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Reclaim the Power and get the frack out of here: 14-20 Aug

Posted: June 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Energy, Events | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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Dates for your diary: get involved to stop fracking in the UK

19 – 20 July, Nottingham: Build the site! Making radical spaces happen from the ground up is a big job, but it needn’t be a mystery. So we are dedicating part of this gathering to site training! There will be something for everyone, with all levels of knowledge and mobility.

More details at nodashforgas.org.uk, @nodashforgas and on Facebook

14-20 August, Location TBA: Action camp

Take on the frackers! The action camp will be at a fracking site and to keep the industry in suspense, the exact location and travel information will be revealed near the time. 😉 Hunt the Facebook event page for clues as they are revealed…

*Support the community fightback
*Get skilled up and take direct action
*Build the world you want to see

August 14th-20th

What? – This year the target is fracking – a form of ‘extreme energy’ that threatens our human rights to a safe climate, clean water and a healthy local environment. – New fracking sites are being opened across the country every month. Up to 60% of England is under threat – Reclaim the Power will support a community on the frontline fighting fracking and join the dots between climate, social and economic justice – Alternatives exist here and now – we could create a million climate jobs, reduce energy demand and convert to community and publicly owned renewables

Why? – We need to reclaim OUR power. The government wants to drill under our homes, keep us hooked on fossil fuels and keep our energy in private, profiteering hands. – Meanwhile, climate change is getting worse, fuel poverty is killing people and economic and social crises are hitting us harder every day – We can stop this. We can stop fracking and build a democratic and clean energy system that works for us. The UK has a long history of civil disobedience, from the suffragettes to the disability rights movements.

How? – We’ll share skills, meet friends, participate in workshops and take mass civil disobedience.

Get involved and get inspired – let’s take on the frackers and win!

Nodashforgas.org.uk  @nodashforgas Action camp on Facebook

We CAN stop fracking in the UK!


Fracking test site blocked by wind turbine blade

Posted: December 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: | 1 Comment »

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This morning fifty pro-renewables campaigners delivered a 17 metre, 1.5 tonne wind turbine blade as “Christmas gift” for fracking company IGas. The entrance to the Barton Moss test site has been blocked, to prevent drilling vehicles from entering.

At 5.30 this morning (Monday 16th December 2013), fifty people blocked the entrance to IGas’s exploratory drilling site in Barton Moss with a giant wind turbine blade. The campaigners arrived at the site in Salford in Greater Manchester, proceeded to unload and assemble the 17-metre blade from its three component segments. They were spotted by a security guard who called the police, but the officers who arrived on the scene were too late to prevent the blockade from being set up.

The campaigners then left, leaving the heavy wind turbine blade in place across the entrance, complete with a large red Christmas bow. Currently all vehicle access the site is being severly disrupted by the 1.5-tonne blade, which cannot be moved without large numbers of people or specialist equipment.

IGas have obtained permission to drill a 3000 metre (10000 foot) test well at Barton Moss, in the hope of extracting both coal bed methane and shale gas. If the tests prove successful, IGas would then be likely to use the controversial extraction method of horizontal slickwater hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) to blast gas out of the ground. In the US, where fracking has been underway for several years, the practice has been linked to water contamination, air pollution, and risks to local water supplies, with over 1000 leaks and spills reported in one year in North Dakota alone. If fracking were to spread across the UK, it would lead to the extraction of large amounts of oil and gas that would otherwise have remained in the ground, with serious consequences for the climate .

The fracking industry itself has admitted that the practice is unlikely to bring down energy bills , and economist Nicholas Stern has accused the Government of “baseless economics” for claiming otherwise. Meanwhile, the Government’s own Committee on Climate Change has released a report showing that a shift away from fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency could save the UK public £85 billion per year .

Following a summer of high-profile anti-fracking protests at Balcombe in West Sussex, which ended when the drilling company Cuadrilla withdrew its fracking application, Barton Moss is now widely seen as the new frontline in the battle for clean energy in the UK, and in November 2013 a “Barton Moss Protection Camp” was set up at the site. Actions are frequently launched from the camp to disrupt drilling activities at the site, and at least ten people, including local residents, have been arrested in the last few weeks. This year’s anti-fracking protests seem to have shifted public opinion; according to national polling by the University of Nottingham, support for fracking dropped significantly after the summer protests at Balcombe.

Today’s action was carried out by a group of people from all over the UK who had been inspired by the Reclaim The Power protest camp at Balcombe earlier this year. Sandra Denton, who was 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. 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, 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.”

Rachel Thompson of Frack Free Greater Manchester, a separate local group who are campaigning against fracking in the area, 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. That’s why we all need to stand up for a fairer, cleaner, more democratic energy system without the Big Six profiteers in charge.”

Pearl Hopkins, a local resident, said, “I didn’t know today’s action was going to happen but I’m very glad it did. 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. We’d like renewable energy for the future – not the destruction of our towns and countryside with thousands of drill sites.”

More information on what’s going on can be found on The Northern Gas Gala website.


Reclaim the power at Balcome: Frack Off

Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Events | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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Hundreds of climate and anti-cuts activists are planning to ‘swoop’ on a secret site in the Balcombe area where shale oil and gas company Cuadrilla is engaged in exploratory drilling.

