Campaigners against climate change from across northern England formed a symbolic thin red line outside a meeting in Manchester about UK onshore oil and gas
Martin Porter, of Manchester Greenpeace, told a demonstration of around 50 people outside the city’s conference centre
“Fracking is our red line”
It was not compatible with the UK’s climate change obligations, he said.
Development of a shale gas industry would stop investment in wind, wave and solar power. He said it was important to know there was an alternative to shale gas.
“It’s jobs and clean air. It’s energy security, public transport, warm houses and fewer private jets.”
“It’s a sane, humane and ecological world. It will happen. It must happen. But it ain’t going to be easy.”
The meeting, sponsored by the industry body UK Onshore Oil and Gas, is focusing on planning and environmental issues. The speakers include UKOOG’s Ken Cronin, consultants from Barton Willmore and Amec Foster Wheeler, and academics Professor Paul Younger and Professor Jon Gluyas. Conference programme
Outside the conference centre, Tina Rothery, the Lancashire anti-fracking campaigner who is being pursued by Cuadrilla for more than £55,000 in legal fees, said:
“We have objected for five years, continuously in towns up and down the country.
“The government chooses not to listen to us.
“We should be able to ask our councillors to research the documents we do but they don’t.
“We should be able to ask our MPs to be a voice in parliament because we can’t be and they don’t.
“We should be able to ask our Prime Minister and our ruling government party to listen to our concerns and be willing to debate with us. Even the industry won’t debate with us. We’ve asked for five years and we’ve never had an actual debate on this.”
She said she was not giving up in her refusal to pay Cuadrilla.
“It is really not that noble or honourable. All it is is: ‘Would any of you give in? Woud any of you give a penny to Cuadrilla?’ So it’s not heroic. We are all the same”.
- DrillOrDrop twice requested a press pass to the meeting but the organisers said none were available. Ruth Hayhurst made a 526 mile round trip to report the industry’s views in case space was available but she was refused entry. She invited speakers to do an interview in the conference centre lobby or let her see their presentations. If any take up our request DrillOrDrop will report their views..