Day 24 (Sat 17th) Of Community Fracking Blockade In Balcombe Sussex
Next Day: Day 25
Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources are trying to start drilling in Balcombe, West Sussex and the community is trying to stop them. Over 250 people stopped 15 trucks bring on equipment on Day 1 (Thurs). On Day 2 more than 100 police were used to break the blockade and escort trucks onto the fracking site. On Day 3 the community continued to resist attempts to force trucks through the blockade but gave up early afternoon. On Day 4 Cudrilla did not attempt to bring any trucks onto the site. On Day 5 Cuadrilla continued to try to push trucks through the blockade and the community have continued to resist. Camp is still going strong and renewed efforts are being made to defend Balcombe. See Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No for background to issues involved. Scroll down for photos.
Update (6:30pm): So much for Cuadrilla site being shut down at moment. Police now aggressively trying to force truck through blockade. Incidentally, violating conditions of their planning permission (no trucks Sat afternoon or Sun) but who cares about details like that?
Update (12:00pm): One protector of Sussex arrested today at Balcombe blockade.
Update (10:00am): Day 24 of the community fracking blockade in Balcombe. Come down and support the fight against fracking.