25th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: Day two – morning evidence The officer in charge of tactics at the policing operation for last year’s anti-fracking protests at Balcombe said this morning her main concern was keeping people safe. Superintendent Jane Derrick told Brighton Magistrates Court that she had […]
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24th March 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: day one – afternoon evidence The chief constable of Sussex said the climate camp that came to Balcombe last August risked significant disruption to the life of the community, serious damage to property and intimidation of people working at Cuadrilla’s oil exploration […]
March 24th 2014 Caroline Lucas trial: day one – morning evidence Caroline Lucas joined the protest against Cuadrilla’s oil exploration site at Balcombe to send a message to the government that fracking was not needed or wanted, Brighton Magistrates Court heard this morning.
The following statement was read by Sheila Menon on behalf of five campaigners, including Caroline Lucas MP, before the start of their trial at Brighton Magistrates Court.
24th March 2014 The trial of the MP Caroline Lucas and four other anti-fracking campaigners is due to begin at midday today at Brighton Magistrates Court. Dr Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, Ruth Potts, of Totnes, Ruth Jarman, of Hook, Sheila Menon, of London, and Josef Dobraszczyk, of […]
Anti-fracking campaigners mark the start of Balcombe protest trial of Caroline Lucas and 4 others. The trial is expected to last all week.
EA chair offered to speed up Cuadrilla’s permit application and intervene on Balcombe planning permission
23rd March 2014 According to documents seen by The Guardian, the chair of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, offered last year to speed up a permit application by Cuadrilla. He also offered to intervene with West Sussex County Council on Cuadrilla’s planning application at Balcombe and identify further […]
Balcombe residents say Cuadrilla’s plans to flow test well risk harm, lack information and have no social licence
22nd March 2014 Cuadrilla’s latest planning application for Balcombe fails to meet planning policies, lacks key information, risks harm to residents and the environment and has no social licence – so said a group of Balcombe villagers this week.
21st March 2014 This week there were five court cases listed that arose from last year’s anti-fracking protests outside Cuadrilla’s oil exploration site at Balcombe. Here’s a summary of what happened with links to court reports.