Frack Off April Newsletter: Fracking Industry Counts Cost Of More Delays

16 April 2018 — Frack Off!


Over a year into the fracking industry’s latest offensive against local communities the sustained resistance it has provoked its having significant effects. Any major fracking project you can think of is either stalled or running well behind schedule. With over 300 community groups (and rising) pitted against an industry currently starved of investor cash due to low oil prices, the impact of these delays (and the associated increased costs) are not inconsiderable. The fracking industry is busy gathering geological and social data (how much costly disruption would there be to production) with the intention of securing further investment when oil prices inevitably rise again, and the current resistance is slowing down gathering of geological data while producing social data which will worry potential investors.

Cuadrilla’s flagship project at Preston New Road in Lancashire is the largest fracking tests planned to date in the UK, is running 8 months behind schedule and counting, and has already been scaled back from 4 wells to just 2. Meanwhile on the other side of the country Third Energy is going nowhere with their project at Kirby Misperton and Ineos has had 3 planning applications rejected and is having trouble completing its seismic survey in the East Midlands (see below for details). Many areas including Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex, and Yorkshire are under increasing threat from the fracking industry and even if you don’t live in one of these areas, the tentacles of these threatened fracking sites spread far and wide, with trucks hauling frac sand, radioactive liquid and solid waste and equipment across the country from Aberdeen to Great Yarmouth.


What can you do? Everyone can make a difference in the fight against fracking:

  • Get organised: Is there a anti-fracking group defending your community? If so, join it! If not, form one!
  • Spread the word: Organise public meetings, film screenings, street stalls etc.
  • Support other communities: At any point in time various communities are under threat and need your solidarity
  • Do you live near a fracking support site? Check out our factsheet detailing Cuadrilla’s plans. Your community may be threatened with impacts (e.g. fracking waste being dumped or transported through your community) even if you live hundreds of miles from Lancashire.

Frack Off can help with information, support or outreach materials. Contact and see our get involved page.



Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources has been working on its frack pad at Preston New Road for 1 year and 3 months, and has just announced that it has completed drilling of the first well. This puts the company approximately 8 months behind its original schedule, and even allowing for unforeseen technical problems this is a testament to the impact of continuing resistance from local communities, and the rolling blockade outside the site. Resistance has also spread to sites supporting the construction with regular popup demos outside various support sites. Cuadrilla’s original plans called for drilling and hydraulically fracturing 4 horizontal wells at the Preston New Road over a 2 year period, but this has been scale back to 2 wells in the face of the ongoing resistance. These plans will require upto 20,000 truck movements and produce millions of gallons of toxic and radioactive liquid waste. A second site at Roseacre Wood still doesn’t have planning permission with a new planning inquiry underway now. See: Resist Lancashire Fracking and New Lancashire Threat: Cuadrilla`s Fracking Plans.


Trucks are rolling in an attempt to construct the East Midlands first fracking sites at Springs Road in Misson and Tinker Lane near Blyth, in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire. Frack Free Misson and Frack Free Tinker Lane, supported by groups from across the region and beyond, are resisting these ongoing construction efforts. In production fracking in the region could see thousands of wells drilled across the region, if not stopped. Fracking company IGas Energy has plans to drill up to two test wells, including one horizontal well, at Springs Road and one test well at Tinker Lane. The area is in the Gainsborough Trough, a geological formation where the Bowland Shale is thought to contain gas that could potentially be extract. However, exploitation would require coating the area in thousands of fracking wells. See Communities Mobilising To Resist Threat From Nottinghamshire Frack Pads.


Fracking company Ineos Upstream, a subsidiary of the chemical giant Ineos, is not having an easy time in its attempts to impose fracking on the communities living in its licence areas. So far all 3 of its planning applications for test sites have been refused, and must now go to costly appeals, while its fracking survey in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire which was supposed to be completed by the end of 2018 still has large chunks missing due to resistance from landowners. Ineos’s plans for a seismic survey in North Yorkshire are meeting similar problems.The planned Ineos fracking test sites are at Bramleymoor Lane in Derbyshire, and at Harthill and Woodsetts in Rotherham. The planning inquiry for Bramleymoor Lane begins in Chesterfield in Tues 19th June and the Harthill inquiry begins Tues 24th April in Rotherham. See: Local Communities Stand Up To Ineos Fracking Threat and Ineos Fracking Seismic Survey Plans Need Resisting.


