In this week’s update on protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:
- “Rig surfer” protest in West Sussex;
- Anti-fracking campaigners gather outside Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site;
- Women’s protest at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site;
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8 September 2017
Cleaner, Greener Champions awards, Solaris Centre, Blackpool
7 September 2017
Protest at Third Energy’s KM8 site
Opponents of Third Energy’s planned fracking operation at Kirby Misperton gathered outside the site as contractors delivered fencing.
The company had said it would not start work until 16 September 2017 but North Yorkshire County Council said later that the fencing was to screen off a footpath which had been closed for six months and it did not regard the delivery as a breach of planning conditions which have yet to be signed off.
Opponents criticised the company for poor communication and for using a bridleway and farm track to reach the site, reportedly against the advice of police.
Cllr Karen Garrett, said:
“Bridleways are for horse riders and pedestrians, they are not the public highway. “It is unlikely the police would advise the use of a bridleway.”
Third Energy told the Gazette and Herald:
“A group of protestors illegally blocked the normal entrance to the well-site so two lorries used a different access route. This route was a farm track, across private land and which Third Energy has the owner’s permission to use.”
North Yorkshire Police would not confirm or deny that the advice had been given.
Rig protest at Pease Pottage Services, West Sussex
A man climbed on to a drilling rig en route from UKOG’s Broadford Bridge oil exploration site near Billingshurst to the Angus Energy site at Lidsey near Broadford Bridge. He was later arrested and charged under section 241 of the Trades Union and Labour Relations Act.
6 September 2017
Women’s protest at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, Preston New Road, nr Blackpool
Police set limits on North Yorkshire fracking protests. DrillOrDrop report