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Protest in Salford as Cameron goes "all out" for fracking

Issue No. 2386

Hundreds marched against fracking in Salford last week

Hundreds marched against fracking in Salford last week (Pic: Martin Empson)


David Cameron has announced a bribe worth up to £1.7 million a year in business rates to councils that allow fracking for shale gas.

He is doubling the amount of business rates on fracking that go to local councils. 

This is on top of existing financial incentives designed to help bulldoze local opposition to fracking.

Fracking firms have already met with major protests in Lancashire and Sussex.  

Around 800 people marched in Salford on Saturday of last week against drilling by IGas in nearby Barton Moss.

They were protesting in solidarity with the anti-fracking camp which has been hampering IGas’ efforts on Barton Moss—and faced attacks from the police.

Solidarity

Health worker Karen Reissmann brought solidarity from Bolton Mental Health Unison.

She said health workers saw the effects of pollution every day. In Salford people die 18 years before those who live Kensington and Chelsea, London.

The Campaign Against Climate Change trade union group is hosting a meeting about Fracking and Climate Jobs on Saturday 25 January, in Eccles Friends Meeting House at 12pm.

More fracking projects have already been announced in other areas, including the first by a global oil company, Total. Cameron has said he wants to “go all out” for shale gas. 

The latest incentives follow an unprecedented tax giveaway for fracking firms announced last year.  Fracking is linked to small earthquakes and dangerous water contamination.

Thanks to Martin Empson. Find out if the frackers are coming to your area at frack-off.org.uk

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