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Three marches against fracking in North East Derbyshire

Issue No. 2572

Protesters near the site

Protesters near the site (pic: Jamie Peters/Twitter)


Around 600 people protested against planned fracking in the Derbyshire village of Marsh Lane last Saturday.

Three loud and lively marches came from neighbouring villages of Eckington, Mosborough and Coal Aston. They converged in a field on Bramleymoor Lane where Ineos Upstream wants to drill an exploration well.

This could lead to fracking. More than 3,000 people have objected to the planning application, activists report.

Ineos has been given the licence to frack across large areas of South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Local anti-fracking campaigners have been active for months.

James Eaden, chair of Derbyshire TUC, said, “We have to stay mobilised and active as a movement. It will mean more marches, protests, lobbies, more discussions with friends, family and neighbours, more educating and putting the case.

“And yes, it will mean more direct action and getting in the face of Ineos.”

Ineos went to the High Court last week for a nationwide permanent injunction against protests, claiming they are dangerous.

But it’s fracking that is dangerous, creating public health risks in the local area and producing gas that fuels climate change.

A temporary injunction was renewed for two months.

There was also anger on the protest at North East Derbyshire district council for seeking a restraining order on the anti-fracking protest camp at nearby Clay Cross.

Other fracking protests took place last week at Runcorn in Cheshire, Preston New Road in Lancashire, Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire and Leith Hill in Surrey. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell joined the Preston New Road protest.


Over a hundred people gathered outside the gates of Third Energy's well at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire on Tuesday morning, to protest against the arrival of the first set of fracking trucks.

The KM8 well is already drilled, and could become the first in Britain to be fracked since 2011.

John, an activist from Frack Free Scarborough, said, "We need numbers and other campaigns to spread the word and to come down and bring their banners to the gate."


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