Lawfulness of Cuadrilla’s fracking operations put into question

Submitted by brt on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 19:45

Today, three environmental activists were in court at Preston Magistrates Court following their action (1) which shut down a Cuadrilla Resources fracking (2) site beside the Ribble Estuary in Lancashire in December 2011.

The prosecution needs to demonstrate that Cuadrilla were operating lawfully and the prosecution lawyers were scrabbling to find an expert witness to support this position. Last minute phone calls by the prosecution team delayed the commencement of the trial.

Fracking on trial - again!

Submitted by brt on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:05

The safety of fracking will be challenged at Preston Magistrates Court today, as 3 people go on trial following a protest at Cuadrilla’s Hesketh Bank site, Lancashire, in December last year. (1) The trial is expected to last until Thursday.

On 1 December 2011, protestors from Bristol Rising Tide occupied the test drilling rig, shutting it down for 13 hours. (2) (3)

Welcome to our New Website

Submitted by rt1 on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 20:17

Over the last few months we have created this new site (moving over 400 stories from our previous ten year old site). It's easier to browse, has new resources and connects better with new media. We hope you like it. There may of course be a few glitches and we'd really appreciate it if you email us if you spot one. 

Statement of support for anti-fracking defendants, from Bristol Rising Tide

Submitted by brt on Tue, 07/17/2012 - 16:37

On the 2nd November 2011 the Cuadrilla Resources test drilling site at Banks in Lancashire was occupied by five protesters from Frack Off in an attempt to stop the spread of this destructive method of energy extraction to the British Isles. Subsequently, three of the protesters were charged with aggravated trespass.

Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela concert at RFH reaps what Shell sows

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 06/30/2012 - 14:49

23.6.12 - Saturday, 30 June 2012, 15:05.

Hot on the heels of their appearance at the Shell vs. Bodo case at the High Court ( activists from London Rising Tide, along with friends from Shell to Sea and Art Not Oil, staged a protest inside and outside the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 23rd June, highlighting the greenwashing of Shell's tarnished image through cultural sponsorship in their 'Shell Classic International' festival at the Southbank Centre.

Classic International concert REAPS what Shell sponsorship sows.

Shell in the dock over major oil spills in Nigeria

Submitted by rt1 on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 18:45


Shell will appear in the High Court in London today to be held accountable for its oil spills in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Over 11,000 Nigerians from Bodo town in the Ogoni region of the Delta are suing Shell over the environmental damage caused by two devastating oil spills in 2008 and 2009. Shell has admitted liability but refuses to provide adequate compensation to the many thousands of victims of the spills. The court hearing will deal with matters of civil procedure.

Spectre of Shell Reapers hangs over AGM

Submitted by rt1 on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 00:35

At today's Shell AGM link at the Barbican the suits on the Shell board were given a 3 hour grilling, with questioners focussing attention on its environmental and human rights crimes around the world. Spread throughout the auditorium, hooded London Rising Tide & friends' grim Shell reapers stood silently awaiting direction from the board toward their next appointment with Shell induced death and environmental destruction.

Take the Flour Back! Mass action against GM wheat

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 05/20/2012 - 08:09

Sunday 27th May 2012
Public day of action against the Rothamsted genetically modified wheat trial.

We need local, community-based solutions to the climate crisis. Despite being much trumpeted for some years now as an answer to climate change, no GM drought tolerant or ‘climate ready’ crops have made it to the table anywhere in the world. Nor do we think, even if ever possible, these would be a solution.