hThe traditional Russian-funded “Lodans” was how Jacob Rees-Mogg, in Parliament yesterday, Description of the population concerned Hydraulic fracturing opposition in England. What a slap in the face for those of us who have spent more than a decade trying to protect our communities from the dangerous and polluting shale gas industry. We have never received so much ruble or vodka for our efforts.
Here in Lancashire, we thought we had won this fight – twice. Our first win was in 2015, when Lancashire County Council Rejected planning requests of the Cuadrilla fracking company for two large sites between Preston and Blackpool. That decision was overturned by Westminster in 2016, and work began in 2017 to convert the Preston New Road site from a field where cows graze into a shale gas site. Nanas against crackinga group I co-founded, started the protest at the site that day as well, lasting for more than 1,000 days.
Our second short-lived victory came in November 2019, when the government had to stop fracking and stop fracking operations, because the business had launched 2.9 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale. Even if it was possible“observer“Earthquakes, which are one of the most immediate dangers of fracking, the government had to confront with the fact that you cannot control them. The endowment brought some relief to locals and activists; although, of course, we wanted an outright ban in order to finally draw a line. Under this and feeling comfortable again.
government decision raise the endowment Yesterday he sent shockwaves through our community. As Nana to combat hydraulic fracturing, I know how much time and energy it takes to take on a hugely funded industry, while the government is serving as its leaders and the police are used as a trust at the fracking sites. My fellow anti-cracker Nanas is angry and confused, as if we’ve been here before. In addition to earthquakes, we are burdened with other concerns, such as home insurance Premiums will increase, as they did for people who live close to shale gas fracking sites in the United States. Will we see, like some of them, higher cases of childhood leukemia? What about issues with maternal health – for example, an increased stillbirth rate, of which there are some Guide in Utah? What are the effects of waste and methane emitted from fracking? Has the value of our property really gone down?
Watching this gross failure of democracy can feel despair. I remember an old man in Balcombe 2013 He looks out of the window of a tea shop in the village where the demonstrators have become. He said he believed that working, paying taxes, not breaking the law, raising his family, and owning his home meant he was part of a democratic society, and that he could contact the government if he felt endangered. But his deputy – Francis Mudd, who appointed Lord Brown, President of Quadrilla, as the government’s first business adviser – did little to help. The man, upon seeing our protest, said he was relieved. He was concerned about the impact of fracking on the health and well-being of the people living in Balcombe, and that we were the only ones who heeded his call.
So, if you want to combat hydraulic fracturing in your town, community organizing is the place to start. At its peak, the UK anti-fracking movement was made up of 300 independent groups across the country. In addition to physical protest, we put pressure on our local deputies, informed council members, held public meetings, contested planning, researched and networked, and publicized our message in the media. We have ensured that everyone has a role in this movement, regardless of age, ability, background or location.
There is a place for nonviolent direct action as well. Helps bring joy to the activity. If you want to organize a 1,000-day protest like ours, you have to devise ways to motivate each other – such as acknowledging the victories that must be achieved before the primary goal can be reached. We watched the share prices of Australian company AJ Lucas (Cuadrilla’s parent company), and celebrated its downfall after delays and bad press caused by our activities at its site. We rejoiced at every new face who joined the movement (and those who came back and became familiar faces). We danced, sang and shared food.
The hardest thing about the activity is getting into it. Who would rationally choose to live in the face of a more powerful force? To arrive on purpose every day with the acceptance that arrest, violence, and abuse are certain? We used to give public conversations to communities at risk of cracking, and the talk was called the unwelcome gift of truth. I hated informing the inhabitants of what was to come, for I knew that the great majority would find it impossible to ignore the dangers their families might face; They, too, will fall through the door marked “Activity” and, perhaps, like me, will not be able to find the way out. How do you “not know” the facts? How can anyone stand aside and trust that the government or its toothless regulators will keep us safe from this industry?
Yesterday, my fellow firecracker, Angie Mosher, told me: “Although the government has removed nearly every right to protest, I will continue to stand in peace to do everything in my power to slow and stop this industry before irreparable damage occurs.” I will do the thing. Same, I hope you do too.