Newsletter – October 2018

Latest news

First frack to go ahead in Lancashire

The first frack on a horizontal shale well in the UK, looks set to go ahead despite strong protests by campaigners and residents.

No fracking has taken place in the UK since 2011, when Cuadrilla suspended test fracking operations near Blackpool, Lancashire, after two earthquakes of 1.5 and 2.2 magnitude struck the area. The government then placed a moratorium on fracking but has since given it the green light and is actively supporting the industry.

The return of fracking in the UK will, coincidentally, come on the same week as the world’s top climate scientists issue a major new report on whether the world can hit a tougher global warming target, to limit temperature rises to 1.5C. Read more (The Guardian)

Local resident, Bob Dennett, has lodged an application for a High Court injunction to halt fracking operations at the Preston New Road site. The injunction hearing will take place on Wednesday 10th October 2018. Read more (Drill or Drop)

A peaceful demonstration is being organised by a collection of different groups on Saturday 20th October at the gates of Preston New Road. Watch out for more details coming soon.


Three anti-fracking protestors jailed
Rally outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site on 27 September 2018 in support of three men sent to prison for a 99-hour lorry protest against fracking. Photo: Peter Yankowski (via Drill or Drop)
Rally outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site on 27 September 2018 in support of three men sent to prison for a 99-hour lorry protest against fracking. Photo: Peter Yankowski (via Drill or Drop)

We were outraged that a group of peaceful protesters received prison sentences for standing up against fracking and trying to protect their communities and the environment. Read more (The Independent)

Anti-fracking campaigners have rallied in support of the men. Simon Roscoe Blevins, a soil scientist from Sheffield, Richard Roberts, a piano restorer from London, and Rich Loizou, a teacher from Devon, are now serving time in jail. A fourth man, Julian Brock, from Torquay, was given a suspended sentence. Read more (Drill or Drop)

‘It’s a strange society that massively rewards those responsible for causing more climate change while putting those trying to stop it in jail’


Political party conferences

What did the major political parties in England say about fracking at their  conferences?

Conservatives – Some Conservative politicians expressed fears about their party’s support for fracking amid suggestions the unpopular policy could cost them the next election. Read more (The Independent)

Labour – They say a future Labour government would ban fracking in England. Shadow energy secretary, Barry Gardiner, said fracking would make the UK dependent on fossil fuels when the priority should be clean energy. Read more (BBC)

Lib Dems – No reports of any discussion about fracking.

Greens – They promise to maintain direct protests against policies such as fracking and support others who do. Read more (The Guardian)



Upcoming events

Global Frackdown Carnival

Saturday 13 October
Starts at 2pm
Barkers Pool, Sheffield

You are invited to be a part of this powerful occasion, with 3 parts:

PART 1 (2-4pm): The Frackdown Carnival kicks off with a mass rally at Barkers Pool. At 3pm key speakers will share their vision of the future without fracking and their own experiences of the anti-fracking fight, human rights, renewables, social movement and hope! There will also be a samba bras band, anti-fracking songs, street theatre and a mass bubble blow against fracking flow (bring your own bubbles!)
PART 2 (4-6.30pm): An afternoon of free workshops, Q&A, talks and family-friendly fun at DINA, just 100m down the road. Food provided by DINA between 5.30-6.30pm (advance tickets only)
PART 3 (7.30pm-late): Fundraiser party at DINA – A celebration of a growing resistance – with funds raised going towards local appeals and resistance camps. With live music from Winston Macabre, Solar Love Society, 20ft Squid Blues Band, Otis Mensah and Poppers Revival. (advance tickets only)

Visit the event page on Facebook


Is Fracking Safe?

Monday 15 October
Harworth Comrades of the Great War and Social Club Limited, 43 Scrooby Road, Doncaster DN11 8JW

Come along and find out what fracking means for us and our future. The presentation will cover topics such as:
• What is fracking?
• What are the risks?
• How will it affect our village?
• What’s the effect on our homes, house prices and insurance?
• Why are the planning laws changing?
• Why does our government want it?
• What are the alternatives?

You will also have an opportunity to ask your own questions in the Q&A part of this presentation. Free entry, free parking, refreshments available.

Visit the event page on Facebook


3rd regional anti-fracking strategy meeting for South Yorkshire/East Midlands anti-fracking groups

Saturday 20 October
The Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, Rotherham S66 8JD

For active members of the South Yorkshire and East Midlands anti-fracking groups only.  Please let the organisers know if you are attending.

Visit the event page on Facebook


Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 6 November
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

Please join us at our next meeting and get involved – all are welcome!



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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