The Anti-Fracking-Acidisation Camp set up at OS 264-431 at junction of A217 north of Hookwood, west of Horley in Surrey, near the so-called Gatwick gusher where UKOG are planning to drill further with several new wells, needs your help. Currently very low indeed on people and obviously anyone can visit anytime but locals currently prefer the camp to be a monitoring station not a base for disruptive action. If you're interested in staying there please contact RisingTideUK by emailing email@example.com telling us a bit about yourself and we'll put you in touch. Horse Hill Monitoring Post page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1907665622633042/
"My home has melted!" mourned Santa from the streets of Horley!
Having been forced to abandon his waterlogged Lapland home due to climate breakdown caused by the burning of Fossil Fuels, Santa and his elves ironically stowed away in the lifeboats of a Liquid Natural Gas tanker to escape his now flooded former snowbound winter wonderland. Sleigh's were not an option as Rudolph and comrades are now merely starved carcass, after the recent 50% catastrophic decline in reindeer/caribou numbers due to the warmer climate in the arctic eradicating their food supply. Last Saturday, upon UK landfall the former seasonal folk made their way to Horley to find the Fossil Fool culprits who were responsible for his loss - UK Oil&Gas (UKOG),the lead company of HorseHillDevelopments Ltd, who are acid-fracking the nearby Horse Hill site. It was tragic to see Santa & his elves flaunting the Vagrancy Act and especially Santa who seemed to have turned to the drink.
Climate activists BristolRisingTide hung a nine-metre banner from the atrium of the Environment Agency in Bristol in a protest against fracking. The 50-strong group accused the regulator of facilitating fracking by granting environmental permits to shale gas companies. The Environment Agency’s offices had been open for the Bristol Open Doors Day, an event offering free tours of the city’s landmark buildings. Laurie Underwood, from the group, said:-
“On the one hand, the Environment Agency is preparing the country for adapting to the impacts of climate change but on the other, it is dishing out permits for onshore oil and gas drilling which will exacerbate the climate crisis....we call on the Environment Agency and its workers to take a tougher stance against a reckless fracking industry which threatens our air quality, our water quality and our climate.”.
The group pointed out that the Forestry Commission, another agency which comes under the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, decided recently not to renew the lease on an exploratory drilling site near Leith Hill in Surrey. The decision was based on the risk of damage to nearby ancient woodland. Laurie Underwood called on the Environment Agency to be:-
“more pro-active in speaking out against the environmental impacts of new, unwanted fossil fuel extraction.....they should follow the Forestry Commission’s lead and tell the government that licensing fracking isn’t compatible with its environmental mission. Stop the fracking permits. Stop approving climate change.”.
Over 70 cyclists completed 3 seperate "tours" of the Acidification Fracking sites at Brockham, Leith Hill, Balcombe and Horse Hill, all starting at Meadowbank Park, Dorking at 10.30am, joined by friends and supporters in a highly organised event with food and speaker stops culminating in an after-party at the Leith Hill Protectors Camp.
A film of the day is now available at https://www.facebook.com/SoapboxEN/videos/1618086074984087/ . As you know RisingTideUK do not advocate the use of Facebook so get off as soon as you've watched it! ;-p. RisingTide's contingent were joined by among others our friends from Biofuelwatch who also took some footage which you can find here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRxT39Y6aZY - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3A49nhkaQA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV3YG81y4cY . Rumours of a return Tour next year are surfacing.
We would love you to join us for:-
LE TOUR-DE-FRACK - a day of Anti-fracking activist & family-friendly cycle rides in Surrey & W.Sussex
When: Assemble from 9.30am for 10am, Saturday 23rd June. https://www.facebook.com/events/1629452990496106/
What: 3 levels of cycle "Tours" around South-East Oil & Gas Drilling Sites.
Where: Dorking Meadowbank Community Park - with info,refreshments,face painting,badge-making and to send off the cyclists.
Who: You. plus your bike if you're cycling! Please bring food & drink. Wear appropriate clothing and bring your antifrackers style!
How: Trains to Dorking from London Waterloo and Victoria, Brighton and elsewhere, then on yer bike or head to the Leith Hill Protection Camp or one of the other stops.
Register for a ride by signing-up at Eventbrite https://tinyurl.com/y74t75b4
UNFORTUNATELY TOMORROW'S EVENT (FRIDAY 2nd MARCH) HAS BEEN POSTPONED
due to adverse weather conditions and transport unreliabilities, but, if you are in the vicinity of Leith Hill Camp you are welcome to drop in, especially if carrying firewood and food!
https://leithhillprotectioncamp.co.uk/ Please try and come next time which is:-
When: 11am-6pm-ish, Sunday 25th March.
What: South-East Anti-Fracking Site "Tour".
Where: Meet outside Dorking Station at Antifrackers banner.
Who: You! Please bring food & flask. Wear warm waterproof clothing with stout footwear (its muddy!).
How: Trains from London Waterloo and Victoria. Pick-up to Leith Hill , Horse Hill, Brockham, Balcombe and Broadford Bridge.
Or email NILS.RESPONSE@RISEUP.NET if you hate data harvesters ;-p.
Along with the usual Leith Hill Protection Camp Solidarity Saturday, there's a chance there could be a Public Meeting on the 24th. Maybe make a weekend of it and camp overnight at Coldharbour?
Following the successful RisingTide/RtP Gathering we're endeavouring to help activists & residents near local sites to see how best we can support local communities in opposing the fracking threat in the South-East, throughout 2018 and beyond (look out for a Tour-de-Frack too). We'll visit Leith Hill Protection Camp and there may be work going on at some of the sites at the time, with a chance for optional "investigations". Any logistical problems on the day 'phone 07549-018610. If you can help with transport please let us know.
Hi South-East Anti-Frackers!
We really hope someone from your Group will be able to make it on the 27th January to:-
What: South-East Anti-Fracking meeting
Where: LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 1ES
When: 10am-5pm, Saturday, 27th January (please bring your own lunch/food to share)
Who: RSVP TO NILS.RESPONSE@RISEUP.NET AS SPACE IS LIMITED
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.