In this update on protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:
- Demonstrations outside council meetings in Chester and Rotherham;
- First “lorry surfing” protest at Misson Springs;
- Lock-on trial verdict;
- Campaign steps up.
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26 January 2018
Northern anti-fracking campaigns step-up
Opponents of fracking are intensifying their campaign against the shale gas industry across northern England.
In Lancashire, the United Resistance group, launched this week, is promising three months of non-violent direct actions starting in April against Cuadrilla’s fracking plans near Blackpool.
In Yorkshire, eight public meetings are planned for next month, described by the organisers as a “wake-up call” about INEOS plans for shale gas exploration in the area.
Bail conditions dropped
Two men arrested on 9 January 2018 over allegations that they poisoned a guard dog at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton fracking site have had their bail conditions dropped. The investigation is continuing.
25 January 2018
Demonstrations outside council meetings
Campaigners against shale gas exploration demonstrate outside council offices before meetings in Chester and Rotherham.
First “lorry-surfing” protest at Misson Spring
An opponent of IGas shale gas exploration at Springs Road, Misson, climbed onto a lorry delivering to the site. The campaigner was later arrested and taken to Mansfield Police Station.
No action over damage allegations
North Yorkshire Police confirms that no action will be taken against three men arrested on 26 November 2017 over allegations of damage to fencing at Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton.
24 January 2018
Three generations of one family found guilty following fracking protest
Three generations of the same family are found guilty of obstructing the highway outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site in Lancashire in July.
73-year old Gillian Kelly, her son, Sebastian, and 20-year-old granddaughter, Megan, were among seven people who stood trial this week following a “lock-on” protest outside the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool.
Under the banner Families Against Fracking, six of the group locked their arms into reinforced tubes in three painted boxes. The seventh member of the group, drove a car which delivered the boxes. They said their action was to raise awareness of what they said were the dangers of fracking to water, land, health and the climate.
Police remove pallets from Misson Springs protection camp
Nottinghamshire Police allege that pallets being used to build a dining space at the Misson Springs Protection Camp were stolen. A group of officers dismantled the pallets and removed them from the site. Residents at the camp say the pallets were donated.
Frack Free Ryedale alleges safety flaws at Third Energy Site
Frack Free Ryedale publishes correspondence between Third Energy and the Health and Safety Executive over safety and monitoring breaches at the Pickering Well site following an inspection in March 2017. More details coming soon.
23 January 2018
Slow walk at Kirby Misperton
Campaigners carry out a slow walk, delaying a two-vehicle convoy delivering to Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton for about 20 minutes.