Monthly Archives: February 2014

Frack Free Tameside offer their support to the Barton Moss Protection Camp ahead of the high court ruling on their eviction brought by Peel Holdings

We at Frack Free Tameside fully support the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp and feel strongly that the camp should be allowed to remain. The protectors there have worked bravely, peacefully, and tirelessly to raise awareness of the dangers of fracking locally and nationally, providing a service to the community that – in a better world – would fall within the scope of our elected representatives.

Alas, it is left to brave citizens such as those at the Barton Moss Camp to make people aware that their water, air and environment are at risk of irreversible contamination from fracking – that will have devastating affects on their health and the health of future generations to come.

We have attended the camp on many occasions to support and spend time with the brave protectors there and have always been treated with the utmost respect by them. Indeed, their behaviour has been exemplary in the face of increasing violence, hostility and provocation from the Greater Manchester police who seem to have torn up and thrown out the human rights protections afforded to peaceful demonstrators.

The Barton Moss Protection Camp should not be underestimated as a symbol of peaceful resistance that is an example to the nation as a whole. We therefore request that the high court should uphold the recognition of the verge which they are occupying as part of the public footpath, and not of privately owned land, and therefore out of the civil jurisdiction of those who have vested interests in moving them on. We, the public, are very happy for them to stay as long as they are willing to, they are not obstructing pedestrian’s rights of way – unlike the fleet of 35,000 ltr tankers which are using a public footpath illegally.image

UPDATED-Mother and Ex-Serviceman Unlawfully Arrested on Peaceful Childrens Day walk

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A mother and a Fireman and ex-serviceman have both been unlawfully arrested in a spate of new arrests on the footpath at Barton Moss Protection Camp. Today was designated ‘Childrens Day’ due to the half term holiday and a range of activities to include the children in the march and enable families to support the camp. It seem GMP have taken this opportunity to make an example of peaceful protest and arrest the quiet and vulnerable.

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After speaking to the arrested man, Steve,  following his release from Swinton Police Station where a vigil is held by protestors each evening, we correct the misquote from previous version below-

The words our ex-serviceman and local fireman said to the police as he was waiting for a prison van were ‘I feel like I am doing more to protect my country now than I ever did in the army Armed Forces

I know Steve personally and he asked me to post this to clarify his background –

“I served nine and a half years in the Military, the first six and and a half were with the Royal Navy and the last three were with a specialist Army unit called 148 Commando Battery, who’s main role was Naval Gunfire Support in small forward observation teams, my role was as radio operator. I completed All Arms Commando Course run by the Royal Marines in 1996 to earn my Green Beret and Commando Dagger, followed by a ‘Jumps’ course at RAF Brize Norton to earn my Parachute Wings. So, in a sentence – I was a sailor, working as a soldier, trained by the Royal Marines and the RAF. Not a lot of people know about 148 Battery, hence all the confusion (even amongst my friends, as I rarely talk about my time in the military). I did an operational tour of Bosnia as a peace keeper just before I left the military, hence the Former Yugoslavia medal, and I’m proud to have never fired a shot in anger during my whole service. The two jubilee medals were for public service, everybody got them ‘just for turning up’. I have never worn my medals on my uniform. Barton Moss was the first ever time, and I honestly do not and care not for the order in which they should go, nor how untidy my 18 year old army T-Shirt is. I’m quite ambivalent about what the Military has become due to the poor way in which our injured soldiers are treated on return and also the devastation it causes to the lives of innocent people around the world. It’s very hard to say that today due to the jingoistic discourse from our leaders and the main stream media, but I am not, and never have been afraid to stand up and be counted. I’m currently a firefighter and the gold medal was won at the World Police and Fire Games (A kind of Police and Firefighters Olympics). I have two more golds and a silver but thought it would be ‘showing off’ to wear them all. My choice of dress and medals on display at Barton Moss was purely symbolic, hoping to raise more awareness of the Anti Fracking Campaign and also to show how diverse the group of people are, who give up their time and exercise their right to protest against this abomination, that has the potential to poison all our water courses, just as it has done in the USA and other countries around the world. I would like to think that I have raised the profile of the Anti Fracking Movement, but it has come at a personal cost to me and I still may have to face some, as yet unknown consequences for my actions. I’ve also copped for a bit of stick, but I suppose that goes with the territory. I am who I am, I’ve done what I’ve done and I’ll continue to do what I do – Stand up and be counted, with my integrity intact”.

