‘Anti-fracking is terrorism’, British police says

This video from the USA says about itself:

6 May 2013

Fracking endangers national parks.

Apparently companies mining for energy don’t have to be within the boundaries of a National Park to cause harm to it.

Fracking — the practice of hydraulic shale fracturing to extract natural gas — has become popular around several parks and its effects upon them are being increasingly noticed.

According to a report put together by the National Parks Conservation Association, a watchdog group, North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park is particularly vulnerable.

Known for its stargazing opportunities, the night sky has been compromised by both the light coming from surrounding fracking sites and an increase in noise pollution. It’s suspected that water pollution will soon follow.

The opening of multitudes of natural gas extraction sites has also created job opportunities, causing the area to experience a population boom. Due to a shortage in permanent housing, many new residents have been forced to live in the park’s campgrounds.

Another National Parks matter of great concern to environmentalists is a Glacier National Park concessions bid put in by Xanterra Parks and Resorts.

The company is a subsidiary of Anschutz Exploration Corporation, an energy company currently drilling on an Indian reservation just outside of Glacier National Park’s boundaries.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Anti-fracking protesters branded ‘terrorists’

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Campaigners added to list of terror groups along with Isis

COPPERS in Yorkshire have added anti-fracking campaigns to a list of terror groups alongside Isis that require “monitoring and intervention,” a York local radio station revealed yesterday.

Anti-fracking campaigners reacted with shock at the move which is part of the government’s controversial “anti-terror” Prevent programme.

The environmental campaigners — who have staged a number of peaceful protests in the area — have been included in the City of York’s “Prevent Story Board” which identifies potential terrorist threats based on information from the police.

“I am shocked to hear that York’s peaceful and creative opposition to the government’s energy and climate agenda is now classed as terrorism,” said York Green councillor Lars Kramm.

“Anti-fracking protesters in Yorkshire and across the country deserve praise for their actions, not legal proceedings and stigmatisation as terrorists.”

The board also suggests that York faces risks from activity relating to Syria, anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian activities, hunt saboteurs, animal rights and extreme right-wing groups.

Frack Free York’s Leigh Coghill said: “People opposed to fracking are just ordinary peaceful residents who come from all walks of life and share concerns about the environmental and economic downsides of fracking.

“They have opposed specific planning applications and government policy through completely peaceful demonstrations in very close liaison with the police, with whom we have an excellent relationship.”

Music teacher and father of three Ian Conlan of Frack Free Ryedale argued that the Prevent strategy should focus on preventing terrorism and not “peaceful expressions of legitimate opinions and campaigning, which includes the right to protest.”

Anti-fracking groups and activities are widespread across North Yorkshire, which has been targeted by the government and fracking companies as ripe for exploitation by the controversial oil extraction process.