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Protest update: 30 October-12 November 2017

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Labour and trades union rally at Kirby Misperton, 3 November 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

In this update on protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:

  • Labour rally at Kirby Misperrton;
  • Suffragette-style protest at Pickering Conservative offices;
  • Sit-down and lorry protest at Preston New Road;
  • Slow walk protests facilitated by police;
  • Anti-fracking rally in Sherwood Forest;
  • Acquittal of Greenpeace volunteer campaigners;
  • High Court protest over INEOS injunction.

This post will be updated throughout the week. Please let us know (click here) about events which you think should be included.


9 November 2017

Lorry surfer at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site

A man climbed onto a lorry going into Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site at about 1.50pm. North Yorkshire Police said he was brought down and arrested at about 5.40pm

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Lorry protest, Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site, 9 November 2017. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

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Lorry protest, Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site, 9 November 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

8 November 2017

Slow walk protests

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Slow walk protest, Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, 8 November 2017. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police reported there had been two slow walk protests outside Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site. They were at 10.50am and 1.25pm, both of about 20 minutes, the force said.

7 November 2017

Scarecrows against fracking event

Farmers against fracking gathered outside Third Energy’s KM8 well in North Yorkshire  site to display their anti-fracking scarecows.

Matt Trevelyan, a local sheep farmer, said:

‘’When we come to the gates to protest we are empowered. It means we haven’t given up the fight and retreated to our warm front rooms. It means we still believe we can win.”

He called on farmers and landowners to deny fracking companies access to their land.

“We must refuse INEOS, IGAS, Cuadrilla and Third Energy access to our land. As farmers and landowners, this may be the single most important thing we can do. We need to talk to our neighbours and work together to ensure that every inch of this beautiful land is as difficult for them to access as possible.”

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Slow walk protest

North Yorkshire Police said it allowed 10 people to walk in front of a lorry on Habton Road, delivering to Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton. The protest at 2.05pm, delayed the delivery for about 20 minutes, the police said.

6 November 2017

“Lorry surfing” and sit-down protest

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Sit-down protest at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 6 November 2017. Photo: Frack Free Lancashire

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Sit-down protest at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, 6 November 2017. Photo: Frack Free Lancashire

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“Lorry surfing” protest outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, 6 November 2017. Photo: Ros Wlls

Opponents of Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road near Blackpool took part in a sit-down protest to block access to the site. A campaigner also climbed on top of a tanker outside the entrance.

Women chained themselves to Tory HQ railings

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Two women chained to railings at Pickering Conservative offices, 6 November 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

Two women chained themselves to railings at Pickering Conservative offices in a Suffragette-style protest against Third Energy’s fracking plans in North Yorkshire. They were later joined by other local women in a protest outside the town’s Barclays branch. The bank owns 97% of Third Energy. DrillOrDrop report

Slow walk protest at Kirby Misperton

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Slow walk protest at Kirby Misperton, 6 November 2017. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police said about 20 campaigners took part in a slow walk protest on Habton Road, delaying a delivery to Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking sie by about 20 minutes.

Slow walk protest

Security staff pushed and grappled with anti-fracking protesters  attempting an early morning slow walk near Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site. The protest aimed to slow down the security officers on their way to work. More details coming soon.


5 November 2017

Charter of the Forest and Fracking

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Charter of the Forest event, 5 November 2017. Photo: Greg Hewitt

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Charter of the Forest event, 5 November 2017. Photo: Greg Hewitt

Dozens of opponents of shale gas gathered at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest to voice concerns about drilling and fracking in the area. The event, organised by Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Nottingham, marked the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, which re-established the rights of ordinary people to use the land for their own purposes, such as grazing and gathering food and wood.


4 November 2017

Trades Union rally at Kirby Misperton

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Several hundred trades unionists took part in a march through Kirby Misperton in protest at Third Energy’s plans to frack in the North Yorkshire village.

The march, organised by the United union, attracted people from across the north of England.


3 November 2017

Greenpeace lock-on protesters acquitted

Volunteers protesting against fracking are found not guilty

Volunteers protesting against fracking are found not guilty

10 Greenpeace volunteers who took part in a lock-on protest outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool were acquitted at the end of a trial this week. DrillOrDrop report


2 November 2017

Slow walk protest

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Slow walk protest at Kirby Misperton, 2 November 2017. Photo: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police said it facilitated a slow walk protest at Kirby Misperton when a group of campaigners walked in front of a delivery lorry at about 12.55pm.

Superintendent Alisdair Dey said:

“We need to balance the rights, needs and wishes of everyone at the site, including those who want to assemble and protest safely and peacefully.

“Every day, officers will engage with the protest community, explaining clearly what is acceptable in terms of safety and reasonableness, and what action will be taken if necessary.”


31 October 2017

Challenge to INEOS injunction against fracking protests

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Campaigners protesting about INEOS’s injunction against anti-fracking demonstrations. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Anti-fracking campaigner, Joe Corre, began his three-day challenge in the High Court to the INEOS injunction against fracking protests. The court also heard from a second challenger, Joe Boyd. DrillOrDrop reports. Judgement in the case was deferred and is expected within the next few weeks.


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