The protest against test drilling by fracking company Igas on Barton Moss, Salford, Greater Manchester, is coming to an end. The camp has been on Barton Moss Lane since November last year with the Protectors delaying vehicles entering and leaving the site by daily ‘slow walks’ in front of the Igas vehicles.
Igas’s operation by up to a month, and during that time public opinion on fracking has gone from 43% in favour (1) to 73% against (2) and their share price has collapsed wiping £80 million off the value of the company (3).
Frack Free Greater Manchester hopes that the continued presence of the camp, the three large rallies at the drilling at the site and the UK’s largest ever march against fracking in Manchester City Centre on 9th March 2014 has convinced Igas that they have no social license to frack in Greater Manchester.
On Saturday evening there will be a party on the Moss with Salford rap artists Class Actions.
Sasha Conway, one of the Protectors who camped through the winter at Barton Moss said “This has been a long and hard first part of this campaign. If Igas return, we will be back here.”
Martin Porter of Frack Free Greater Manchester said “The Protectors have endured the elements with stoicism and have met aggression with humour. They have done without most of what the rest of us would consider the basics of human civilization and in doing so have not only survived but found a community spirit that is so lacking in the rest of our society.They have been sustained by local people and have in turn inspired a local community.”