Force used at fracking site protests 165 times in 19 day

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON AUGUST 4, 2017 Police officers used force at protests over Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site nearly nine times a day on average in the first half of July, according to data from Lancashire Constabulary. Figures released in response to a Freedom

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What’s happening this week? 31 July-6 August 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST DRILL OR DROP In this week’s listings: Surrey County Council planning committee to discuss transport plans for Leith Hill site; Deadlines for consultations in Surrey and Lancashire; Latest results from government survey of public attitudes to fracking; Walk and fundraiser for campaigns against INEOS

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1,200+ people call for removal of rig from Cuadrilla’s fracking site1,200+ people call for removal of rig from Cuadrilla’s fracking site

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 28, 2017 More than 1,200 people have signed a petition in the past 24 hours calling for the enforcement of planning conditions at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site in Lancashire. The petition was launched in response to the company’s decision

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Lorry protest outside Lancs fracking site nears 60 hours

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 27, 2017 • ( 9 COMMENTS )   Lorry protest on Preston New Road, 27 July 2017. Photo: Gathering Place Films An anti-fracking protester has been on top of a lorry near Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool for more than 58 hours. He climbed on top of

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Cuadrilla condemns fracking protesters for eight-hour road closure – opponents blame police tactics

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 25, 2017 Police closed the road outside Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas site for eight hours today in response to anti-fracking protests. Opponents of the company’s activities at Preston New Road near Blackpool took part in a sit-down protest and climbed onto two

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What’s happening this week? 24-30 July 2017

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 23, 2017 Monday 24 July 2017 What is fracking? Talk by John Cossham FRSA, campaigner, sustainability activist and entertainer, hosted by York Skeptics, The Phoenix Inn, 75 George Street, York, YO1 9PT. Tuesday 25 July 2017 Frack Free South Yorkshire presentation to

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Cuadrilla’s bid to change rules for Lancs shale gas site raises concerns about “intensified fracking”

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 7, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) Preston New Road, 23 June 2017. Photo: NED The shale gas company, Cuadrilla, is being urged to explain why it is seeking changes to the environmental permit for its site near Blackpool. The Environment Agency announced yesterday that Cuadrilla had

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Police and private security accused of using ‘brutal’ and ‘violent’ force in a quiet Lancashire village

A quiet Lancashire village is once again at the centre of a storm over police “brutality”. But this time, a private security company is also implicated. And campaigning locals have said that the corporation involved in this “disproportionate violence” has had what “little credibility” it had left “demolished”.  

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Three Lancs councillors join 13-person anti-fracking lock-on protest at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site

BY RUTH HAYHURST ON JULY 3, 2017 Three women councillors from Lancashire are taking part in a lock-on protest against operations at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool. Along with 10 other Lancashire residents, they locked themselves to heavy objects at 3am at the Preston New Road

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Live updates: eviction of Leith Hill protection camp

An eviction is underway at a protection camp at the site earmarked for Europa’s oil exploration well at Bury Hill Wood, near Leith Hill in Surrey. The Camp was established on 28 October 2016 and an eviction order was issued by the High Court on 23  January

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