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Kirby Misperton fracking rig protestors down

KM8 RIg

12:31pm 22nd October 2017
(Updated 1:36pm 22nd October 2017)

Pictures - KMPC

 
The two anti-fracking campaigners who climbed the KM8 rig are down after a police operation to remove them


They spent around 30 hours on the rig platform at Third Energy’s fracking site and were brought down by a specialist climbing team.

The 21 year old woman and the 28 year old man have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and criminal damage. They both remain in custody at this time.


Another campaigner descended mid-afternoon yesterday, after over 12 hours on the rig, where he was received by security and the police, and given a hot coffee in the police van.
He was arrested and charged with aggravated trespass, and has return to the protection camp

 

KM8 Kirby Misperton Rig occupation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday we reported

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.

 

Third Energy offered the campaigners on the rig safety harnesses and hot drinks.

 

In a statement it said:

“The company strongly condemns this reckless action that potentially has serious health and safety consequences for both the intruders and the people working on the site.

In particular, the intruders have been advised by police loud hailer of the serious risk created by open flames and sparks on a live gas site.”

 

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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