Thursday, 25 February 2016

Whispers Roar

 Time and again we revisit the PRO-fracking 'argument' and in nearly 5 years, it has not improved, learnt, grown or changed. Like all marketing campaigns, they will have thrown their best at this from the start and I think... they're all out of everything and running on empty -which helps 
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Whereas WE ...the anti-fracking movement have grown, learnt, studied, shared, built trust, found new ways to be seen and heard and are evolving to be damned fine at this... especially when you consider there was never a job description or a road map!
I wrote this to 'them':
Whispers Roar
You'll be stopped
dropped fast from agendas
as you scramble to un-write your news feeds
deeds that need to be undone
myths to be un-spun.
You've reached the end
of a finite marketing message
been on re-play loop too long
like an overplayed top 20 song
with nowhere else to go
but down and out.
So we'll win, we'll succeed
we'll be...
triumphant
because you do marketing like a drunkard.
Drooling inconvenient truths
seeping through
the spooling haze of you.
Little Wizard behind a curtain
...gone sheer
mere tiny impotent mortal
no corporate giant at all
no balls
...left to play
time to
go away.
We're picking at your seams
ripping apart your schemes
of domination
ever-growing opposition amassing
harassing at your doors
The whisper
“No more...”
Growing
to a ROAR

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Sensitive Receptors & other stuff

Went to Day 5 of Cuadrilla's appeal to overturn Lancashire County Council's rejection of their plans to frack for shale gas in Lancashire.

The circumstance is this:

[In September 2015, Cuadrilla lodged four Appeals to the Secretary of State against the decisions to refuse planning permission for both exploration sites, the monitoring site at Preston New Road and against one of the conditions imposed on the planning permission for the monitoring array at Roseacre Wood. The appeals will be determined on the basis of a co-joined public inquiry and heard by a single inspector. The Secretary of State, under section 79 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 6 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, has directed that he shall determine all the appeals.

This means the inspector will prepare a report and recommendations, which will be forwarded to the Secretary of State for determination. Wendy McKay LLB, Solicitor (non-practising) has been appointed by the Secretary of State as the inspector. The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Inquiry Procedure) (England) Rules 2000 as amended.]

More detail of dates etc HERE



I heard a term throughout the planning appeal today that was unfamiliar... it seemed the impact on individual people and communities was coming under the term "RECEPTOR/s".

This really bothers me; it removes the humanity, the truth of living things, the entity beyond the chemical interactions and reduces us to mere reactions (or not, as they would have us believe).
I was sure I was wrong in some way - that this can't be how we are discussed... so a search gave me the ugly truth on a planning site relating to Environmental Impact Assessments - and there we are; you, me, our children, our loved ones, our neighbours - alongside historic buildings:


"...grouping together certain aspects of the environment into broad receptor groups, for example, birds, bats, humans, historic buildings, etc."


Homogenised, sanitised, inhumane, ugly - I know it's a process and requires definitions but this... just seems so bloody damaging to the perception of impacts raised in planning applications and damagingly de-humanises process.

WE the Receptors? No. WE the people.

*The latest addition to our family arrived this week, my great-niece born 14 Feb 16... a little person, full of potential, full of promise and the very essence of why for many of us, our lives are on hold as we strive for her future. 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Week 2 in the fight for local democracy...

As the appeal to overturn a NO to fracking plans by Cuadrilla against Lancashire County Council (and the residents of Lancashire) enters its second week, here's what's coming up. As a resident of Lancashire, you are welcome to attend this PUBLIC meeting at the Blackpool Football Club

FULL programme available to download here
WATCH live here
CATCH UP on previous days here

THIS week's programme:
Tuesday 16 February
Day 5
9.30am until 2pm

PARTY:
Cuadrilla Bowland Limited & Cuadrilla Elswick Limited (CUA)

WITNESS:
Mr Tempany (Landscape) – Roseacre Wood

TIMINGS:
EiC – 45 Mins
Xx LCC – 30 – 45 Mins
Xx RAG/TRWPC – 1 Hour
Questions from third parties – 30 Mins
Rx & Inspector’s questions – 1 & ½ Hrs
….................................................................

