Anti-fracking protest in Manchester, England

This video from England says about itself:

6 October 2015

Anti-Fracking Nanas – Frack Free Lancashire – Manchester Anti-Austerity ProtestTory Party Conference

By Steve Sweeney in Manchester:

Climate activists rally for change

Thursday 8th October 2015

ACTIVISTS across Britain joined a No to Fracking! Save our Solar! protest at the Tory Party conference yesterday.

The rally, which was timed during Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech, was held as the Tory conference drew to a close.

They chanted: “David Cameron hear us say — fracking no way” as drums, whistles and sirens accompanied them in a noisy protest.

Friends of the Earth campaigner Aaron Kiely said it was an “incredible achievement” that anti-frackers have managed to keep the country “frack-free” for four years — despite government plans to fast-track its introduction.

Fracking is dirty, dangerous and threatens our communities,” he told the crowd.

“We need climate jobs. The government has cut support for solar energy which has cost 20,000 jobs.

“This is clearly not the right thing. We need investment in green industry.”

Addressing the rally, Campaign Against Climate Change’s Martin Empson said that the Tories think that the free market will solve climate change “but what the free market really brings you is Volkswagen.

“We don’t want to be left to the mercy of the free market, we want state intervention, investment in green jobs and eco-friendly homes.”

He went on to stress the importance of keeping up the pressure and building a mass movement of ordinary people to be part of a European climate protest in Paris scheduled for November.

6 thoughts on “Anti-fracking protest in Manchester, England

  1. Wednesday 16th December 2015

    posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

    THE Tories attempted yesterday to sneak through legislation to allow fracking in some of Britain’s national parks, prompting campaigners to cry foul.

    Energy Secretary Amber Rudd brought forward an amendment to the Petroleum Act 1998 late in the day’s business and without space in the parliamentary schedule for it to be debated.

    The government used a statutory instrument, which avoids a Commons debate on the details of its proposals.

    Hydraulic fracturing is currently being performed on 11 sites across Britain to extract oil and gas.

    Campaigning group Frack Off member Hannah Walters told the Star that activists were ready for a fight after 60 per cent of Britain’s surface was made available for the polluting practice.

    Included in the Tories’ proposed areas are national parks, the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

    Ms Walters said: “There are now over 200 active community groups in the UK, with new groups forming every month.

    “People can see the devastation caused by the industry in the US, where 100,000 of these fracking wells have been drilled in the last decade, and now find that their community is potentially facing the same threat.

    “Very few politicians understand that fracking requires eight wells or more to be drilled in every square mile of each licence area.

    “But there is nothing fracking companies or politicians fear more than genuine local opposition.

    “The areas of the UK that are most visibly organised, like Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire, look absolutely toxic.

    “Every attempt at gaining a foothold is delayed, costs soar and bad publicity ensues, all of which scares investors.”

    The group’s outrage was echoed by Labour’s shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy, who said: “Rather than addressing public concerns over fracking, ministers are using a parliamentary back door to put through these weak regulations without a proper debate.

    “Fracking should not go ahead in Britain until stronger safeguards are in place to protect drinking-water sources and sensitive parts of our countryside like national parks.”

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said that the way the changes were being pushed through was “outrageous.”

    Highlighting the threat that fracking poses to beautiful scenery and wildlife, he added: “It is tantamount to vandalism to not recognise that some areas simply must be protected from fracking so they can be enjoyed by future generations.”


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