Fracking campaign update from Barton Moss
Community action against test drilling in Salford.
Although the storm of 5th December destroyed the new compost loo, the campers at Barton Moss continue to fight IGas's coal bed methane exploration. Image from northerngasgala.org.uk.
"There's locals who give us food and wood. There's people here from Balcombe. The support is amazing. The more we push IGas, the more cost to them; it'll make it less financially viable to drill.”
Adam is from Tameside and is enthusiastic about fighting unconventional gas development. He was one of the first few to camp out on Barton Moss Lane in Salford. The camp have now set up tents along Barton Moss lane in order to block drilling equipment that will be used to test for coal bed methane gas.
The camp began as the Northern Gas Gala on 27th November and at the time of writing is continuing. Trade Unions and locals from the area have called for a solidarity rally this Sunday 8th December.
It was reported in the Manchester Evening News that other areas of Greater Manchester may well be subject to test well drilling in 2014.
Frack Off, the national campaign group, have published a map of potential areas around the UK that may be test drilled for either shale gas or coalbed methane.
Key concerns about the push for unconventional energy sources from techniques such as fracking are: damage to the health of the local community detrimental effects on local ecology and water courses, and the contribution to runaway climate change. The New Internationalist recently reported on the wider implications for the planet, critiquing the industries involved and the environmentally damaging techniques employed.