See the story unfold hereImage

GMP Aggression-Barton Moss LIVE- Petition

Live streaming on Barton Moss Footpath has proved to be driven by force from Greater Manchester Police again, as on Saturday where a woman was violently attacked and arrested. Here ar three of the live streams available from this morning.

LIVE NOW! 17 Feb 2014 CLICK HERE

Live Now Stream 2 CLICK HERE

Live Now Stream 3 CLICK HERE

 CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION-

WE DEMAND A PUBLIC ENQUIRY INTO THE POLICING OF BARTON MOSS CAMP SALFORD  Responsible department: Home Office  We urgently call for a public enquiry (judge led) into the way that the Greater Manchester Police have policed Barton Moss Community Protection Camp Irlam.

Woman assaulted and arrested whilst injured at Barton Moss

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More police atrocity as a women is chased and mowed down, then attacked and restrained whilst visibly injured and appears to be having a seizure. Despite pleas from her to stop, GMP officers continue the assault whilst on the field adjacent to Barton Moss Road which has been declared a Footpath by Judge Khalid Qureshi, which now means more than 50 protectors may walk free of false allegations and trumped charges of obstructing a Highway. The arrested woman was taken to Hope Hospital where she was dearrested and no charges brought against her.

See the video here

Cuadrilla Announce Two New Fracking SItes in Lancashire

Cuadrilla Announce Two New Fracking Sites in Lancashire

It is clear that Fylde are already on the ball with their campaign and support from local residents, consultation will be well prepared for in light of this new announcement.

Cuadrilla Resources is to apply for permission to drill at a site at Roseacre Wood, near Wharles and at a site near the A583 at Little Plumpton.

The company wants to explore each site to see if natural gas trapped in the shale rock layers 6,000ft below the surface can be got out economically.

Cuadrilla has promised full consultation with the people living in both areas and has organised meetings with the community at two locations tonight, together with further consultations throughout the process.

It said with environmental impact assessments to be carried out on each site, plus up to nine permits to be cleared with the environment agency, and planning permission to be granted by Lancashire County Council, the process is likely to take many months.

DEADLINE-Wednesday 05 February 2014! Write To Your MEP!

>>>>>Please!!!! A little 2 min job to help The Cause that’s all! Your MEP (yes you have a European MP too!) is voting on fracking THIS THURSDAY !!!! Cut and paste this text, and stick it your postcode in the link below …scroll down to find MEPs YOU WILL NEED TO PERSONALISE THIS RESPONSE A BIT, AS THEY DON’T ACCEPT DUPLICATE RESPONSES, SO PLEASE USE AS A TEMPLATE
Thankyou <<<<<
Dear…..
On Wednesday 5 February, you will vote on the Delvaux/Szymanski report on the 2030 climate and energy package.In this context, I am asking you to support• amendment 27 which urges local and regional authorities not to authorise fracking• three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report)And I ask you to reject: Amendments 6 and 14:

Amendment 27 reads:

“On the basis of the precautionary principle and taking into account the risks and the negative climate, environmental and health impacts involved in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and extraction (e.g. of shale gas), and the gaps identified in the EU regulatory regime for such activities which the Commission has yielded to pressure not to regulate on, urges local and regional authorities not to authorise any unconventional hydrocarbon exploration or extraction operations in the EU, and urges Member States to refrain from preventing such decisions”(emphasis added)

Going hand in hand with our opposition to shale gas and other fossil fuel extraction is a desire to see Europe to make significant energy savings, and for there to be a greater percentage of renewables in Europe’s energy supply. This is why we, as citizens, ask you to support three binding targets on energy efficiency, renewables and greenhouse gas emissions (paragraph 4 of the original Delvaux/Szymanski report) and ask you to reject amendments 6 and 14 which represent a backtrack of our current energy policy.

Europe deserves a clean, green future, not the toxic legacy afforded by continuing to use fossil fuels. It is in your power to support this, I respectfully request that you please find it in your heart to do so. The latest research on shale gas extraction by academics in USA, where hydraulic fracturing has been used prolifically, shows that the impact on population includes that of heightening the chances of a child suffering from neural tube and heart defects. Whatever political party you support, whatever their strategy, please look at the ethics here and ask yourself, ‘How can I possibly support the destruction of a baby in the womb for profit?’ There can be no greater crime against human decency than this. You have a duty to protect us as citizens of the UK, please do everything within your power to stop this criminal industry.

Best regards,