Day 54 (Mon 16th) Of Community Fracking Blockade In Balcombe Sussex
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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 (12:30pm): Case adjourned to 8th October with costs provisionally awarded against West Sussex County Council, whose case was deeply flawed and did not address any the mains issues like right to protest.
Update (10am): The Community Protection Camp in Balcombe is in High Court in London today. West Sussex County Council are seeking a possession order for the grass verges where the camp in order to help Cuadrilla try to disrupt the blockade.
Update (9am): Day 54 of the community fracking blockade in Balcombe. Come down and support the fight against fracking.