Fracking slave traders chased out of Cheshire village

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At the COP21 meeting last year David Attenborough quite rightly referred to fossil fuel proponents as the modern day moral equivalents of slave traders. I say quite rightly because disagreeing with whatever David Attenborough says would be the moral equivalent of punching the Dalai Lama in the face. Dave’s had a really good look around the World, he knows what he’s on about and he’s a bloody nice fella.

Like slave traders, oil and gas companies will descend upon a perfectly peaceful community and terrorise it.

This is precisely what happened for two whole years at a beautiful little spot in Cheshire by the name of Upton. That was until last week when frackers iGas announced that they will not now be drilling at the Upton site as it doesn’t meet the company’s “criteria for commercial development.” Now bear in mind that just a handful of days ago over £200,000 was spent on an immense 200 Police officer and high court bailiff operation to forcefully remove an Anti Fracking Community Protection Camp from the field that was due to host the dark satanic drills. You could accept that a highly indebted company with crippling upfront expenses and not a drop of gas so far exploited would go to extreme levels of expense just days before a report is due out determining that they don’t need to but that would be ascribing an eye watering level of incompetence to what our government keep telling us is a gold standard industry.

Of course an alternative possibility would be that iGas have finally understood that it wasn’t just a Community Protection Camp that they we’re dealing with but an entire highly organised and highly motivated local community and they just didn’t fancy all of the hassle. Add into the equation that the site is right next to Chester Zoo and the fact that the intended field is also possibly the equivalent of Mecca for highly protected Great Crested Newts and the excuse of commercial viability looks as likely as an excuse of not wanting to drill there for fear of awakening the Kraken.

No matter how humiliating and embarrassing the excuse may look the alternative would be even more devastating.  To admit that the local community had seen them off would be a cataclysmic blow to iGas and the industry as a whole. Long gone are the days of its former CEO Ian Austin testifying to a House of Lords committee that a social license would be required to operate in any community but it would indicate a complete sea change to say that they’re now going to only terrorise communities that put up little resistance to them. Now we really would be in the days of the slave traders picking on weak and easily exploitable communities.

Fracking was inevitably going to go this way in the UK and it was only the detached arrogance of the early industry planners that allowed them to even consider putting drill pads right next to housing estates. Some places will be easy pickings, others will resist the drills by any means possible. Some places will have minimal social cohesion such as where the drill has just strolled in at Horse Hill in the Surrey Stockbroker belt but if they try fracking anywhere near the Forest of Dean it will be like the siege of the Alamo.

Strong social cohesion is why the fracking industry is getting such a right royal shellacking in Lancashire where the next round of this monumental battle is due to be fought through the rest of February into March.

Lancashire is about to be beamed back into the 1950’s and the era of the Stalin show trials with a fracking inquiry the result of which has already been determined.

Even Jennifer Mein the leader of Lancashire County Council seems to be blissfully unaware that we now live in a back to the future fascist state appealing to stoney faced apparatchiks over a decision that’s already been made.

In poll after poll fracking proves to be as popular as a night stuck in a lift with Jeremy Hunt with a recent Manchester Evening News poll recording an astonishing 97% against fracking, one of the rare occasions when Mancs have agreed upon anything. Even the Government’s own regular DECC poll shows a tiny and ever declining level of support for fracking with the vast majority showing a preference for renewable forms of energy confirming that democracy and fracking were separated at birth and are unlikely to ever have a reunion.

All of this is in the face of ever worsening news for fracking which like our recent foreign military ventures is only going to be more damaging the longer that it goes on. Ironically, since the people of Lancashire decided that fracking was a really stupid idea it’s been either banned or halted in virtually every nation that surrounds us with the French courts recently dismissing the last American frackers plea of “but it’s SO unfair” and the Dutch Government deciding that it would be equally unfair to poison its own citizens. The State of Oklahoma is now going through a fracking earthquake epidemic usually suffering 2 a year, last year they suffered almost 1000 quakes with Oklahomans now living in fear of the big one! Worst of all is the unreported environmental catastrophe at Porter Ranch in the northern suburbs of the great global metropolis of Los Angeles where a gas leak has lead to a state of emergency being declared with thousands of people being evacuated and folk living in daily fear of a cataclysmic explosion. But of course fracking and gas storage is all perfectly safe according to the Tories.

