As Prime Minister David Cameron today unveiled bribes to local councils in exchange for fracking permits, the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp gave its own answer – with three protectors locking on to lorries attempting to deliver supplies to the IGas exploratory drilling site.
It took the Greater Manchester Police `Protestor Removal Team' almost two hours to shift the anti-fracking campaigners, who are taking direct action to disrupt the start of exploratory drilling for coal bed methane and shale gas on the Peel Holdings owned land.
Freedom of Information responses have revealed that, last November during just one month, £85,000 was spent on the police operation at Barton Moss, safeguarding passage for the IGas trucks.
Today's action comes in the wake of the ConDem Government offering bribes and incentives for local councils to accept fracking on their doorsteps. David Cameron has promised that local authorities, such as Salford Council, will be allowed to keep 100% of business rates from shale gas sites, which could be worth over £1million a year. Communities have also been bribed with promises of £100,000 per well plus 1% of revenue.
Salford's community gave its answer over the weekend with a huge show of support at Salford Precinct (see here) and at the Solidarity Day march and rally yesterday (see here).
* Protest At Salford Council
This Wednesday 15th January between 8am and 9:15am outside the Civic Centre on Chorley Road, Swinton, prior to a meeting of the Full Council, anti-fracking campaigners will be calling on Salford Council to reject any fracking permits in the city.
• At the same time there will be a protest against Salford Mayor Ian Stewart's appointment of the £150,000 Fat Cat Head of Paid Service.