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SALFORD ANTI FRACKING PROTESTERS DELIVER XMAS PRESENT TO IGAS
 

Star date: 16th December 2013

GIANT WIND TURBINE BLADE APPEARS AT BARTON MOSS

This morning, daring anti-fracking campaigners delivered an early Christmas present to the IGas exploratory drilling site at Barton Moss – a massive wind turbine blade which was left blocking the entrance gates.

Late this morning police were guarding the highly symbolic `present' as officers told the Salford Star it was `crime scene evidence'.

Full details here…


Salford Anti-Fracking Christmas Present for IGas Salford Anti-Fracking Christmas Present for IGas Salford Anti-Fracking Christmas Present for IGas
Salford Anti-Fracking Christmas Present for IGas Salford Anti-Fracking Christmas Present for IGas Barton Moss Community Protection Camp
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This morning, at 5:30am, fifty campaigners against fracking left an early Christmas present at the entrance gates to the IGas exploratory drilling site at Barton Mossa highly symbolic 17 metre, 1.5 tonne wind turbine blade.

The huge windmill blade came complete with a red Christmas bow and blocked the entrance causing disruption to the site until workmen managed to shift it a few feet to one side.

Late this morning the blade was being guarded by two police cars and around eight officers, one of whom told the Salford Star that structure was now `crime scene evidence'.

Sandra, one of the people who put the blade in place, said "We've delivered this early Christmas gift to IGas to remind them that we don't need damaging, risky and polluting energy sources like oil and gas to power the UK.

"The Government and the big energy companies are planning to build a new wave of gas-fired power stations, partly fed by thousands of fracking wells across the British countryside" she added "This would lock us into using this expensive and dirty fossil fuel for decades to come, trapping us in a future of spiralling energy prices and disastrous floods, storms and droughts as climate change kicks in.

"Meanwhile" she explained "a shift to properly insulated homes powered by clean, community-owned or publicly-controlled renewable energy would rescue millions from fuel poverty, prevent thousands of winter deaths and give us all a decent chance at avoiding runaway climate change."

Local resident, Pearl Hopkins, was thrilled that the daring campaigners had sent the present… "I didn't know today's action was going to happen but I'm very glad it did" she said "It's great that people are coming from all over the country to support us at Barton Moss - and with creative blockades like this one.

"Local people have tried using all the official channels to object to this scheme, but the Council and IGas seem determined to brush our concerns under the carpet and carry on regardless" she added "We'd like renewable energy for the future - not the destruction of our towns and countryside with thousands of drill sites."

The present brought much joy to the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp this morning, with campaigners having their photos taken with the blade and bemused police officers.

Rachel Thompson of Frack Free Greater Manchester which is also campaigning against fracking said: "The Government's plan to increase our reliance on gas - including fracked gas - would lead to higher energy bills and more pollution. The only reason they're going down this path is because of the power and influence of the big energy companies.

"The Big Six can make far bigger profits from fossil fuels than from clean energy or home insulation schemes, which is why they're using their cosy relationship with Government to block renewable alternatives and keep us all burning their expensive gas" she added "That's why we all need to stand up for a fairer, cleaner, more democratic energy system without the Big Six profiteers in charge."

The giant windmill blade was a very symbolic gesture from pro-renewable groups, which have vowed to keep up their incredibly imaginative campaign against fracking in Salford.


See also previous Salford Star articles…

* Police target elderly, pregnant and disabled at Barton Moss - click here

* Salford Rally Tells Labour Party To Get Off The Fracking Fence - click here

Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 21:12:39 on 18 December 2013
I. Seen of the fracking sites in the I and Daily Mirror plus it is now common knowledge that the top ministers who are advocating Fracking do not want any near to them/ I wonder if they know about the mess and havoc that Fracking causes./ We will see the pro Fracking nimbys when /5282 it gets started proper
 
Come clean Ken! wrote
at 18:55:01 on 18 December 2013
Ken. please do publish the source of your maps so that we can make our own mind up as to the accuracy / integrity of such. .. P.S I see the council had TWO mini sweepers, a cart, and a bin wagon out in force in Weaste lane area today picking up all the leaves!!!!!!! What's all that about we don't get that in Worsley, mates in high places ay.
 
