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Press Release: Fracking company accused of ‘dirty tricks’ as Lancashire nanas vow fight-back

For Immediate Release

Lancashire Fracking Company Using Legal System to Prohibit All Protest in Region
Shale gas operator, Cuadrilla, has been accused of using ‘dirty tricks’ by a group of Lancashire Grandparents, after serving them with court papers over a land-dispute. The campaigners, made up of local Lancashire residents and primarily grandmothers and mothers say that Cuadrilla is

using the opportunity to gain a widespread injunction – which would cover every proposed fracking site in the region and a local landmark, Lytham Windmill – not only against them, but all Lancashire-based campaign groups and national and international campaign groups including No Dash for Gas, Frack Off and Britain and Ireland Frack Free.

 

In addition to the injunction, the fracking company is also seeking to evict the ‘Nanas’ from Preston New Road Community Protection Camp, a resident-run blockade situated on land earmarked for fracking near Little Plumpton, on the Fylde Peninsula. The camp was set up to start August 7th and run for three weeks in order to raise public awareness in the region and show uninformed neighbours exactly where the drill site and access roads would be located if Cuadrilla gets planning permission. The residents of the camp site are voluntarily bringing the camp to an end by Wednesday, August 27thas was planned from the start.

The case is due to be heard at Manchester High Court on Thursday 28th August.

 

Tina Rothery one of the ‘Nanas’ and a resident of Blackpool where Cuadrilla aim to extract shale gas said:

When we occupied the field, we did so in order to highlight a land-use dispute. This is agricultural land in a well-populated area and not suitable for heavy industry on this scale.

‘The fact that Cuadrilla is taking us to court the day after we are due to have left is absurd, and can only be because they want to inhibit our right to protest in the future.  To deliver the paperwork just before a bank holiday, thus not allowing sufficient time to arrange a lawyer by the deadline for evidence on Tuesday 27th is a dirty trick.’

She continued,

‘This is pure hypocrisy from Cuadrilla, a company that will benefit from a change in trespass laws to allow drilling under our homes. If they are allowed to do this in Lancashire it would have repercussions for people defending their communities throughout the country.  The result here will affect every other anti-fracking campaign in the UK and we know that people are and will continueto  unite with us.’
The eviction attempt targets one of two sites that Cuadrilla is currently  attempting to gain planning permission for via Lancashire County Council. The applications[1], if successful, would see the Fylde Peninsula host the largest UK fracking tests to date. Each of the sites require 2 years of works, 20,000 truck movements, the use of 9 million gallons of water per well and the production of 5.6 million gallons of radioactive waste[2].

The applications are on-course for being the most unpopular in British planning history with 14,000 objections already registered with weeks to go until the consultation process ends[3]

This is not the first time a company has tried to get a wide ranging injunction against a number of campaign groups, in 2007, British Airways Authority suffered a humiliating public backlash when it tried to injunct campaign groups from setting up a climate camp near Heathrow Airport.

Rachel Thompson from No Dash for Gas, a group which held its annual, week-long Reclaim the Power camp on the same site, said,

The UK has a long and proud history of direct action, can you imagine if a private company were able to take legal action to stop the suffragettes?’

‘This is the second time we have been subject to anti-democratic legal action by this billion pound industry, EDF were forced to back down from their attempted £5 million law suit against 21 of us, last year. People in Lancashire and all over the country have clearly shown we will not allow fracking and they now insist on clean, renewable energy.  This legal action is a last grasp attempt by a dying industry that has failed to gain the required social license and refuses to know when it has been beaten.’

[1]http://planningregister.lancashire.gov.uk/PlanAppDisp.aspx?recno=6586

[2] http://frack-off.org.uk/new-lancashire-threat-cuadrillas-fracking-plans/

[3] http://rt.com/uk/180256-fracking-protest-camp-lancashire/

Photographs

Nanas set up camp in Lancashire – http://www.frackfreelancashire.org.uk/

Childrens action at Windmillhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/126933393@N02/14934240056/in/set-72157646175344150

https://www.flickr.com/photos/126933393@N02/14934235986/in/set-72157646175344150/

Flickr Reclaim the power Day of Action – https://www.flickr.com/photos/126933393@N02/sets/72157646175344150/

List of groups from legal paperwork: http://tinalouiseuk.blogspot.co.uk/

Sites covered by potential: http://tinalouiseuk.blogspot.co.uk/

Notes to editor

Lancashire nanas set up camp – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/15/blackpool-anti-fracking-camp-im-here-for-my-10-grandchildren

Cuadrilla statement on possession order – http://www.itv.com/news/granada/story/2014-08-22/anti-fracking-protesters-face-legal-action/

Heathrow airport attempted injunction – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/jul/27/climatechange

EDF drop law suit against 21 campaigners – http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/mar/13/edf-lawsuit-environmental-activists-backlashIMG_20140825_113433443 IMG_20140825_113335 IMG_20140825_111254455bubliktieaaxiq1.si

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Mon 18th Aug

 

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Anti-fracking campaigners from Salford have hung a banner from a bridge at Salford Media City as part of a day of action by Reclaim the Power. The banner states that 884,000 gallons of radioactive fracking water has been dumped into the Manchester Ship Canal.

It was revealed earlier this year following two years of campaigning by Lancashire campaigners to know where it had gone. The company pumped 2.7 million gallons of clean water into its only full scale fracking well in the country. Initially the company had been sending the radioactive water to a treatment plant in Davey Hulme, Manchester, but it was unable to cope with the volume, toxicity and levels of radiation.

Local campaigner Louise Carr said “The Environment Agency allowed United Utilities to dilute the water and put it into our canal. 884,000 gallons of radioactive and toxic water from just one fracking operation, which was cut short because the company caused two earthquakes in the space of six weeks”.

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Day 122 – Fri 28th March

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Another peaceful day of protest as protectors escorted trucks into the iGas site. No arrests were made.

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Day 121 – Thurs 27th March

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Ian Wigget, the assistant chief officer of Greater Manchester came down to Barton Moss to observe his officers in action. Strangely enough the police were on their best behaviour with no arrests made.  Protectors escorted delivery trucks in and out of the site and enjoyed the sunny weather.

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Day 111 – Mon 17th March

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Thirteen protectors were arrested today as trucks were escorted were escorted to the iGas site at Barton Moss. The police showed their usual display of violent and intimidating behaviour as they pushed and shoved protectors along the lane. There was a solidarity party at Swinton police station awaiting the release of the arrestees.

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Day 103 – Sun 9th March

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Manchester City Centre 1,200 people march against fracking.

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Day 98 – Tues 4th March

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The lock-ons keep on coming at Barton Moss. This morning two protectors blockaded the road making it another slow day for the lorries heading to the iGas site.

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