The biggest change since Lancastrians ditched fracking was the global gathering at Paris for COP21 where the whole World decided that we should strive to keep global temperature rises to within 1.5°C of pre industrial levels. This included our government as part of what was called “The High Ambition Coalition” who to confirm new levels of doublespeak returned to the UK to announce a whole new tranche of fracking licences. Regardless of the band of Tory lunatics playing the kazoo on the deck of the Titanic the World has effectively agreed to ban any new forms of fracking, indeed only a small percentage of currently known fossil fuel reserves can be burned if we are to stand any chance of keeping under that 1.5°C target.

We the people of Lancashire will carry on doing our bit to fight climate meltdown especially as much of our County is at or near sea level and it would be highly lemming like not to. The sham inquiry that’s about to happen will be yet another huge recruiting sergeant bringing in hordes of folk who aren’t particularly bothered about fracking or climate change but will abhor the appalling lack of democracy involved. And more British families, like at Upton, will be overjoyed and celebrating as the fracking Wolf is kept away from their door in places as far wide as North Yorkshire and Dorset as the modern day slave traders are ruthlessly driven out of business in a soon to be frack free British Isles.

Author: Smokin’ Joe Brotherton
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The fracking Elephant in the #GE2015 room will crush your property value

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It’s FINALLY been figured out that folk don’t really fancy living with a frackpad cranking away at the bottom of their garden 24/7. It’s basic common sense that property prices in frackfields will collapse with balancing price increases on the safe periphery of said frackfields, even more so in the compact housing market of the UK where an equally desirable million pound property can be found just 30 miles away from a place where a poor besieged vendor is having to declare that the frackers have just rocked up. The vendor will also have to explain to his prospective purchaser that due to the passing of the Infrastructure Bill in January an Englishman’s home is no longer his castle. The government now has a legal right to frack right under your property, dispose of what it wants into the workings under your property, with you having no legal recourse to object whatsoever. Who in their right mind would take a life shaping million pound punt on something like that?

FINALLY the nations Estate Agents are figuring this out. The prestigious and well read Mortgage Finance Gazette has just headlined that “Fracking Will Hit House Values” having FINALLY surveyed Estate Agents in the frackfields…some property marketers state house value crashes of up to 70% and they hardly even touched upon the blighted people who will simply NOT be able to sell their property until the frackers go in 15/20 years and that’s IF the place isn’t a toxic wasteland with an enormous clean up bill dumped on the locals.

The market never lies.

If given a choice of a million pound dream home in the idyllic Lancastrian countryside are you going to live in North West Lancashire in the fresh air stream of the Cumbrian mountains or 25 miles South in the Fylde that’s littered with a fouling toxic industry that’s banned for being highly hazardous to human health in multiple legislatures, that will fill the quiet country lanes with chemical dripping HGV’s, cause seismic events, poison groundwater and generally not look very nice. Put it really simply, would you move your Children and family into a house built in an industrial estate?

How those like Dave, so all out for shale or like Ed, thinking that the poisonous nonsense can be regulated didn’t see the inevitable affects on house prices is astonishing especially in a land so rampantly obsessed with location location location but then again, we know that they did know don’t we.

Rewind to the laughably redacted DEFRA report into the impacts of fracking in the UK…
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…the parts that they redacted like a kid let loose with a can of Coke and a black crayon were later said to have been CENSORED so as not to instantly shut down all further “debate” regarding fracking in the UK (not that there was any debate). What would provoke such a car crash response to the further debate and promotion of fracking to the average Englishman? A legally enforceable collapse in property value with no recourse whatsoever would do that so it was probably best not to stress the poor little loves about it.

