Opponents of Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool say their right to protest has been “repeatedly trampled on” by Lancashire Police.
In a letter to the force’s incoming chief constable, Andy Rhodes, they called for a meeting on policing of protests at the site at Preston New Road.
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18 May 2017
Conservative manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction
Commenting on the content of the Conservative Party Manifesto launched today (18 May), Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth campaigner, said:
“The mantra of ‘take back control’ will ring hollow for communities who face having fracking forced down their throats and their rights stripped away.
“The lack of policies to deal with the dirty air crisis is astounding. Polluting car manufacturers will sleep easy knowing that they have been let off the hook, while children with asthma will continue to choke. This is a national disgrace which can’t be hidden behind planting a few trees.
“The Conservatives have comprehensively rejected the siren voices calling for the UK to walk away from its international and domestic commitments to tackle climate change. This sends a strong message to both Donald Trump and opponents of action in the UK. However, far too many of the policies to deliver on this welcome pledge are inadequate or absent.
“We welcome the commitment to leave the environment better than we found it, and fully transfer EU environmental protections to UK law, but we must ensure that these laws can’t be rewritten later without full parliamentary scrutiny.”
Read Friends of the Earth’s manifesto asks: https://www.foe.co.uk/general-election#manifesto
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The world’s most respected climate scientists tell us that if we burn all the oil, coal and gas that we already know about in reserves then we will pass a very dangerous tipping point where 1,600 gigatonnes of methane, currently frozen in the Arctic, will begin to be released in massive quantities. Methane is a very dangerous greenhouse gas.
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People need to understand just how large these fracking sites are and this is without any large equipment, noise and heavy traffic. This is without doubt large scale industry in the midst of our rural countryside.
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STATEMENT FROM FFL FINANCE SUB GROUP
Mr. Gayzer Frackman has demanded to know how much is held in the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund and questioned the integrity of those involved in its collection and distribution.
It would be improper to disclose financial details in the public domain for obvious reasons; not least of which is disclosing such information to the industry. We can say though that the greater majority of the funds remaining in the Legal Fund after the Blackpool Public Inquiry have been “ring-fenced” for ongoing costs of the communities currently under threat of fracking at Preston New Road and Roseacre (including Mr. Jules Burton) in relation to Judicial Reviews. As they submit invoices they are paid out of the ring-fenced funds. This method acts as a clear audit trail whilst giving those communities and individuals reassurance in financial terms so they could pursue their actions and it has worked well.
A representative from PNRAG has said “We have a representative on the finance sub-group which oversees funding efforts and distribution of funds. It is good to know that there are ring fenced funds available to assist us.”
Mr. Burton has said “Without the security of the ring-fenced funds I could not have even considered making a legal challenge and I thank those kind supporters who made it possible”.
The balance of their ring-fenced funds were going to roll forward for the Roseacre re-opened public Inquiry, however Mr Burton submitted an application for a permitted hearing at the Manchester Court on 21 April and therefore FFL will continue to support our member in his endeavours.
A representative from RAG has said: “We are pleased to see that Mr. Burton has not been deterred following his application for a Judicial Review being refused. We wish him every success with his hearing and hope that the sitting Judge will see that Justice Dove’s dismissal was incorrect and allow the JR to proceed.”
For the record and by his own admission, Mr. Gayzer Frackman has not supported Frack Free Lancashire since 2015 (nor were FFL ever consulted about his case); that was of his own choosing, therefore the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund could not properly make any donation to his fundraising. He has alleged that the Legal Fund has supported our friends in Yorkshire but that is not true. Nothing that has been collected for the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund has been, nor could it be, donated to any Yorkshire group because they are also not members of Frack Free Lancashire individually or collectively. The truth is that Frack Free Greater Manchester collected in buckets themselves at the Manchester Rally in November 2016 and handed it to us on the day to be shared three ways, when counted, between PNR, Roseacre and Yorkshire. The donations (notes and coins) were counted after the Rally and paid into the Legal Fund account and a cheque for one third was sent to Frack Free Ryedale. Clearly notes and coins could not be sent by post.
We hope that this statement sets the record straight. All those who kindly and so generously donated to the Frack Free Lancashire Legal Fund can be assured that their donations have been, and will always continue to be, handled with the utmost propriety for members and groups of Frack Free Lancashire. We are now moving to a time when other Lancashire communities are under threat and it would be extremely sad for those communities if Mr. Frackman’s accusations in any way adversely affect future fundraising efforts under the well-known and respected Frack Free Lancashire banner.
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