The fracking of large swathes of Sussex and Surrey for shale/tight oil is a growing threat with four major test sites already drilled and a fifth planned. In West Sussex, Broadford Bridge near Billingshurst and Balcombe have already been drilled, while in Surrey Horse Hill and Brockham. Drilling is planned at a fifth site in Surrey, Leith Hill, before the end of the year. The combination of these developments poses a significant fracking threat in the Weald Basin, threatening not only the local communities near these sites but the whole of South East England. Fracking companies, principly UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG)Angus Energy and Europa Oil & Gas are drilling these test wells into the Kimmeridge Clay shale formation, and are now pushing forward with plans to flow test the wells for unconventional tight/shale oil. This is just the beginning of attempts to finance much larger plans to frack whole swaths of Sussex and Surrey. Exploitation of tight oil would mean drilling hundreds or thousands of wells across large areas of Sussex and Surrey. See: Fracking The Weald: The Growing Tight Oil Threat.


East Midlands

  • Bolsover Against Fracking Meeting – Tues 17th April, 7:30pm at Oxcroft Miners Welfare is the next meeting for Bolsover Against Fracking…. Find out more »
    17 April 2018, 7:30 pm | Frack Free Bolsover | Oxcroft Miners Social Club, Clowne Road, Stanfree, Chesterfield S44 6AG, UK

  • Coal Aston and Dronfield Against Fracking Meeting – We will be meeting to discuss what action Coal Aston and Dronfield residents & businesses can take t… Find out more »
    25 April 2018, 7:15 pm | Dronfield Against Fracking | Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XP, UK

  • Misson Springs Solidarity Weekend – We have been busy establishing the camp and would like to open our gates to our anti fracking friend… Find out more »
    12 May 2018, 12:00 pm | Frack Free Nottinghamshire | Springs Rd, Misson, Nr. Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6ET, UK

  • Coal Aston and Dronfield Against Fracking Meeting – We will be meeting to discuss what action Coal Aston and Dronfield residents & businesses can take t… Find out more »
    23 May 2018, 7:15 pm | Dronfield Against Fracking | Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield S18 2XP, UK

  • The Bentley Effect Film night – An evening with cakes and coffee / tea to further the understanding of the impact of fracking on a c… Find out more »
    25 May 2018, 7:00 pm | Frack Free Warsop | The Oaklands Complex, Oakfield Lane, Warsop NG20 0JE, UK

North West

  • Manchester Solidarity Day at Preston New Road – Cuadrilla Resources have announced that they have completed their horizontal drilling and are nearly… Find out more »
    16 April 2018, 9:00 am | Frack Free Greater Manchester | Central Coach Station, Chorlton St, Manchester M1 3JF, UK

  • Music and Mayhem from Lancaster at Preston New Road – Bring yourself, your friends and something bash-able to the Cuadrilla site at Preston New Road, PR4 … Find out more »
    17 April 2018, 9:00 am | Lancaster Fights Fracking | Preston New Rd, Preston PR4 3PF, UK

  • Anti-Frack Benefit Gig with Dohnut! – Dohnut (formerly known as eating disorder), Creeping Heat, Urban Blitzz, Slug Butter provide music f… Find out more »
    20 April 2018, 7:30 pm | Lancaster Fights Fracking | The Yorkshire House 2 Parliament Street, Lancaster LA1 1DB, UK

  • Bolton Against Fracking Monthly Meeting – Monthly meeting for Bolton Against Fracking. To update what is happening locally, regionally and nat… Find out more »
    9 May 2018, 7:00 pm | Bolton Against Fracking | Cotton Tree, 15 Prince Street, Halliwell, Bolton, BL1 2NP, UK

South East

  • Power Trip – Fracking in the UK film screening + Q/A – The first screening in a UK tour of this inspiring, thought-provoking and timely film about fracking… Find out more »
    26 April 2018, 7:00 pm | Broadford Bridge Action Group | Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2BF, UK

  • Gig against the rig – The Circus is coming! – Tickets available from the shop at The Plough Inn… Find out more »
    4 May 2018, 8:00 pm | A Voice For Leith Hill | The Plough Inn, Abinger Rd, Coldharbour, Dorking RH5 6HD, UK

South West

  • Frack Free Yeovil General Meeting – *Any interested in attending who have not previously attended meetings, please pm Michael J Vickery … Find out more »
    17 April 2018, 7:00 pm | Frack Free Yeovil | Meadow Road, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 5PD, UK

