Socialist Worker

1,000 protest against fracking in Yorkshire

by Kim Hunter
Issue No. 2504

Anger against the frackers

Anger against the frackers (Pic: Neil Terry http://neilterryphotography.co.uk )


About 1,000 people demonstrated outside County Hall in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, today, Friday, against fracking.

Planners are considering an application for what could be the first frack in mainland Britain since the earthquake linked to fracking in Lancashire five years ago.

Protesters cheered as a local councillor, said, “People feel betrayed. The council has been told to ignore the concerns of the people outside.”

The next speaker, Kathy Clarke, had a promise for the council—“We won't stop until we defeat this industry completely.”

Protesters came from Lancashire and Sheffield, and as far away as Shetland and Somerset with the same message of determination.

Tina Rothery from the “Lancashire Nanas” group told the rally, “People are here from throughout the UK to stand with Yorkshire, as the people of Yorkshire stood with us.”

She added, “The frackers told us in 2011 they'd be in full production by 2013. It's 2016 and there's nothing. We could not have done it without you.”

Campaigners were also keen to take the fight directly to the Tory government. “It's obvious from the number of groups represented here today that we could coordinate at the national level,” said Pete Jordan. “We need someone in politics to give a lead,” said another protester.

A decision on the aplication is expected on Monday.


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