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Yorkshire’s largest protest against fracking says stop dirty drilling

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2515

The march in York on Saturday

The march in York on Saturday (Pic: Stewart Willis)


Over 2,000 people marched in York last Saturday in Yorkshire’s largest demonstration against fracking.

They were protesting against the Tory-run North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to allow Third Energy to frack in Ryedale.

Protesters had come from across Yorkshire—and as far afield as Cornwall and London. Simon from West Yorkshire was on his first protest. He told Socialist Worker, “This is such an important issue.

“The people overwhelmingly say no—we’ll keep protesting until we win.”

Noo from York added, “I’m here because I would vote Green if I could, but I’m only fourteen so I can’t vote. But I can do this.”

To chants of “No fracking anywhere” people marched through the city centre.

Echoed

Speaker after speaker at the rally echoed the crowd’s determination to keep fighting until the dangerous fracking industry is finished for good.

Kim Hunter from Frack Free Scarborough said, “We won’t win by giving the other side the right information.

“They already know about contaminated water and soil and the damage they would do to our health.

“There’s only one piece of information they’re missing—how much pressure we’re prepared to put on them.

“We need to get out on the streets and stay out until fracking is banned.”

Don Naylor from the Unison union North West region and the Campaign Against Climate Change urged the crowd to join the campaign.

“Join a union, get them to affiliate to the Campaign Against Climate Change and promote the solution—one million climate jobs,” he said.

Fracker

Tina Rothery, the Lancashire “nana” being sued for £55,000 by fracker Cuadrilla for direct action, also spoke. “The Tory council was a complete pushover,” she said. “But has anybody moved the drill? No!

“That’s because they know whoever moves next will have the full might of the anti-fracking movement on their head.”

Tina Rothery

Tina Rothery (Pic: John Atkinson)


Organisers were also delighted with the number of passers-by who learned about fracking for the first time, particularly given the government’s latest shale gas survey.

It shows that 19 percent of the public are aware of shale gas but “don’t really know what it is”, while

22 percent still haven’t heard of either shale gas or fracking.

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