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Thousands join protests over dangerous gas plans in Scotland

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Issue 2475
Hands over the Forth Road Bridge

Hands over the Forth Road Bridge

More than 2,000 protesters formed a human chain across the iconic Forth Road Bridge in Scotland last Sunday.

They oppose plans to extract gas from under the Forth through “gasification”—setting fire to underground coal seams—and fracking—blasting fluid into shale rocks.

The Scottish government has extended its temporary ban on fracking to cover gasification too. But it also gave the go ahead last week for test drilling for gas and coal for gasification.

Juliana Muir of campaign group Our Forth, accused the government of “giving with one hand and taking away with the other”.

Activists in the Wirrall, where gasification is also threatened, also held a solidarity protest.

Barclays hit by anti-fracking protests in Yorkshire and Lancashire

Anti-fracking groups across Yorkshire and in Burnley, Lancashire, held protests outside branches of Barclays bank last Saturday.

Barclays owns a portfolio of energy firms, including 97 percent of Third Energy which has applied to frack in Ryedale near Scarborough.

But Ryedale district council voted for a five year fracking ban last Thursday.

Kim Hunter

Thousands rally against Heathrow expansion

More than 2,000 people rallied in Parliament Square last Saturday against proposals for a third runway at London Heathrow airport.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, whose constituency includes Heathrow, told the crowd, “‘In my constituency at the moment, people are literally dying. They’re dying because the air has already been poisoned by the aviation industry.”

The London mayoral candidates of the five biggest parties—Tories, Labour, Greens, Lib Dems and Ukip—all spoke against expansion.

Climate conference in Manchester

More than 120 people attended a Time to Act on Climate Change conference in Manchester on Saturday of last week.

It was called by groups including Campaign against Climate Change and Friends of the Earth, and followed a week of action during the Tory conference.

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