Urgent Call Out: IGas Trying To Start Drilling Barton Moss Fracking Site

They have begun moving equipment onto the site and are planning to start drilling soon. The community in the area is opposed to their region being fracked, and are hoping that they will receive support in their efforts to stop it.


A camp has been constructed outside the fracking site and people have been resisting fracking trucks for the last 3 weeks. More help is definitely needed over the next few days though, as IGas tries to get the drilling rig on site. Get down to Barton Moss Road, off the A57, as soon as you can. While getting there as soon as possible would be great, the rig consists of dozens of lorry loads of equipment, so IGas needs to be getting in around 10 HGVs a day for the next few days to begin drilling.


See http://northerngasgala.org.uk for more details and directions to the site

etc. Please bring essentials such as food, water, and warm/waterproof

clothing. Friends, banners, instruments, popup tents, etc. would be useful or 

check out the camp wish list. Try to avoid bringing alcohol, drugs, anything 

which could be construed as a weapon, glass etc.


IGas are one of the 3 major fracking companies in the UK at present (along

with Cuadrilla Resources and Dart Energy). They have been attempting to

develop coal bed methane (CBM) in the area for some time (the extraction

process that has already devastated Queensland in Australia) but are

now also getting interested in Shale Gas as well. The exploration well they

want to drill at Barton Moss is intended to pass through the both the coal

seams and the deeper Bowland Shale. This could be just the beginning of a

tidal wave of destruction with thousands of fracked wells coating the area.


For an overview of the situation at Barton Moss please see these articles:


* Fracking Manchester: IGas Threatens Barton Moss


* Fracking Threat In The North West






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