Europa to challenge council over Leith Hill oil site

Europa to challenge council over Leith Hill oil site – company accused of not talking to residents BY RUTH HAYHURST ON NOVEMBER 21, 2017 “It has taken a considerable period of time so far. It has been deferred twice. So we have decided to appeal for non-determination and at the

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What’s happening this week? 20-26 November 2017

In this week’s listing Launch of Netpol report on policing at anti-fracking protests; Parliamentary debate on fracking in Cheshire; Nottingham County Council motion on seismic testing ; Don’t frack the commonwheel presented to Westminster. BY RUTH HAYHURST ON NOVEMBER 19, 2017  

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More politicians come to Preston New Road

More politicians come to Preston New Road

Today we saw two national politicians visit Preston New Road. Firstly Tim Farron, Member of Parliament (MP) for Westmorland and Lonsdale visited the site and made clear that he believed that fracking has no place in UK energy policy. He was closely followed by Keith Taylor, MEP

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Police and campaigners respond to criticism of anti-fracking protest policing

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON NOVEMBER 20, 2017 Anti-fracking campaigners have called on police to protect their civil right to protest. They were responding to a report published this morning alleging “confrontational and “aggressive” policing. Two police forces in fracking protest areas said they have a duty to

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NETPOL REPORT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

NETPOL REPORT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

NETPOL REPORT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS AROUND THE POLICING OF ANTI-FRACKING PROTESTS  A report published today by Netpol, a collective of activists, campaigners, lawyers and researchers, working together to challenge disproportionate policing of protests and of communities, has raised serious concerns about the policing of anti-fracking protests nationwide,

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Cuadrilla fracking protest trial – 12 guilty of obstruction but cleared on trades union charges

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON NOVEMBER 17, 2017 12 people, including three councillors, have been found guilty of obstructing the highway after a lock-on protest outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site in July. But they were cleared of trades union charges which can carry a more serious penalty. The

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Fracking Company Cuadrilla Pushed Lancashire Council to Remove ‘Biased’ Community Group Chair

Fracking Company Cuadrilla Pushed Lancashire Council to Remove ‘Biased’ Community Group Chair

In an email exchange with the council, obtained by DeSmog UK through a freedom of information request, the company said it had “significant concerns” about how the group was being run, and asked the council to “support the appointment of a replacement chair”. The company’s bid to replace the chair failed

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