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Protesters say no to 'fracking' for gas in Farndon Bridge

by Katrina Lawrie
Issue No. 2395

Anti-fracking protest in Farndon Bridge

Anti-fracking protest in Farndon Bridge (Pic: Katrina Lawrie)

Around 250 people protested last Sunday in Farndon Bridge, near Chester, against Dart Energy’s plans to drill there.

The company is exploring for coal bed methane which could then be extracted through hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. This can cause earthquakes and poison water supplies.

The protest included local campaigners and around 120 people from an ongoing anti-fracking camp in Barton Moss near Salford.

Protesters have started a Farndon Bridge camp to stop or slow down Dart Energy’s lorries. This is based on the model of Barton Moss and protests against fracking by Cuadrilla in Balcombe, West Sussex, last year.

The Barton Moss camp has won a stay of execution after a court ruling for its eviction last week. Protesters have until Friday of next week to appeal.

But there were fresh accusations of heavy-handed policing on Monday of this week, when at least ten protesters were arrested and one woman suffered head injuries.

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