Fracking

Dirty energy resistance roundup: Court cases, blockades and police aggression

Court cases have opened today at Merthyr Tydfil court as prosecutions are brought against five Reclaim the Power and Earth First! activists for their action against Miller Argent’s Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine last month [Update: They were ordered to pay £10,000 compensation].

The five “canaries” in the coal mine shut the site after chaining themselves to two excavators and blocking the freight road in in an effort to… Continue reading

Swing sets and lock-ons: Fracking direct actions are kicking off

After a solid first day of blockading fracking suppliers at Carnforth in Lancashire with swings, a second eight-person lock-on at Preston New Road is keeping up the pressure on energy industry efforts to bring the dangerous and unpopular gas extraction method into mass production.

The lock-on (pictured above) is aimed at disrupting efforts from frackers Caudrilla to build up its works in the green fields of… Continue reading

GMB calls for police crackdown against anti-frack activists

Pro-fracking service union GMB has written to politicians urging them to ensure that police take a harder line against protesters so that frack company employees don’t get held up on their way to work.

In an apparent total disregarding of the long history of police dirty tactics breaking strikes and picket lines in Britain, as well as numerous reports of police misbehaviour against fracking protesters, GMB sent out… Continue reading

Anti-fracking update: Mobilisation tour kicks off Monday

As part of its campaign to keep shale gas deposits in the ground, campaign group Reclaim the Power will be kicking off a two-week campaign with local groups across Britain, aiming to bring together information on the industry’s latest plans and operations.

The tour, which will visit campaigns in the areas around York, Retford, Darlington, Wigan, Lytham St Annes and Northwich before finishing in the Next to Nowhere building… Continue reading

Frack the system: The UK’s hydrocarbon threat

With the fracking industry poised to attempt its largest assault on communities across the country to date, and what would be its most significant advance in this country since 2011 if not resisted, it seems an appropriate time to take a look back at what has led to this threat we are facing and examine what we are fighting for.

The Fracking Threat

The last decade has seen an explosion… Continue reading

Reclaim the Power: Cuadrilla’s assumption of victory is sheer arrogance

Among the many attempted fracking projects being pushed forward in Britain this year, Preston New Road has been a site of particularly strong resistance. Site owner Cuadrilla, run by a former BP executive and backed by private equity giant Riverstone Holdings, has repeatedly tried to railroad communities into accepting the imposition of dangerous gas mining despite sustained resistance.

In a statement today green direct action group Reclaim the Power reports… Continue reading

No Reforming Earth Destruction

“The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” Utah Phillips

As we endure the first few weeks of the newly instated Teresa May regime an opportunity for anti authoritarians presents itself in after the abolition of the Department for Climate Change.

The post will now be included in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This approach… Continue reading