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ANTI FRACKING PROTEST AT TOTAL GARAGE BOLTON
 

Star date: 18th January 2014

BARTON MOSS PROTECTORS LOCK ON AT BOLTON TOTAL GARAGE

"Total’s investors should know they’re in for a rough ride"

Anti-fracking campaigners from Barton Moss Community Protection Camp have `locked on' to petrol pumps at a Total filling station in Bolton, protesting at the French oil company's investment in fracking in the UK.

Fracking is banned in France so the giant energy company is financially backing the controversial shale gas extraction sites over here.

Full details here…


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Anti-fracking campaigners from the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp this lunchtime `locked on' to petrol pumps at a Total garage in Bolton, as a protest against the giant French energy company investing in the practice in the UK, while it's banned in France.

Four protectors attached themselves to filling pumps at the Total garage in Rishton Lane in Bolton at around 1pm today and, at 2:30pm emergency services were still trying to free them.

Support for the action is flooding in on Facebook sites…

"Lock on step on Total man, hit 'em where it hurts, their pockets publicity applaud the 4 courageous human beings" wrote Jane, while Jamie wrote "I've gotta give it to these guys, this is brilliant, keep doing what you're doing hopefully good will come out of it. Big thumbs up to you all", and Steve wrote "Obstruction of a huge multinational Corporation in its greedy profiteering".

A statement from Frack Free Greater Manchester this afternoon added: "A Total petrol station in Bolton has been closed down today by around 30 anti-fracking protesters in response to the French company’s recent announcement to invest £30 million into UK shale gas extraction. Four individuals have attached themselves to the petrol pumps using superglue and bike D-locks. Other protests have taken place at Total Garages in Blackpool and Brighton.

One of the protesters Kerry Johnson, 38 from Bolton said, “Fracking is banned in France but Total think it’s okay to extract profits from shale gas in this country instead. Just like Cuadrilla and IGas, Total’s investors should know they’re in for a rough ride.”

Another protester at the Total forecourt, John Bingham from Salford said, “Fracking is a huge threat to the health of local communities and will exacerbate global warming. If we’re serious about stopping climate change we need to keep existing fossil fuels in the ground and move to renewable energy systems.”

This week, Total announced it had bought a 40% stake in two shale gas exploration licenses in the UK with Dart Energy, Egdon Resources and IGas. It is one of the first major oil companies in to put money into shale gas in the UK." 

Photos by Nicola

   
SadButMadLad wrote
at 06:43:26 on 26 January 2014
I notice no update or correction to that fact that the protesters "locked on" at the wrong petrol station. It wasn't a Total station, it is owned by Certas Energy. Afraid to highlight that the protesters were stupid and got the wrong place? They even refused to move when told it was wrong thinking it was just a ruse because anti-frackers are always right and never wrong.
 
Angela Shellard wrote
at 19:31:08 on 19 January 2014
Brave people with my full support. And as for tying up emergency services shouldn't there be enough of those around to cope with these sort of things...or have government cuts meant all the services are thin on the ground? Wake up and smell the coffee....these protectors are doing it for you. Look into the despicable act of fracking instead of believing the lies the government is feeding to you. Fracking is for profit...it is NOT for us. It will poison the land and water, it will cause seismic activity, it will cause droughts, it will affect wildlife...wake up!
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 11:32:58 on 19 January 2014
Ken is absolutely correct, sadly the politicos at Swinton civilian centre are totally silent on this issues ,they don't give a toss about the electorate ! The only progress that is being made is in somebody else's bank account at our expense !!!!! Stinks
 
Kenneth Mckelvey wrote
at 11:32:40 on 19 January 2014
Wrote (Thenondiscript)calling the anti fracking Protesters again if he is young enough and has young children he/she/it Whoever /If they care for the Health and Welfare of their Children should be on the picket line with those Anti Frackers who are doing us all a great service /it is your children's world that is going to be loaded with pollution that is indestructible while the people who are prepared to poison the people will be enjoying their ill gotten gain in Country's that will not tolerate FRACKING at any PRICE So when you pass them by next time give them a toot on your cars horn If they succeed in their protest and I sincerely hope they do we the people of Salford are forever in their Debt Good Luck to them all
 
alwynne Cartmell wrote
at 10:26:36 on 19 January 2014
direct action is needed when plonkers dont listen to other means. little lever green party.
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 10:25:52 on 19 January 2014
The more I read about this disgusting Fracking the more I realise the debt the people of Salford Owe to the those people who are fighting our fight against the filthy 1% who will make billions out of all the mess/ Salford people truly are in their debt
 
wrote
at 10:25:34 on 19 January 2014
What DICKHEADS they are totally disrupting the lawful goings on of hundreds of Bolton people, do you really think you will get support with pathetic stunts like this????????????????????? Maybe GMP should bring along a mental heath assessment team next time you stage a "protest"!
 
Ger wrote
at 10:25:03 on 19 January 2014
Bravo and thank you to these brave people. We need to send out a strong message to the fossil fools - their raping and pillaging of our earth is no longer welcome and they will be met with resistance. Fracking is the most destructive means of extracting fossil fuels and needs to be banned worldwide. Shame on the British government for selling off what's left of the country's rural areas!
 
Kenneth w mckelveyI wrote
at 10:24:30 on 19 January 2014
If Salford Council have any doubts about Fra going they should look at ly/1bl6Fdo#bbcgt The damage and destruction that Fracking dos. To the enviroment and peoples health is unbelievable Up to 600 chemicals used in the process of Fracking including the very dangerous Fracking Fluid containing carcinogens. And other Toxins /Millions of gallons of water is used at every Fracking site / Some of this Water leachs out and Contaminates near by Water Areas Rendering that contaminated water useless/In the USA Thousands of Respiratory and Neurological Damage Complaints have been diagnosed /And what is also frightening only between 30 to 50 % of water used is recovered the rest is TOXIC and left in the ground and to add to its destruction it is NON Biodegradable So before you take any bribes off this Disgusting Government think of the PEOPLE of SALFORD for a change the TOXIC FILTH will still be with us long after your bribes are spent ?
 
rob tynan wrote
at 10:23:35 on 19 January 2014
I quite these agree these people have the right to protest. BUT......They DO NOT have the right to tie up OUR emergency services, be that the Ambulance Service, THE POLICE or the Fire Services. They DO NOT have the right to inconvenience the general public who pay for and need these services; and they DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO PUT THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT RISK!!!!!
 
Jan wrote
at 17:26:18 on 18 January 2014
If Total want to invest in fracking and all the chemicals that are involved in the process for a quick buck and few yrs worth of energy then they should be ashamed of them selves but i dont think such a thing is possible with these greedy companies.
 
diane steels wrote
at 17:16:07 on 18 January 2014
As one of the protectors at Barton Moss as you can see this is not just a weekday action we can and will use direct action anywhere the need arises. It is all well and good France banning the atrocity known as Fracking but to have the sheer audacity to try and Frack in our country is unacceptable! a case of NIMBY. The Total branding and signeage seems to have disappeared over the last week another strange thing to happen. TOTAL you can expect more of this will not go unchallenged. Respect to the lock on protectors.
 
mary kitt wrote
at 17:15:46 on 18 January 2014
Can't do it at home so youll do it herr. Double standsrds
 
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