Legal

Update: Barton Moss fracking protest trial adjourned until tomorrow

The trial in Manchester of more than 40 people on charges arising from last year’s protests outside the IGas drilling site at Barton Moss has been adjourned until tomorrow morning (Friday).

The people on trial have denied all the offences, which include obstruction and aggravated trespass. At previous hearings they have argued that their actions were justified because IGas was acting unlawfully.

Environmental scientist, Dr Aidan Foley, told a hearing in March 2015 that soil samples from a field next to the Barton Moss site in Salford had “dangerous levels of contamination”. But he said more testing was needed to establish where the contamination came from.

The results of additional environmental tests had been expected to be released this afternoon when the trial had been due to resume. But court staff said the case would now begin again tomorrow morning at 10am.

Report of this morning’s hearing

Report of March 2015 hearing

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