banned in exclusion zones along delivery routes around all the sites, except Ellesmere Port. Some of zones continue for more than four miles.

People who breach the injunction order could be held in contempt of court and could face imprisonment, fines, seizure of assets and extensive costs.

Judge Barker refused permission for the campaigner, Ian Crane, to appeal against his ruling. But Mr Crane said he would consider seeking leave directly at the Court of Appeal.

Mr Crane said the result was not what he had hoped for. But he said involvement in the case had secured important changes in the order. “We have to keep chipping away at these injunctions. It is critical that injunctions sought against “persons unknown” are challenged.”


No plan to relax fracking regulations, says minister

Ministers have “no intention of altering” fracking regulations which have repeatedly halted work in Lancashire, it has emerged.

Shale firm Cuadrilla has called on the government to raise the threshold of seismic activity at which fracking must stop. It is currently 0.5 magnitude.

It has had to stop operations numerous times for breaching the limit at its site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire.

A spokesman for Cuadrilla said it was aware of the government’s position on the traffic light system.

“We have worked within the system during recent hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road and as a result have a unique data set of information and operating experience.

“We are now flow-testing the well that has been fractured and are continuing operations as planned.”


Word on the ground is that Cuadrilla have ceased fracking operations at Preston New Road altogether; the rig has been dismantled and removed from the site. Let’s hope it never returns!


Upcoming events

Fracking: Health impacts & the KM8 victory 

Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Theatre Delicatessen

How the North Yorkshire community of Kirby Misperton united to protect their landscape from fracking; with views from Eddie & Tim Thornton – 2 different approaches to activism.

Eddie Thornton – activist who threw everything on the line to protect his local area from fracking – why and how.

Tim Thornton – retired family doctor and a concerned health professional, who has set up Concerned Health Professionals of the United Kingdom (alongside Carol Hutchinson from Eckington).

Deborah Gibson – local activist & campaigner from Harthill Against Fracking & Frack Free South Yorkshire – an update on fracking in the area how you can get involved.

Free entry, donations to Sheffield Against Fracking
Apple crumble, tea & coffee included

Find out more on Eventbrite

Friends of the Earth: Let Communities Decide gathering

Saturday 2nd February 2019
The Printworks, 139 Clapham Rd, London SW9 0HP

Public opposition to the government’s plans to fast-track fracking has been incredible – and activity by local campaigners has been invaluable.

It’s clear no one wants our local democracy, our climate or our countryside trampled on. We can be confident that the government is on shaky ground with these proposals…

So now it’s time to get together and share what we’ve learnt, as well as plan for even more action in 2019!

For full details and tickets, visit the Facebook event page.

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 5th February 2019
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

All are welcome. For more information, please email us.

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