Wednesday 17 February
Day 6
10am - 3pm (with short lunch break)

PARTY:
Cuadrilla Bowland Limited & Cuadrilla Elswick Limited (CUA)

WITNESS:
Mr Ojeil (Highways) – Roseacre Wood

TIMINGS:
EiC – 45 Mins
Xx LCC – 30 – 45 Mins
Xx RAG/TRWPC – 1 Hour
Xx CWNPC – 15 Mins
Questions from third parties – 30 Mins
Rx & Inspector’s questions – 1 & ½ Hrs

PLUS EVENING SESSION FOR PUBLIC:

Wednesday 17 February
Day 6
EVENING SESSION FOR INTERESTED PERSONS FOR THE ISSUES AT Roseacre Wood appeals
This commences at 6.30pm – 9.30pm
…...............................................................................................

Thursday 18 February
Day 7
10.00am

PARTY:
North West Chamber of Commerce (NWCOC)

WITNESS:
MS Babs Murphy

TIMINGS:
EiC – 30 Mins
Xx LCC – 20 Mins
Xx FOE – 1 hour
Questions from third parties – 15 Mins
Rx & Inspector’s questions – 30 Mins

WITNESS:
Mr James Bream

TIMINGS:
EiC – 30 Mins
Xx LCC – 20 Mins
Xx FOE – 20 Mins
Questions from third parties – 15 Mins
…..........................................................

Friday 19 February
Day 8
9.30am

WITNESS:
North West Chamber of Commerce (NWCOC) Mr Paul Matich

TIMINGS:
EiC – 1 Hour
Xx LCC – 20 Mins
Xx FOE – 20 Mins
Questions from third parties – 15 Mins
Rx & Inspector’s questions – 30 Mins

WITNESS:
Lancashire County Council (LCC) Mr Steve Maslam – Landscape – Preston New Road & Roseacre Woods

TIMINGS:
EiC – 30 Mins – 1 Hour
Xx CUA – 2 Hours

Rx & Inspector’s questions – 1 Hour

~x~

Big thanks this week to actor (Hulk) Mark Ruffalo for championing Frack Free Lancashire on the Red Carpet at the BAFTA ceremony



Saturday, 13 February 2016

Who is Responsible?

How it plays out when you have to go to court with the energy companies after they hurt you and your community - the video at the end of this blog is about the Porter Ranch methane leak (methane mixed with warm California sunshine is turning to formaldehyde now and the health consequences will be devastating) but could easily be any other corporate disaster endured by a communities and individuals.


Here we hear of the tricks, the behind-the-scenes deals and the huge difficulty facing anyone who takes them on - they will always have the best-paid lawyers, powerful connections and vast amounts of money to throw in our path (we the people have only our bodies to throw in their way).


Here in the UK, we are gradually facing the reality before us - not just with plans for unconventional energy like fracking but for all the harms that have already been and continue to be done by these companies. There's an ever-clearer realisation of the tight, almost seamless join between government and corporations... hand-in-hand to the exclusion of us.


I went to the moving and tragic memorial for 7 year old Zane who died 2 years ago as a result of the floods that mixed with the landfill that created the air he then breathed as he slept. His father is in a wheelchair and his mother, although physically healing ...is clearly impacted beyond imagining. They are fighting for the Truth About Zane​ and even the regulatory agencies (same ones we'd get for fracking) are not forthcoming with facts, are clearly not up to the task they are given and appear to be withholding vital information that Zane's family need... and we all need in order to prevent further loss of life.


It is with heavy sadness that we must go on fighting the clearly deranged plans and actions of our own government... why is it this way? Why are WE the regulators, investigators, researchers, protectors, alerts - when our taxes pay whole departments to be? What the hell is this farce of a democracy really, at its core? How do we extract truth from all the powerful, overwhelming blocks to it put there by the very structure of our system of government?


I have no answers but I don't suppose that can matter... in the end it is one foot in front of the other, one document more to digest, one person more to connect with and one more lovely community after another to stand with, until we're done.


What option is there? We are unstoppable because we have no other option.