Swoop participants will meet at Balcombe Train Station at 1pm on Friday August 16th before moving en-masse to take the site. The five day action camp taking place there – named Reclaim the Power – will run from August 16-21 and involve ‘mass, audacious and creative acts of civil disobedience’. [1]

Cuadrilla has a six week concession in the Sussex village to drill for shale oil, but 85% of Balcombe residents oppose the drilling. Over 45 local groups opposing fracking have sprung up around the country in response to requests by Cuadrilla and other companies to drill in their area. [2] Balcombe is widely regarded as the frontline in the government’s dash to frack the UK for fossil fuels.

The group spearheading the swoop – No Dash for Gas – shut down EDF’s West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire last October. 21 activists occupied the site and lived up two chimneys for a week, in protest over what they describe as climate chaos and escalated fuel poverty if the government’s ‘dash for gas’ goes ahead. [3] The protest prevented over 23,000 tons of carbon emissions and resulted in EDF suing the group for £5million – a suit dropped after just three weeks due to massive public outcry including a petition signed by 64,000 people.

Now the group is mounting an ambitious action camp with a coalition of organisations including UKUncut, Disabled People Against the Cuts, the Greater London Pensioners Association, Campaign Against Climate Change, and Fuel Poverty Action. The Reclaim the Power camp at Balcombe will see participants engage in workshops covering extreme energy, Just Transition and work, resisting government cuts and solidarity with communities on the front-lines of climate change.

The camp will also include a full day’s ‘direct action training’ where participants will plan a number of ‘missions’ together before engaging in 48 hours of action against Cuadrilla.

Sharon James of No Dash for Gas said: ‘Our event is called Reclaim the Power and that’s exactly what we need to do. We need to reclaim our energy system out of the hands of corporations that will frack our countryside, crash our climate targets and send fuel bills through the roof. We want democratically controlled, renewable energy. Our action will echo the local community in showing Cuadrilla that fracking is unwanted, unsafe and unnecessary.’

She went on to say:

‘Fossil fuels are not the answer to our energy gap. Social, economic and climate justice movements can and will unite to stand with affected communities to resist this undemocratic activity. We urge Cuadrilla to stop drilling, get out of Balcombe and drop fracking, fast.’

Ken Savage, aged 91, of The Greater London Pensioners Association said: ‘We lend our full support to and stand solidly with Reclaim the Power. Many pensioners dread the winter where many of us cannot afford the heating and are seeing our friends pass away un-necessarily. 7000 people died last year – many of them pensioners – because they couldn’t afford to keep warm. Many of us see climate change as a real threat to our grandchildren. We want to see a change in this country’s energy policy which takes climate change seriously, makes the change to safe and sustainable power and which serves human need and not corporate greed. We will be present at the camp and look forward to taking part in this important event and protest’.

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[1] http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/ [2] http://frack-off.org.uk/local-group-specific-pages/ [3] http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/uncategorized/press-release-campaigners-from-no-dash-for-gas-abseil-90m-down-power-station-chimney-to-end-7-day-occupation/

Contact

No Dash for Gas Media Team 07447 027112

Email: info@nodashforgas.org.uk

Twitter: @nodashforgas


Reclaim the Power, 17-20 Aug

Posted: May 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Energy, Events | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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Join No Dash for Gas for a 4 day camp and protest at West Burton power station: 17th — 20th August 2013

Is Climate Camp back?

Big decisions are being made now about how we’re going to power the UK. The government’s policy of increasing our reliance on gas is pushing millions into fuel poverty. This – coupled with ruthless cuts to essential services – leaves many with an impossible choice between heating and eating. And the same policy guarantees that we’ll miss even our modest carbon reduction targets. Both the financial and the climate crises are related to the pursuit of profit above all else, in the interests of the few and at the expense of the many.

We need a win. And one win we need is a secure future for generations to come, where profits don’t trump the public interest and where we have safe, clean energy to meet our needs.

Be part of creating something BIG this summer, get involved now and Reclaim The Power.

We can fight back, as the student, trade union, women’s, disabled rights and anti-cuts movements have shown us. There has never been a more critical time to take action. The solutions are there to be grasped.

21 people went up two chimneys but 64,000 came down

Last October, 21 environmental activists shut down EDF’s West Burton power station for a week in protest at the government’s Dash for Gas. West Burton is the first of up to 40 new gas fired power stations being planned. With your help, including a solidarity petition signed by 64,000 people – they fought off EDF’s attempt to sue them for £5 million.

This summer, inspired by their action, we are building a wide coalition of groups and individuals who will be coming together to Reclaim the Power. We’ll plan together. We’ll put forward solutions. We’ll cross the border from anger to action. It was people power that stopped new coal and stalled plans for a third runway at Heathrow, that made bankers’ greed and tax avoidance toxic and that is now fighting austerity attacks on workers, women, pensioners and the disabled. Together, we will stop the dash for gas.

Want to be part of creating Reclaim The Power? Wondering where we’ll be, how you can get there or what you need to bring? More info to come soon, keep up to date at: