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Campaigners occupy Kirby Misperton rig

KM8 Kirby Misperton Rig occupation

11:52am 21st October 2017
(Updated 12:03pm 22nd October 2017)

Picture - KMPC

Three people entered the Kirby Misperton well pad and scaled the work-over rig on the fracking site last night.

Yesterday Third Energy announced that fracking would begin very soon at the site. 

The three say they plan to remain for as long as possible.

 

North Yorkshire Police say they were called at around 3am by site security at Kirby Misperton, to a report that three protestors had gained access to the hydraulic fracturing site.

Two men and a woman climbed onto a platform 60ft up a rig inside the site and have remained there since.

Once again, emergency services resources will have to be deployed to deal with this situation.

They added that they felt they had endeavoured to work with people on all sides of the issue, and their approach has been to ask them to work to make this a safe and peaceful protest.

However, the police statement continues, when it turns from peaceful protest to deliberate acts that are unlawful, cause unreasonable disruption to others or are dangerous then we need to take action.

Our immediate concern is the safety and welfare of the protesters. Officers are on site assessing the situation.

If the safety of those on the rig is put at risk then we will take appropriate action to bring the protest to safe conclusion.

 

The protestors issued a statement too

“We took this action because we feel compelled to make a strong and visible stand against this industry which threatens so much for all of us and future generations; drinkable water, clean air and the very stability of the land beneath our feet are in danger.

Fracking only benefits a few at the expense of the many. We want to inspire others and demonstrate the power we have when we take a stand.

"Our community has fought fracking within the planning and legal systems for years, and continues to do so whilst our evidence and testimony is thoroughly disregarded.

The company currently has permission to work 24 hours a day 7 days a week, so this weekend's action has effectively closed them down.

"The fracking of our communities is not acceptable to us, and this industry provides no answer to the serious problem of energy security in times of a climate emergency.

Whilst we fight for a sustainable approach to our national resources, we are taking responsibility for their protection."

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