Three leading oil and gas operators have been fined a total of £265,000 over breaching UK flaring and production agreements.
The protest tactic of locking on – used as far back as the Suffragettes – could become a criminal offence under new changes to the Policing Bill.
The largest shale gas exploration company in the UK was granted an interim injunction this afternoon against anti-fracking protesters.
The judge at a trial of two anti-fracking campaigners warned them that taking part in protests in future could be expensive.
The risks posed by the oil industry justified a protest outside an exploratory drilling site near Gatwick airport, a court heard this morning.