Frack Free Somerset in Solidarity with Balcombe Blockaders

Tomorrow is day three of a community blockade of Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources’ drilling attempt in the West Sussex village of Balcombe. Over 250 people stopped 15 trucks bring on equipment yesterday.

Members of Frack Free Somerset have joined the blockade and are keen to support people to get to the site from Somerset and the South West, and are able to help with travel costs where needed.

Ideally in car shares for the numbers but we can also support with public transport costs too. Please email info@frackfreesomerset.org ASAP if you need financial support to get to the site.

If you can’t make it down, why not donate to support others to? Find how to here: http://www.frackfreesomerset.org/what-you-can-do/donate/

For the latest updates, links to background info and pictures visit: http://frack-off.org.uk/latest-news-from-great-gas-gala-day-2/

**** Latest Balcombe News Below ****

Event: The Great Gas Gala! – Day 3
Location: Lower Stumble, Balcombe, West Sussex
Time: As early as you can get there
Date: Sat 27th

As Day 2 of the Great Gas Gala winds down it’s looking like Balcombe 1 – Cuadrilla 1 with all to play for. The main difference between the opponents being that the people of Balcombe are fighting for their health and environment while Cuadrilla is trying to make a quick buck out of destroying other people’s communities. Yesterday more than 250 people stopped Cuadrilla bringing any equipment onto the site. Today more than 90 police waded in to break up the blockade by force and escort trucks onto the site.

The camp outside the site is still going strong though, with people refusing to be intimidated by this police thuggery. People are staying overnight but more support is needed. Car-loads of people arriving from all over UK. Come down for the night and weekend! Come now if you can but if not tomorrow morning as early as you can. Day 3 (Sat) is shaping up to be the biggest yet in the fight to keep fracking out of Sussex. Battle for Balcombe far from over!

Cuadrilla need to bring dozens more trucks on to the site to set up their rig over the next few days and then keep it supplied while they drill. They had been planning to start drilling by Saturday and have already been significantly delayed. Drilling would take at least 6 weeks and their temporary planning permission runs out in September, so they are.

Coming from Brighton? Jump on the FREE Frack Off bus at 9am tomorrow (Sat)
morning at Old Steine bus stop (near RBS).

See http://greatgasgala.org.uk/ for more details and directions to the site etc. Please bring essentials such as food, water, and appropriate clothing/sun protection. Picnics, cakes, tea-making facilities, friends, banners, games, music, instruments, knitting (yellow and black – gasfield free community colours!), blankets, chairs, tables, gazebos, small tents, plastic cutlery/plates. You get the picture. Try to avoid bringing alcohol, drugs, anything which could be construed as a weapon, glass etc.

Cuadrilla, who are mired in planning issues in Lancashire where their first test well triggered an earthquake, are seeking to open a second front in Sussex. Cuadrilla’s planned test well at Balcombe would be just the beginning of a tidal wave of destruction, sweeping across the South East. The licence blocks held by Cuadrilla and Celtique Energie in Sussex could see thousands of wells drilled and fracked, plus associated pipelines, compressor stations and processing plants.

For updates on what happened already see:

* Updates From Great Gas Gala – Day 2
(http://frack-off.org.uk/latest-news-from-great-gas-gala-day-2/)
* Updates From Great Gas Gala – Day 1
(http://frack-off.org.uk/latest-news-from-the-great-gas-gala/)

For an overview of the situation at Balcombe please see these articles:

* Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No
(http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-in-balcombe-a-community-says-no/)
* Fracking Sussex: The Threat Of Shale Oil & Gas
(http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-sussex-the-threat-of-shale-oil-gas/)

Posted on: July 26, 2013