Monday, 20 August 2018

Campaign Update - August 2018

Fracking
  • Richard provided an update. The Marsh Lane application was approved largely on grounds of putative energy needs.
  • Sheffield Climate Alliance are continuing to meet regularly with councillor Jack Scott.
  • A training workshop for councillors, with the Council’s Chief Planning Officer and two independent experts, is likely to be 26 or 27 September. It will look at the issues of waste fracking water at Ecclesfield.
  • Alan and Richard visited the Mission Springs and Tinker Lane protection camps. 
  • Detailed information on recent anti-fracking news and plans available from Sheffield Against Fracking website and newsletter.
Plastics
  • The Deep in Hull apparently don’t want groups for their beach clean activity so we have dropped this as a social event.
  • We were contacted by the Brownies to see if we could do a talk about plastics. Richard will follow this up and offer to do a talk.
  • Our main campaign focus at the minute is the opportunity for organising a local film screening  of  “A Plastic Ocean” with a panel discussion afterwards. Shaun has identified a number of options that he and Bert will follow up in terms of collaborative showings: We have the opportunity to screen “Blue Heart” about damming rivers but we feel it will be difficult to build up an audience. 

Air Pollution
  • We are aware of national Friends of the Earth's Freedom of Information request to the council to obtain a copy of the feasibility study for Nitrogen Dioxide Compliance (required by DEFRA by 31 March 2018, under the Environment Act 1995, Air Quality Direction 2017) which identifies options for compliance with legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide. The council haven't provided this as the document is still in draft. Friends of the Earth are working on this and we will help if we can.