If you still feel that you’re not having the wool pulled over your eyes consider just two things.

Mortgage Finance Gazette… “The Department for Energy and Climate Change is expected to auction off licence blocks to fracking firms over an area covering more than half of Britain just after the general election”…these PEDL license blocks were due to be auctioned before the election but were put back much to the laughter of the anti fracking community. One has to assume that the round was put back so as not to alarm the natives, which leads to point two.

Regardless of your opinion on whether fracking should proceed or not there can’t be any doubt that the process is highly contentious. Full scale fracking will also be nation changing for huge swathes of our land mass and perhaps most pertinently, fracking will have major consequences upon millions of English families in huge scale property value fluctuations and life changing sales disruptions. Yet fracking has barely featured in the general election #GE2015 discourse. A policy that may affect a percentage of child benefit is endlessly chewed over by the parties and main stream media whilst a policy that could wipe countless thousands if not millions from people’s property values barely gets a mention.

The reason that fracking just isn’t being talked about on a national basis by the Lib/Lab/Con UKIP establishment parties is because the process has been so thoroughly discredited on so many different levels that they know that they can’t defend the indefensible or sell a bag o shyte. You can tell just as much by what these people will talk about as by what they steer well clear of like a public space or a leader debate and they’re not talking about fracking because they know that only 19% of DEFRA poll respondents would even consider living next to a frackpad and that was before this confirmation that fracking will hammer your house value. They will definitely not want to talk about that and the proof of that pudding now has an election build up of fracking silence to clearly demonstrate it.

There’s still time to make these people accountable for their gross and intolerable decisions or at least be forced to discuss their justification for entering millions of English folk into some sickening form of post code frackfield lottery. The good people of Scotland showed us that with social media power and a awful lot of grassroots organisation, that a people can get an issue such as Trident onto the election agenda whereas it probably wouldn’t have even featured.

We’ve got just a handful of days to ask #WhereTheFrack because you can guarantee one thing. After the election every single fracking party will claim that they now have a mandate from the British people to frack and it’ll be time for you to go eyes down and look in for the great UK PEDL bingo lottery.

Author: Smokin’ Joe Brotherton

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Bentley on Mersey…where fracking ends in England?

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#SaveWoolstonEyes

Like a beautiful, blessed, but somewhat unruly child an anti extreme energy camp has just this second sprung into life in the most surreal place that the disgusting foul frackweirdos could have ever possibly dreamed of padding up…its at Woolston Eyes on the banks of the River Mersey right on the border between Warrington and Salford just yards away from Chris Packhams favourite SSSI Nature Reserve at?..yep, thats right…Woolston Eyes?!?, OK, so right now you’re saying WTF?!? ..get used to it baby..this is fracking..they frack exactly where they fracking want, “nature reserve”?!? frack off, who gives a duck? “pretty little birds”?!? frack them, they’re getting fracked, “Otters just returned to the water there”?!? screw those furry little frackers..they will quite literally frack anywhere…here’s the proof…they’ve opened up right next to Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve?!?

Some wholly detached freak in a suit somewhere has decided to extreme mine 2 miles down the road from Salford where iGas essentially got humiliated and drummed out of town just a year ago…pitching up next to Warrington who not only gave Salfordians unbelievably solid support at Barton Moss but who you also seriously wouldn’t want to frack with…next to the majestic River Mersey who most Scousers would want their ashes scattered into…yeah…thats exactly where I’d set up an extreme energy site just before an election where #fracking has been mentioned less than #janner and #csa

This is quite obviously going to get interesting…for further developments follow the Black Necked Grebe, one of the rare delights at #SaveWoolstonEyes <<<< can you believe this shit?!?

26th April

Popped down to the site and visited with some truly inspirational folk and properly met a former face across a Barton Moss convoy who turned out to be a year below me in my school in an obscure London overflow town that was like South Central LA without the shooters. Discovering this lead to a torrent of GTFO’s from me but I shouldn’t have been surprised, the first lad that I met at Barton Moss Community Protection Camp was born in the same hospital as me on the Isle of Wight?!? If I was on the Druid juice I’d be starting to think about guardian angels arriving on my Mosslands…everyone down at Woolston is a true guardian angel though.

