Defend Localism!

Take the advice of Greg Clark, ex-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government

Greg Clark

"Those who are prepared to organise to be more effective and more efficient should be able to reap substantially the rewards of that boldness ...

Take power now. Don’t let yourself, any longer, be ruled by someone else"

How many wells?
PNRAG Wells
Click the image from more information on Cuadrilla's plans for PEDL 165
Fracking Employment

From the Financial Times 16 October 2013

AMEC forecast just 15,900 to 24,300 nationwide - direct & indirect

Jobs would typically be short term, at between four and nine years

Only 17% of jobs so far have gone to local people

Rubbish!

Looking for misinformation, scaremongering, lies or stupidity?

It's all on this website (but only on this one post ) featuring the Reverend Mike Roberts.

(Oops - there's more! )

Here though is our favourite Reverend Roberts quote of all time - published in the Lancashire Evening Post on 5th August 2015

"If you dare oppose fracking you will get nastiness and harassment whether on social media, or face-to-face"

Yes you!
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr Seuss
We are not for sale!
England is not for sale!
Wrongmove

Join the ever growing number of households who have signed up to the Wrongmove campaign!

Tell Cuadrilla and the Government that your house is "Not for Shale"

Wrongmove
Be a flea
"Many fleas make big dog move"
Japanese Proverb quoted by Jessica Ernst
No to Fracking
Love Lytham Say No to Fracking
Make sense?
The Precautionary Principle

When an activity or occurrence raises threats of serious or irreversible harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.
Contact Us
Click here to contact us by email
Private Eye
How can I help?
Find out here
Email updates

Subscribe to our mailing list

Follow us on Twitter
Our Tweets

Wishy Washy – A sign of things to come?

We learned yesterday on the Drill or Drop website that Senior Lancashire County Council councillors have been criticising Cuadrilla‘s record on planning conditions.

Marcus Johnson, the cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, told the council’s development control committee this morning: “It has to be said that, as we are discovering at Preston New Road, the applicant [Cuadrilla] doesn’t have a particularly good record when it comes to planning conditions.”

Shall we just take a look at one of the things that is in question currently to see just why our Councillors seem to be losing patience with our off-shore speculator backed chums at Cuadrilla? Wheel washing.

Wishy Washy

The “Preston New Road Exploration Site Construction Method Statement“, forms part of their planning permission. It states in its very first paragraph that:

The CMS identifies a number of planning conditions applicable to the phase of operation and how they will be complied with on site

In this document we can see that it states very clearly that:

Once the new access has been surfaced a wheel cleaning facility will be installed immediately beyond the surfaced area. This is identified in drawing PNRJ-ARP-DR-CH-0003.A dry wheel wash system will be installed on the outbound lane of the new access road which all delivery wagons will have to drive over prior to leaving site during the construction phase.

What is the new access referred to? It is clearly the 20 metre area between the road and the cattle grid shown here highlighted in brown.

It has already been surfaced as can clearly be seen here, and has been for at least two weeks, maybe longer.

– so according to the plan, a wheel cleaning facility should have been installed two weeks ago, or at very least before any further work on the access road was started. There is a clear critical path identified in the document which goes on to clarify:

Following completion of the temporary site compound, site access junction and wheel washing facilities the works will commence on the main access road. Topsoil will be stripped using tracked excavators with topsoil formed into bunds and treated as described above. The topsoil strip will be undertaken prior to any construction traffic being permitted on the area in accordance with Landscaping, Biodiversity and Archaeological requirements.

Specifically this is what is required according to the permission to operate granted to Cuadrilla:

The dry wheel wash unit uses a bar system which provides efficient wheel cleaning along with environmental benefits, e.g. no waste water, no diesel use, no concrete sump installation, no queues of vehicles waiting for the jet wash. The wheel wash will be monitored by a trained operative to ensure that wagons are suitably clean to exit onto the public highway. If the wheels on the wagon are clean before the entering the wheel wash then it can be driven past the facility to avoid unnecessary cleaning and noise generation. The wheel wash is easily maintained and cleaned by lifting the unit, using the lifting points along the sections and removing the debris with a site based loading shovel or bucket. The dry wheel wash system will be monitored and cleaned out at least weekly or more often if required. As a precaution a road sweeper will be kept on standby to ensure that in the unlikely event of debris or mud being deposited on the A583 then it will be cleared as soon as practicable. Site representatives will conduct daily visual checks during construction to monitor tracked mud being taken onto the public highway to inform whether a road sweeper is needed. The dry wheel wash will typically be as shown in the photograph in figure 3.A standard system is approximately 20m long, with 2 x 3m on/off ramps and 2 x 7m centre sections and can clean up to 15 vehicles per hour if necessary.