  • Frack Free North Somerset Monthly Meeting – The Frack Free North Somerset group meets monthly to discuss the issue of fracking and what we can d… Find out more »
    1 May 2018, 7:30 pm | Frack Free North Somerset | Weston Super Mare Working Mens Club, 6/10 Orchard St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1RQ, United Kingdom

  • Frack Free Yeovil General Meeting – *Any interested in attending who have not previously attended meetings, please pm Michael J Vickery … Find out more »
    8 May 2018, 7:00 pm | Frack Free Yeovil | Meadow Road, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 5PD, UK


  • Public Meeting: Are we going to be fracked? – Presentation by Frack Free South Yorkshire… Find out more »
    16 April 2018, 7:00 pm | Frack Free South Yorkshire | The Lyric Theatre, 62a Laughton Rd, Dinnington, Sheffield S25 2PS, UK

  • Frack Free Ecclesfield And Chapletown Meeting – Monthly meeting of Frack Free Ecclesfield and Chapletown. All welcome!… Find out more »
    17 April 2018, 7:30 pm | Frack Free Ecclesfield And Chapletown | Travellers Inn, 286 The Common, Sheffield S35 9WP, UK

  • Frack Free Penistone & Stocksbridge present The Bentley Effect –… Find out more »
    19 April 2018, 7:00 pm | Frack Free Penistone & Stocksbridge | The Venue, 650 Manchester Rd, Stocksbridge, Sheffield S36 1AJ, UK

  • Public Meeting – Methley – Join Frack Free Leeds for an introduction to Fracking, and to discuss the risks associated with Frac… Find out more »
    21 April 2018, 3:00 pm | Frack Free Leeds | St Margaret’s Hall, Main Street, Methley, Yorkshire LS26 9JE, UK

  • Fundraising Car Boot Sale – At Woodsetts Recreation Ground (postponed till Sat 21st April due to weather)… Find out more »
    21 April 2018, 10:00 am | Woodsetts Against Fracking | Gildingwells Road, Woodsetts, Worksop S81 8QA, UK

  • Flash Mob Costume Making Session! – Come make costumes with us for our upcoming Flash Mob performance (more details below). We need merm… Find out more »
    26 April 2018, 5:30 pm | Frack Free Leeds | Bridge Street Church Building, Bridge Street, Leeds, LS2 7QZ, UK

  • Public Meeting: Fracking in the Dearne? – Licences to test frack in the Dearne have been issued by the Government. Come and find out how frack… Find out more »
    27 April 2018, 7:30 pm | Frack Free Dearne Valley | Swinton W.M.C, Swinton, Mexborough S64 8AX, UK

  • Fracking Fiasco at DINA – ?? A night of food, live music, art, DJs, talks and ANTI-FRACKING! 6pm-3am ?? Get your ti… Find out more »
    27 April 2018, 6:00 pm | Sheffield Against Fracking | DINA, 32A-34 Cambridge St, Sheffield S1 4HP, UK

  • Sheffield Against Fracking Monthly Meeting – … Find out more »
    1 May 2018, 7:30 pm | Sheffield Against Fracking | Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB, UK

  • Martin Carthy Concert. Support David Swann – Folk Singers Against Fracking present Martin Carthy, ‘Arguably the greatest English folk song pe… Find out more »
    4 May 2018, 7:30 pm | Frack Free Ryedale | Memorial Hall, Potter Hill, Pickering YO18 8AA, UK

  • Frack Free Flash Mob! – Did you know that Leeds is one of only 4 places in the UK that can process Fracking Waste Water? Urg… Find out more »
    5 May 2018, 11:00 am | Frack Free Leeds | Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT, UK

  • Award winning ‘The Bentley Effect’ film screening – Join us for an inspiring evening! The award winning documentary film The Bentley Effect will be sh… Find out more »
    17 May 2018, 7:00 pm | Frack Free Penistone & Stocksbridge | The Venue, 650 Manchester Rd, Stocksbridge, Sheffield S36 1AJ, UK


See our interactive map for all planning applications, licences etc. Active planning applications:


With around 300+ anti-fracking groups organising against the industry across the country, there are now too many to list in a newsletter. Please see our groups page for the full list. If there isn’t one in your community, now would be an excellent time to start one! Contact if you want any help or support and definitely check out our guide to campaigning for new anti-fracking groups here: Get Involved.





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