So what looks like early preparations for a drill pad butts up against and borders The Mersey Way?!? Can you believe that? Imagine hiking along The Pennine Way and having to choke your way through a haze of Radon and drillpad emissions, flare stacks and roaring HGV engines. Imagine legging it all the way along The Mersey Way from Liverpool and your journey ends at a frackpad? There’s a family pub 200 yards away from the site with an outdoor kiddies play area?!? You seriously have to question what is wrong with these people who place such inherently dangerous and proven unhealthy operations in the heart of our communities and recovering environments.

The spot is a nature treasure as well, even though its under the permanently roaring M6. This bit of the old Mersey is the very first stretch after it departs the mighty Manchester Ship Canal. Its isolated, cut off almost and chock full of nest building Great Crested Grebes displaying to each other in full Summer plummage, hordes of Tufted Ducks and most importantly..recently returned Otters..this is what I mean by recovering environment.

To think that they’re even considering an extreme energy operation in such an area shows these people up for the wrong headed ecocidal maniacs that they are.

It was a gloriously sunny Spring day and some sweet video footage was taken which will be uploaded tomorrow………..

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27th April
Woolston Eyes is at a point close to many Lancastrians/Northern folks hearts. Its where the graceful slopes of the West Pennines first come into view on the M6 Northbound. The first point where you 100% know that you’re in the North….
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The watery sight of Woolston Eyes may well also be a familiar sight to Northland travellers as the unusual slithers of surprise wetland seem suspended in mid air above the Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal….
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The iGas/Peel workings themselves are what looks like a standard set of bunds…
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And turning directly around from that shot is the old Mersey herself…
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Its an absolutely gorgeous spot flush full of wildlife. Just in a half hour stroll/filming session we recorded multiple wild fowl species including Garganey, a nest building pair of Great Crested Grebes and a whole host of chicks…
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In the following film clip you’ll notice a footpath. Thats the Mersey Way. Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve is just along the Mersey up and above the fierce bank in view…

VIDEO FOOTAGE..IGAS/PEEL SITE DOWN TO AND ALONG THE MERSEY

The beautiful altruistic and truly heroic folk on site are an inspirational set of characters, old friends from our huge victory at Barton Moss and new friends from struggles further afield. The ethos of the camp is to “do as you want” with a strong emphasis on “if you see a job, do it” but perhaps more importantly they want to put fracking on the #GE2015 agenda where so far its been completely missing.

They request the sacrifice of your finger skin cells alone in getting the word of #SaveWoolstonEyes out there….

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“Massive fracking contamination” at Barton Moss CENSORED

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When news of a court reported case of massive fracking contamination in a major English city doesn’t make the light of day in the national media you know that you’re being sold a donkey by a pack of demented donkey peddlers.

There are many other things that you will also know because of this insidious cover up. You will know that you’ve been lied to about “gold standard regulations” and that fracking is such a dangerous process that no amount of regulations will ever insure its safety. With that you will also know that the very last pillar of government nonsense has crumbled adding to the rubble of the other shattered lies about fracking such as cheap gas, reduced CO2 emissions and gazillions of jobs.

The anatomy of state media silence is particularly interesting as it is often more important to note what they don’t report on rather than what they do. The fracking site in Salford is the first in Greater Manchester and one of the first in Britain. With fracking being so patently controversial in the UK the frackers will have known that the “whole world” will have been watching them. This will have been the fracking company operating at its very best!?!

With 60% of England due to be fracked the last thing that the BBC will want to be telling the nation is that, not only is fracking highly dangerous, it’s carried out by incompetents and it’ll be contaminating a field near you soon.

Whilst this degree of state censorship and media corruption will be new to many folk, it most certainly isn’t to anybody involved with the bitter and gruelling fight against fracking in Salford as these foul people now have history.

