Mon 18th Aug
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”.
Day 122 – Fri 28th March
Another peaceful day of protest as protectors escorted trucks into the iGas site. No arrests were made.
Day 121 – Thurs 27th March
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.
Day 111 – Mon 17th March
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.
Day 103 – Sun 9th March
Manchester City Centre 1,200 people march against fracking.
Day 98 – Tues 4th March
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.
Day 97 – Mon 3rd March
There was another lock on Barton Moss Lane this morning, involving three protectors. The convoy was later escorted out of the iGas site with the police attempting unsuccessfully to stop protectors walking down the path.