Call out for the Northern Great Gas Gala!
Event: Northern Great Gas Gala!
Location: Barton Moss Road (off A57), Salford, Greater Manchester M30 7RQ
Time: From 9am onwards
Date: Weds 27th Nov
Mass convergence called for tomorrow (Weds 27th) to fight fracking in
Fracking company IGas Energy are trying to start drilling in Barton Moss,
Salford, Greater Manchester, on farmland next to the M62 motorway, this
week. They have begun moving equipment onto the site and are planning to
start drilling soon. The community in the area is opposed to their region
being fracked, and are hoping that they will receive support in their
efforts to stop it.
People will be gathering at the site on Barton Moss Road, off the A57, on
tomorrow morning (27th), from 9am onwards. While getting their early will
be good, since IGas are likely to be trying to bring more equipment onto
the site, there will be stuff happening throughout the day. The event is
planned to be a community-led carnival of anti-fracking revelry, with a
very serious purpose, to stop IGas in their tracks.
See http://northerngasgala.org.uk for more details and directions to the site
etc. Please bring essentials such as food, water, and appropriate
clothing. Picnics, cakes, tea-making facilities, friends,
banners, games, music, instruments, knitting, 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,
IGas are one of the 3 major fracking companies in the UK at present (along
with Cuadrilla Resources and Dart Energy). They have been attempting to
develop coal bed methane (CBM) in the area for some time (the extraction
process that has already devastated Queensland in Australia) but are
now also getting interested in Shale Gas as well. The exploration well they
want to drill at Barton Moss is intended to pass through the both the coal
seams and the deeper Bowland Shale. This could be just the beginning of a
tidal wave of destruction with thousands of fracked wells coating the area.
For an overview of the situation at Barton Moss please see these articles:
* Fracking Manchester: IGas Threatens Barton Moss
* Fracking Threat In The North West