Welcome to our first ever newsletter
We aim to bring you highlights of what is happening in our area and what you can do to stop fracking being forced upon us by the big oil companies.
We are now under serious attack from the Frackers:
- Test drilling to start at Misson Springs and Tinker Lane imminently
- Planning applications have been submitted to test drill at Marsh Lane and Woodsetts, whilst another has been granted at Harthill (details below)
- There are plans to take the millions of litres toxic waste to FCC in Ecclesfield and then Blackburn Meadows – odds on it will end up in the River Don
- Local democratic decisions have been overturned by central government
We are fighting for fresh air and clean water. We believe it’s our right.
Planning Inspector overturns Rotherham’s decision on Harthill
INEOS have won their appeal against Rotherham Borough Council’s decision not to allow an exploratory test well at Harthill, despite overwhelming opposition from local communities. Read more
Drilling equipment begins arriving at IGas Tinker Lane site
Convoys of heavy goods vehicles have been bringing in the equipment needed to begin drilling. The main drilling rig has yet to be delivered.
A group of selfless people determined to save our countryside from the horrors of fracking are camped at Tinker Lane. Why not pay them a visit? They will appreciate your support and the kettle’s always on. Postcode: DN22 8PA
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Stop the government forcing fracking on our communities
The government is planning to drastically rewrite planning rules, making it as easy to erect a test drill as it is to build a garden shed. Local people and local councils would no longer have a say.
Tell the government it can’t get away with trampling on local democracy.
Sign the petition now
Call for fracking moratorium in former mining areas
A new study shows that historic coal mining data has been overlooked or ignored in fracking applications. Professor Peter Styles (former President of the Geological Society of London and Head of Geology at Keele University) calls on planning committees to consider detailed maps of faults when deciding applications. He said: “In many areas proposed shale gas activities lie beneath historic coal mine workings which have already experienced subsidence and sometimes fault rejuvenation.”
Liberal Democrat peer, Lynne Featherstone, said:
“This report asks some serious questions of the government and the fracking industry.
“Ministers must take heed and listen to the growing weight of evidence on fracking and, at the bare minimum, implement a moratorium on fracking in coal mining areas and review fracking across the UK.”
Join the protest!
Marsh Lane v INEOS Public Enquiry will begin on 19th June. Please come and join Eckington Against Fracking for a peaceful protest outside Chesterfield Assembly Rooms to mark the start of the Public Inquiry, which will decide whether INEOS should be granted planning permission to explore shale gas reserves on land at Marsh Lane, against the wishes of local residents.
Meet at 9am on 19th June in front of Chesterfield Assembly Rooms, Market Hall, Soresby Street, Chesterfield S40 1AR
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Wheelies for water: Frack free mass bike ride
Water is a very precious resource. Without it life as we know it will cease to exist. Humans, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants all need CLEAN water to live. Two water treatment plants in Sheffield are now licensed to receive toxic water from the fracking Industry – FCC Ecclesfield and Blackburn Meadows.
Please join us for a bike ride on 22nd June, starting at 6pm, to spread the word to Sheffield residents and to tell those that would frack the land and water… ”We say NO – not here, not anywhere!”
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Other upcoming events
Saturday 23 June: ECKINGTON AGAINST FRACKING DAY OF ACTION – village stalls and speakers 2-5pm, music from 6pm – The Fox & Hounds Pub, 37 Main Road, Marsh Lane, Sheffield S21 5RH
Saturday 7 July: SHARROW FESTIVAL – times tbc – we will be with Sheffield Friends of the Earth at their stall – Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1BY
Sunday 8 July: RIDGEWAY CARNIVAL – starts at 12 noon – Ridgeway Sport and Social Centre, 12 Main Road, Ridgeway, Sheffield S12 3XR
Saturday 14 July: BEIGHTON GALA – starts at 1pm (parade around village at 12pm) – we will be with Mosborough Against Fracking a their stall – Beighton Welfare Recreation Ground, Sheffield
Saturday 14 July: STANNINGTON CARNIVAL – 11.30am-4.30pm – we will be with Sheffield Friends of the Earth at their stall – Stannington Park, Sheffield S6 6DP
Help is always needed at events – even if you can only spare an hour, your time is very much appreciated. You don’t need to know everything about fracking – there will be other members of SAF around to help answer questions to which you may not know the answer. Plus we always encourage people to do their own research. Fracking is a serious issue but there is also lots of fun to be had.
Email us if you’d like to get involved: email@example.com
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