The odious BBC smears against the mass community resistance to fracking at Barton Moss began with the mind boggling claim that a bunch of peace loving Hippies attempted to down a Police helicopter?!? an accusation for which no shred of evidence was ever produced.

Further smears continued to be pumped out throughout the Winter of 2013/14 with more scurrilous and dangerous claims that Protectors were “intimidating the locals” and “antagonising the Police” ….

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….and just to complete the circle of smear, reporting on trumped up assault charges only for them to be inevitably thrown out of court, often with Judges quite astonishingly laughing at the Police evidence.

This was by no means a single pronged smear campaign as it was also complimented by the regional BBC studio routinely peddling lies about fracking or giving studio time to a procession of stooge Professors soft soaping the process with outlandish statements attempting to downplay the industrialisation of our countryside?!

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Whilst we have linked above to a sorry tale of state nonsense the realities at Barton Moss were heartbreakingly bleak.

The shocking levels of unreported brutality unleashed upon peaceful protectors by Greater Manchester Police left countless witnesses so disturbed that many still report post traumatic shock effects to this day. Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils wrote to the GMP Police and Crime Commissioner complaining of the “brutal..and..horrendous” policing on the Moss with Solicitor Simon Pook being so appalled at the levels of Police violence and wrongful arrests that he even reported the atrocities he’d witnessed to the United Nations!?!

It wasn’t until iGas had packed up and left Salford that the true enormity of the “Gold Command” organisation that went into the smears and brutality was revealed. The Salford Star uncovered that there had been high level collusion between GMP, iGas, Peel Holdings and Salford City Council in the brutalisation of Salfordians.

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That’s a quick potted history and one worth repeating because although its a roller coaster tale of one of the biggest, most glorious battles in British social history, involving a worst Winter on record, a community coming together in the face of Police brutality, mass false arrests and human rights violations…you most likely won’t even know that it happened due to BBC censorship by regionalisation.

This is, once again, exactly what they’ll be trying to achieve regarding the censorship of the site contamination because the problem with telling lies is that once you start you become locked into an infinite loop no matter how dangerous the situation becomes.

The surreal nature of this nefarious state of affairs was reflected in the Twitter exchange below. A BBC employee chose to completely ignore the contamination aspect of a tweet with an obfuscating reference to continuing the coverage of the trial upon its resumption in June only to turn flippant when pulled up about it…
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…therefore completely side stepping any reference whatsoever to the BBC’s lack of coverage of the contamination. That’s the bizarre end product of being unable to speak honestly and freely on a certain subject but there are more sinister repercussions from a policy of censorship.

The site of the “dangerously high levels of toxic contamination” is just 75 metres from a family farmhouse, 250 metres from a Young Offenders Institute and is routinely passed by Moss families on a daily basis.
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With this in mind the most disturbing revelation from the recent court case was the fact that although evidence of contamination had been discovered “IGAS AND PEEL HOLDINGS HAD SO FAR REFUSED ACCESS” to the site?!?

This “close your eyes and hope it goes away” business methodology is being applied by the same Peel Holdings who have just announced that they are to open an entire oil & gas division and conduct fracking across the North West.

If you live in the 60% of the UK that’s subject to a PEDL and your confidence in the fracking industry was already non existent perhaps now is the time to shift your mindset from skeptical to petrified.

Author: Aphra Behn

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Vanda suffered more than most from the brutality on Barton Moss. She’s due up in court this coming Monday morning in Manchester for “assaulting a police officer”..watch this..search you tube for more videos..decide for yourself…. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kjxtrt2BGgY

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**Update..Vanda changed her plea to not guilty in order to challenge the foulness of the whole situation

**Update…after a week the story makes an obscure eco blog DeSmog Blog

**Update…following in the irony of shutting down a story of national importance just when Manchester is in the process of a revolution in indy media the magnificent Salford Star are hammering the corrupt fracking industry for the cesspit that it is!!