Kenneth Mckelvey wrote
at 17:42:40 on 18 December 2013
If these Frackers do every site that the government is allowing the UK will finish up like a Swiss cheese on the map I seen what was so obvious no FRACKING barfor two sites in a fifty mile radius of London and the home Countys!
 
alan davies wrote
at 07:44:38 on 18 December 2013
KEITH !!thugs at the gates!! Not on my watch m8,all i saw was plods in bully boy mode pushing people about.I did though meet several very informed and vocal protectors helping us stop the desecration of Chat Moss..I also attended igas seminars as well as anti fracking meetings and after considering the many issues,which included reputable press cuttings and anecdotal information from overseas,that fracking/drilling is not my preferred option for future energy supplies.
 
Jim wrote
at 07:43:53 on 18 December 2013
Keith: operating theatres are powered as we all know by elect-tricary which wind turbines produced. a more constructive way of helping construction workers would be to improve site safety such as ending blacklisting of safety reps from construction sites..... concentrating on ambulances is a lame excuse for progressive site safety initiatives...... brilliant action by the way anti crackers all and imaginative way of getting the message out loud and clear.
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 07:43:28 on 18 December 2013
Just seen a map for Fracking licences the government have handed out to these foreign tax dodgers they are going to rip the UK apart
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 14:40:06 on 17 December 2013
Keith, depends on who you believe regarding prices. A Deutsche Bank report throws a rather large doubt over whether the savings to consumers are possible. Furthermore given that all the companies tearing up the landscape are privately run what is to stop those companies doing what utility companies do now and indulge in huge profiteering? Personally I'm not sure of the pros and cons of fracking, but to just go ahead without removing any doubts whatsoever just seems like folly.
 
Ken Mckelvey wrote
at 06:33:03 on 17 December 2013
Heather hope so because if the Frackers get their way and frack they will leave the same devastation as oil and coal as for cheap gas pull the other one All Swedens power comes from recycled garbage they now import others garbage free
 
Keith wrote
at 06:32:32 on 17 December 2013
I hope I never find myself in an operating theatre powered by windmills, or trying to get an ambulance on to a drilling site with an injured worker when "imaginative" protesters have blocked the entrance with a windmill blade. There is already growing evidence that our high energy prices compared to the US will cause a dramatic lack of competitiveness and therefore job losses in major industries. Windmills have been a nice scam eating up subsidies provided by the tax payers but they do not solve our energy problems since they require equivalent quantities of traditional sources of power to be available when there is no wind. I support the development of alternative power sources but it is not sensible to suggest they are going to solve all of our immediate power requirements. We need to have sensible debates in appropriate institutions and not amongst a bunch of thugs at the entrance to each drill site. Even though they threaten site workers I am sure they are nice imaginative protesters really.
 
Mark Venzke wrote
at 06:31:28 on 17 December 2013
Mark Venzke Publisher & Editor A More Perfect Union 35 Southeast 5th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32601-6709 352-328-5615 AMPU1787@gmail.com http://www.AMorePerfectUnionUSA.weebly.com Friends, Brilliant! I just added a link to your article in your citizens' journal to the recommended articles area of my citizens' journal at: AMorePerfectUnionUSA.weebly.com Carry on! Mark Venzke
 
Heather wrote
at 19:10:28 on 16 December 2013
brilliant, well done. and reacting to bbc news article I reckon fracking will be more disruptive than any protest or a peaceful barton moss left to the wildlife which is exactly how it should be.
 
anne power wrote
at 16:14:07 on 16 December 2013
well done those imaginative campaigners. Medals for all. Anne 82.
 
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