Figure 3: Indicative photo of proposed wheel wash

Not only is there no sign of the proposed wheel wash system, the staff on site when questioned appear to have no idea that it was required as soon as the 20 meter access area was surfaced and before further work on the pad access road was started, and even though this has been pointed out to them on numerous occasions they refuse to comply with the regulation and continually allow HGVs and other vehicles to leave the site without any form of wheel cleaning.

On occasion under severe pressure from protectors via the police PLOs they have given wheels a perfunctory dry brush. However, the police claim that they are powerless here and that any attempt to stop a vehicle which has not had its wheels cleaned leaving the site would result in arrest. The best that the police can suggest, in the absence of any enforcement by LCC, is to contact the Environment Agency or our local MP.

Here is a photo (courtesy of Ros Wills) of a truck leaving the site without its wheel having been given any treatment at all.

It is clear from all this that work on the main access road, which is well under way, should not have been started until the wheel wash facilities were installed, but Cuadrilla appear to believe that they can play fast and loose with the terms they have agreed.

Is it any wonder that senior councillors are losing patience, and what can we expect when they start to deal with more serious matters like fracking? If they can’t stick to rules on something as simple as wheel washing, what hope is there that they won’t cut corners where the stakes are considerably higher?

Lancashire County Council Planning Department have been contacted and we will update this article with any response that we receive. If Cuadrilla’s “Community Information Line” can shed any light on this we’ll publish their response as well.

POST SCRIPT

I have now spoken with LCC Planning Department and received a peculiar sort of response. In essence they seem happy to ignore the clear statement that “The CMS identifies a number of planning conditions applicable to the phase of operation and how they will be complied with on site” on the grounds that the condition was (in his opinion) badly drafted. (Who drafted it?). The fact that work has continued in breach of the clearly stated conditions on the CMS, does not appear to concern the Planning Department as no accidents have happened as a result. There was no satisfactory response to my point that allowing breaches until something happens is a pretty appalling way of enforcing regulation.

Apparently Cuadrilla have now brought in a wheel washer (but not the equipment specified in the CMS). This is acceptable to the planners if no dirt is allowed to get onto the highway, pending their provision of the specified equipment. Again there was no satisfactory response to the point that, while it may be acceptable to be flexible with regard to site construction, when a CMS is in place such flexibility should be discussed and documented before being allowed.

So it appears that yet again Cuadrilla get away with having flouted planning conditions. At what point will the council start to sit up and take notice?

POST POST SCRIPT

Shortly after I got the complacent response from the planning department this photo was posted on Facebook

Shame on our planning department.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

We’re not Backing Fracking
Not Backing Fracking
... but we love their web site
Drill or Drop
Drill or Drop
Drill or Drop is a "must read" resource for those wanting to keep up to date on the issues.
Fracking here’s a bad idea!
Who's fault?

"What you have to be able to do when you decide you want to hydraulic fracture is make sure there are no faults in the area. That's really very very important"

Professor Mike Stephenson - Director of Science and Technology - British Geological Survey

Fracking the UK
Fracking The UK

Fracking the UK Volumes I and II now available free from this site

"Untrustworthy, unbalanced and potentially brain washing." - Amazon Review
Yes the industry hated the first volume that much :-)

Both volumes now available as free downloads from this site Click here to download

Fracking in the Media
Campaign Groups
Frack Free Lancashire
Frack Free Lancashire

Preston New Road Action Group
Preston New Road Action Group

Refracktion
Refracktion

Defend Lytham
Defend Lytham

RAFF Group

REAF Group
Ribble Estuary Against Fracking

FFF
Frack Free Fylde

Fracking Free Ireland
Fracking Free Ireland

Fracking Digest
Fracking Digest - a summary of the week's news

Frack Free Balcombe
Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association


Frack Free Sussex
Frack Free Sussex


Frack Free York
Frack Free York


Halsall Against Fracking
Halsall Against Fracking

If you would like your group to be added please contact us

Other Groups
Categories