Newsletter – November 2018

Latest news

Cuadrilla, fracking and tremors at Preston New Road

There have been a series of small earth tremors recorded since fracking operations commenced at the Preston New Road site on 15 October 2018. Operations have halted due to tremors reaching the red level in the traffic light warning system. Several signs suggest the company has not undertaken any fracking in over a fortnight (see this article on The Guardian website dated 16th November).

Conservative and Labour MPs in Lancashire have written to the business secretary, Greg Clark, demanding action following a series of tremors linked to Cuadrilla’s fracking operation near Blackpool.

Mark Menzies, the Conservative representing the area around the shale gas site, called for an independent assessment of the well. Gordon Marsden, the MP for the neighbouring constituency, was among six Lancashire Labour MPs who have called separately for a moratorium. The energy minister, Claire Perry, has also answered three parliamentary questions on the issue. Read more at


Tinker Lane update

IGas is currently building a drilling rig at its Tinker Lane shale gas site in north Nottinghamshire, less than 30 miles from Sheffield. It is the first shale gas exploration site in the East Midlands.

Protectors have been camped at the site gates since 24th June 2018 and are still monitoring and protesting each and everyday.

If you want to join the protectors at Tinker Lane, help will always be appreciated, even if you can only spare a couple of hours. Find out more and get involved – visit the Frack Free Misson Facebook page and join the Frack Free Tinker Lane Facebook group.

Tinker Lane drilling rig under construction (Photo: Alan Finney)

The drilling rig at Tinker Lane, lit up at night (Photo: Li Dobs)

Upcoming events

In the Pink

Thursday 22nd November
All day
Tinker Lane fracking site, DN22 8PA

Women’s day at Tinker Lane – turn up in something pink and blingy. If you don’t have anything pink, we hope to see you there anyway.

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Fracking Awareness Evening

Thursday 29th November
Barnby Memorial Hall, High Street, Blyth S81 8EW

You may have seen more activity at the ‘Tinker Lane’ drilling site on Retford Road, between Blyth & Barnby Moor. What will this 24 hour drilling mean for our community? Come along and ask all those burning questions.

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Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 4th December
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

We will mostly be eating mince pies and going to the pub for festive drinks, after a very brief meeting at the Central United Reformed Church. Please come and join us for a bit of festive cheer!

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Quiz night

Saturday 8th December
Starts at 7pm
Harthill Village Hall, S26 7UL

Raising funds for Harthill Against Fracking and Wales Ward Labour. Quizmaster: Dominc Beck. Maximum of 6 people per team. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Tickets £8 each (includes pie and peas) available form Tanimara and Harthill Greengrocers.

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Can you spare a few hours?

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 bask in the sunshine.

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