Newsletter – March 2019

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Parliamentary fracking debate: get your MP to attend

On Thursday 28 March the government will debate whether to give the fracking industry a lifeline. It’s looking at taking decisions away from local councils and allowing fracking companies to cause larger earthquakes.

This is a huge moment for the anti-fracking movement and you can play an important role by getting your MP to attend it.

For maximum impact, invite your MP both privately and publicly (e.g. on Twitter) to the debate.

For help with emailing or tweeting your MP, please visit the Friends of the Earth webpage about this debate.

Ineos threatens to close UK plant unless it can dodge EU pollution rules

INEOS, the petrochemicals giant owned by the UK’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has said it could close its Middlesbrough manufacturing plant unless it is allowed to “defer compliance” with EU rules designed to prevent air and water pollution, according to documents obtained by Unearthed.

An analysis of data from the Environment Agency (EA) also reveals the plant clocked up 176 permit violations between 2014 and 2017, 90 of which related to air and water emissions. An EA spokesperson said: “air emissions are well over legal limits and this poses a risk to the environment”.

In a letter to business secretary Greg Clark in October last year, INEOS director Tom Crotty said the firm “cannot justify” the investment required to comply with EU air and water pollution rules due to come into force in the coming years.

Read more at Unearthed

New law on fracking earthquakes clears first hurdle

A parliamentary bill to limit earthquakes caused by fracking passed its first stage unopposed on 19 March.

MPs gave a first reading to the Fracking (Seismic Activity) Bill, introduced by Conservative MP for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley.

The bill aims to prevent changes to the current regulations, known as the traffic light system. This requires fracking companies to stop operations for at least 18 hours if they cause earth tremors measuring 0.5ML (local magnitude) or more.

Two shale gas companies, Ineos and Cuadrilla, have openly lobbied for the threshold to be raised because they said the regulations would make fracking commercially unviable.


Team Ineos: Anti-fracking campaigners warn of protests at Tour de Yorkshire

Anti-fracking campaigners say there will be protests against chemicals firm Ineos’ takeover of Team Sky at this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

Team Sky announced on Tuesday 19 March that it will become Team Ineos from 1 May, with the new team’s launch at the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire on 2 May.

Ineos, owned by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has rights to frack in sites in Yorkshire, Cheshire and the East Midlands, including 3 sites close to Sheffield (at Woodsetts, Harthill and Marsh Lane).

Ineos has yet to start at any of its sites because of planning disputes, with Ratcliffe criticising the government’s fracking rules last month.

Read more on the BBC website

Team Sky are soon to become Team Ineos (Photo by Simon Connellan)

Upcoming events

Folk and Blues Evening

Friday 29th March 2019
Dinnington Resource Centre, 131 Laughton Rd, Dinnington S25 2PP

Live music event in support of Woodsetts Against Fracking. This night is about the music and the WAF team are leaving their soapboxes at home, putting their listening ears on and getting ready to join you for a great night of fantastic sounds. Refreshments from the Resource Centre Bar are at hand to help the vibe. Ticket £11.25 each. 
Full details on the Woodsetts Against Fracking website

Frack Free Festival

Saturday 30th March – Monday 1st April
Various events and venues

Fighting Fracking on Fossil Fool’s Day: Family friendly weekend for local communities working together to challenge the fracking threat. The festival will be full of workshops and skill-sharing sessions from normal people with extraordinary experience in campaigning against fracking, and dedicated trainers with years of experience. There will also be space for discussions, performances, action planning and opportunities to learn what’s been happening on the front lines of frack free campaigning.
Full details on Facebook

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

All are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you can make it at the Facebook event or by email.

Festival of Debate: Our Planet Hub Day

Saturday 11th May 2019
Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QZ

In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of man-made climate change, how do we take action to significantly reduce our impact on the world? The challenge can seem too big, too daunting, and while knowledge and understanding are important, just as important is a belief that we can change things for the better. The Festival of Debate Our Planet Hub Day explores many related topics through a range of short concurrent sessions, before coming together for a concluding performance by pianist and climate activist Lola Perrin, featuring guest speaker Asad Rehman (booking required).

Among the speakers is Frack Free South Yorkshire founder and science teacher, David Burley. He will be discussing the topic, ‘How do you beat a government hell-bent on fracking?’ at 1.30pm

Sheffield Against Fracking will be having a stall at this event – please come and speak to us to find out more about fracking and why we’re fighting it.

Suggested donation: £5

Full details on the Festival of Debate website

Get involved

WE NEED YOU to help with the fight against fracking. Come and join us at one of our events. We’d love to meet you.

Learn from the SAF team and help spread the word. Have fun, eat cake, blow bubbles, play with dinosaurs and more.

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