Jul 21 2014

Five Questions On The Policing Of Barton Moss Protests

Igas have left Barton Moss and we don’t know if they will be back. Another test drill is planned at nearby Davyhulme, but work hasn’t started yet. So whilst it is a bit of a phoney war situation for the moment in Manchester, many questions still remain about the policing of the protests over the …

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Jun 22 2014

Blog: Stop TTIP or we’re fracked


Trade deals are usually rather straightforward. They are mechanisms by which rich, powerful nations get poor, weaker nations to open their borders to trade on their terms enriching the large corporations, a small elite and, if you’re very lucky, a few in the middle as well whilst driving those at the bottom off the land …

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Jun 18 2014

Press Release: Evidence of contamination at Barton Moss fracking site to be presented in court. Possibility of first evidence of groundwater pollution from the fracking process in the UK.

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Wednesday 18th February 2014 23:00PM The existence of evidence that shows fracking may have already contaminated groundwater in the UK was announced today in Liverpool Crown Court. A Judicial Review ruled that Simon Pook of Robert Lizar solicitors, who represents campaigners arrested during protests against test drilling by the fracking company Igas at Barton Moss, …

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Jun 14 2014

Press Release: Anger at police tactics as more charges against Barton Moss protectors are dropped


Seven more people arrested during the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss had their charges dropped on Friday raising concerns that the police have been arresting people attending the demonstrations on charges that they know are bogus or which they have no intention of prosecuting. Amongst those having charges dropped on Friday was Vanda Gillett whose …

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Jun 12 2014

Anne Power wins Observer Ethical Award!

Congratulations to our own Anne Power, winner of the Local Hero Category in the Observer Ethical Awards. Anne said “I was honoured to have been nominated by the Barton Moss tribe of earth protectors and delighted to have won, so that Fracking and its dangers can be given more publicity. All credit goes to Barton …

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Jun 04 2014

Press Release: Frack Free Greater Manchester responds to Queen’s Speech proposals to allow fracking under people’s homes without consent


Frack Free Greater Manchester responds to plans due to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday that fracking is to be allowed under people’s homes without their permission. Martin Porter said “This is another admission by the government that they have lost the argument. Home owners will not be asked for permission because the …

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Jun 01 2014

Press Release: EU Free Trade deal that could stop city banning fracking


Frack Free Greater Manchester is to call on the regions new Members of the European Parliament to oppose a free trade deal that could see the city sued if it bans fracking. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the USA. The draft includes …

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May 11 2014

10 May 2014 – FFGM Climate Change and Fracking – Day Conference and Hustings

Information delivery: During the morning we heard that shale gas produces 80g CO2 per KwHour energy generated. By contrast 5-20g CO2 per KwHour energy is generated by renewables. And the CBM(coal bed methane) leakage rate is even greater than the 3-7% fugitive emissions from Shale sourced methane gas. As it’s higher in the bedrock CBM …

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May 08 2014

Press Release: House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report on fracking shows they doesn’t understand Climate Change


The House of Lords Economic Affairs report which endorsed fracking in the UK was noticeably light on the science of Climate Change. With one exception (Lord May of Oxford) the committee have a background in economics and banking and clearly have a poor grasp of Climate Change, which Lord Stern referred to as “a result …

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May 07 2014

Press release: All day event; expert speakers and election hustings

Frack Free Greater Manchester is holding an all day event “Fracking and Climate Change” in the John Tocher Room of Manchester Mechanics Institute on Saturday 10 May from 11AM. Free entry, open to all. There will be expert speakers from 11AM including Dr Maria Sharmina of the Tyndall Centre and Jonathan Neale of the Campaign …

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