Anti-fracking fort evicted after eight months of resistance

After a 42-hour struggle against security firm Specialist Group International the occupation of Leith Hill by anti-fracking protectors is over, campaign group Reclaim The Power reports. The Leith Hill occupation site lasted almost eight months in total and the firm, hired by fracker leaseholders Europa and supported by police, finally removed five protectors who had held

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

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

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

Pic: Gary Knight/CC

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