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The Great Gas Gala!
July 25, 2013 @ 7:00 am
Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources are trying to start drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex, next to the London to Brighton railway line, this week. They have begun moving equipment onto the site and are planning to start drilling by the weekend. The community in Balcombe is almost unanimously opposed to their village being fracked, and are hoping that they will receive support in their efforts to stop it.
While people are welcome at any time, a mass convergence has been called for Thursday. People will be gathering at the site just south of Balcombe railway station on Thursday morning (25th), from 7am onwards. While getting their early will be good, since Cuadrilla 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 Cuadrilla in their tracks.
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 an overview of the situation at Balcombe please see these articles: