Women chain themselves to Tory HQ railings in Yorkshire fracking protest

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Anti-fracking protest outside Conservative headquarters in Pickering, 6 November 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

Two women chained themselves to railings outside a Conservative Party building in Pickering this morning in protest at Third Energy’s plans to frack in the area.

In a suffragette-style protest, the women wore yellow sashes reading Ban Fracking #WeSaidNo.

They were later joined by other local women in a protest outside the Pickering branch of Barclays Bank, which owns 97% of Third Energy.

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Anti-fracking protest outside Conservative headquarters in Pickering, 6 November 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

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Anti-fracking protest outside Barclays Bank in Pickering, 6 November 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

The Energy Department has yet to grant Third Energy final permission to frack its KM8 well at Kirby Misperton, between Pickering and Malton. But the company is thought be ready to begin the process as soon as consent is granted.

Kevin Hollinrake, the Conservative MP whose constituency includes Kirby Misperton, has said he would call for a moratorium on fracking if it could not be “carried out whilst staying inside acceptable environmental limits”.

A spokesperson for the protesters said:

“The Suffragettes had to battle for the most basic rights. We are determined to fight with the same dogged determination for our right to clean water and air.

“We will continue until our government listens to our voices. Every time we complain of poor practice or planning breaches we are told that fracking is safe, and we have gold standard regulation. This is simply not what we are witnessing.”

Last week, analysis commissioned by Friends of the Earth concluded that Third Energy had not properly carried out monitoring required at the KM8 site before fracking could take place (DrillOrDrop report).

The analysis said there were inexplicable levels of methane in the Corallian aquifer and it pointed to a failure of some monitoring to measure methane or to meet environmental permit requirements.

One of the women taking part in today’s protest said:

“These problems have not been reported, we have had to investigate to uncover them. How can we trust these unaccountable, off-shore companies, or Mr Hollinrake to keep us safe?”

This morning Times newspaper picked up a story, previously reported by DrillOrDrop on 13 October 2017, that Third Energy was late fling its annual accounts.

Barclays confirmed at its annual meeting in May 2017 that it was planning to sell its stake in Third Energy. But it said it was in no hurry to divest itself of the company.

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  1. Well done lasses! Wonderful. You have my utter admiration and total support. Sorry I cannot chain with you.

  2. Fantastic work, ladies of Yorkshire. It is the Conservative Party that is isolated in its support of this industry, and it’s high time that they were called out on this.

  3. Yes Nick. Stretching things a bit far to say two women represent the women of Britain!

    On the basis of the last official survey around half of the women of Britain have no opinion either way regarding fracking, for starters, plus a percentage of women in the other half then support fracking, including most within the Cabinet.

    Never mind. Winter fuel payments will soon be available from the taxation of those in work or other. I’m sure the younger generation will be absolutely chuffed to help subsidise this sector, plus paying increasing mortgage rates, student loans etc., etc.
    To save the repeated nonsense economics, UK gas supply does not even need to be produced cheaper. Resource produced in UK attracts UK tax, which feeds into things like winter fuel payments, NHS, social care etc. Alternatively, we could continue to buy US gas from their fracking, providing that benefit to them, risking a maritime pollution problem, and doing more harm to the environment through the emissions from the transportation to the UK.

    • Martin – are you suggesting people will buy UK shale gas if it more expensive than LNG from abroad. Can you explain how is that going to work without using the S word please?

    • Such ignorance! Clearly neither of you have got the slightest notion of relatively recent history, this is an example from the suffragette movement.

      Emmiline Pankhurst started the struggle for the rights of equal citizenship and that is what everyone today, is faced with this undemocratic invasion of this poisonous industry.


      “In 1908, Miss Nell chained herself to the railings outside the Prime Minister’s front door. She did this for a number of reasons; the Cabinet was in session so they would hear her speech, as would the crowd outside. Furthermore it would take the police time to unchain her, time she desperately needed to make her impassioned speech. She was quickly joined by Nurse Oliva Smith who followed her example and chained herself to the railings. Both were charged along with two other members with disorderly conduct. They all elected to go to jail for three weeks.”

      Two women, count them, but that was only the beginning wasnt it? The attitude that is displayed by those comments above are just astonishingly ignorant of the forces this stupid industry is playing with.

      Hence the barriers and the police guards outside No. 10 Downing Street, perhaps Teresa May should support women in this struggle?

      Ignore human rights and the power of women’s protest at your peril gentle?…..men. remember it wasn’t just women who were denied the vote, it was soldiers and homeless and poor people too. it seems this government is trying to bring back those dark practices by stealth.

      Its not an economic argument, it never was, it is the right of self determination that is at stake here, and what does this infamous injunktion intend to do? Remove civil rights to self determination.

      Go figure.

      • PS, in 1918 women were given the right to vote in the 1918 Representation of the People Act which included a clause giving the vote to women over thirty……!!

        That event was almost 100 years ago, hence the entire relevance of this protest.

    • There were actually several ladies chained to the railings from other pictures I have seen. I think it may have been a case of the available amount of railings that restricted them, rather than a lack of numbers. And besides are numbers really relevant for a protest of this kind? I don’t think so. Incidentally they also had ladies outside Barclays Bank as well.

  4. Refracktion-UK is currently purchasing US gas. Simples. Sorry, used the S word. Meanwhile, some small volumes of gas are produced at KM, but maybe possible to produce more, via revising technique of extraction. If so, that would be likely to replace imported gas. One would be subject to UK tax, the other wouldn’t. It really isn’t rocket science.

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