Anti-fracking activists at Cuadrilla HQ
On Monday 19th August 2013, BBC News reported that 20 No Dash For Gas protesters were blockading the HQ of mining company Cuadrilla in Lichfield, Staffordshire.
It was part of a "day of action" by Reclaim the Power activists who have set up a camp in West Sussex, where the company is test drilling for oil.
The company has suspended operations during the six-day camp in Balcombe, near the site where it has been carrying out exploratory drilling for oil.
Reclaim the Power said two disabled and two able-bodied activists had used locks and glue to attach themselves to another activist's wheelchair outside the main gate of the Balcombe drill site.
About 200 other activists blocked the B2036 between Balcombe and Cuckfield.
The campaigners fear the oil drilling will be followed by fracking - or hydraulic fracturing - a technique designed to recover gas and oil from shale rock. There are concerns the process contaminates groundwater and causes earth tremors.
No Dash for Gas said there were activists inside the Lichfield building and banners were being hung on the offices, saying Reclaim the Power and Power to the People.
Six activists have also glued themselves to the central London HQ of Bell Pottinger, Cuadrilla's PR company.
Banners were also unfurled at Bell Pottinger in Holborn. The company said its office remained open and it was continuing with business as usual.
On Sunday, more than 1,000 protesters and village residents marched from Balcombe railway station to the test drilling site.
Activists spent the weekend training ahead of what they said would be 48 hours of direct action against Cuadrilla.
Cuadrilla is drilling a 3,000ft (900m) vertical well and a 2,500ft (750m) horizontal bore, at a site south of Balcombe.
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