Two anti-fracking campaigners are seeking appeals over the injunction granted to INEOS Shale against anti-fracking protests.
Joe Boyd and Joe Corre, the son of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, challenged the injunction at the High Court.
But last month Mr Justice Morgan ruled that much of the injunction should remain in force.
The legal teams for both men have now submitted requests to appeal against the ruling.
INEOS sought the original injunction in July at a private hearing,. It presented several thousand pages of evidence to support its argument that it faced “a real and imminent risk” of being targeted by unlawful protests.
Mr Corre and Mr Boyd challenged the injunction, describing the order as “unprecedented”, “draconian” and a “breach of human rights”. They argued in court that it was unnecessary and based on “flimsy” evidence that over-stated or misrepresented the risk.
Explaining the reason for the appeal, Mr Boyd said:
“The High Court ruling will mean that individuals will be in contempt of court if they engage in a variety of different forms of protests, which have not previously been held to be unlawful in all circumstances. An arrest for breach of this injunction could result in a prison sentence of up to two years and/or a fine up to £5,000.”
Mr Corre said:
“These are very serious concerns for all of us and our human rights in terms of the right to protest and the right to defend ourselves from some of these extremely draconian, bullying practices from corporations such as INEOS”.
Mr Corre added:
“We have to wait for Justice Morgan to either grant that Appeal in which case we will go straight into the queue at the Appeals court or if he will not grant the Appeal then we will have to ask the Appeal court themselves and that will take a little bit longer.”
DrillOrDrop invited INEOS to comment on the appeal. The company said it repeated its comment made at the time of the ruling by Mr Justice Morgan. Operations Director, Tom Pickering, said:
“Our people have the right to go to work free from fear of violence and unlawful interference. These injunctions simply protect INEOS and our people from hardcore activists who game the system and treat the law with contempt. Crucially they also protect the rights of people to lawfully, peacefully protest.”
The injunction order is directed against “persons unknown” and prohibits them from interfering with the lawful activities of INEOS staff and contractors. People who breached the order risk prison or having their assets seized.
Mr Justice Morgan removed the part of the original order against harassment of INEOS employees or contractors.
But he maintained the injunction against two protest techniques used by anti-fracking campaigners: slow walking in front of deliveries and climbing on top of vehicles, known as lorry surfing.
The slow walking clause was a key issue during the court hearings. Some police forces regularly facilitate slow walking protests at fracking sites. Campaigners have been acquitted of allegedly obstructing the highway during these protests.