“Police and judges should take a firm line with anti-fracking protests against shale gas suppliers” – union


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The pro-fracking GMB union said today it had written to political leaders urging them to make sure the police and judiciary took “a firm line” with protesters that targeted shale gas suppliers.

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Guest post by Russell Scott: Are bonds for shale gas sites worth the paper they’re written on?


proposed-springs-road-misson-shale-site-aerial-picture IGas’s shale gas site at Springs Road, Misson, a former Cold War missile base

As councillors in Nottinghamshire prepare to consider a financial guarantee for what could be county’s second shale gas site, researcher and anti-fracking campaigner, Russell Scott, asks can bonds protect communities and do they risk setting a dangerous precedent?

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Cold War Bunker, James Herriot’s Holiday Home, Battle of the Crabs, The Train Tunnel to Nowhere.


Post 129: 11 March 2017 Cleveland Circles 20. 

The forecast was for rain arriving at 1pm and so with an hours drive to the start of our 9 mile walk we decided to leave at 7.ooam. Donning our boots at the car park can you guess which boots belong to Sid the Yorkshireman? Not only do his boots leak they are never cleaned properly, the treads wouldn’t pass an MOT and he insists they will not be replaced until walk 30 of this walk. To say he doesn’t like spending money is an understatement!


Little did we expect on arriving at Goldsborough at just after 8.00am we would see the remains of a Cold War underground bunker. The guard house was badly damaged by fire in 2007.

The mound behind the guard house holds a two storey ROTOR R2 bunker built in 1951, and destroyed by fire in 1958.


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Anti-fracking campaigners gather at court for challenge against government on shale gas consent


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Opponents of Cuadrilla’s fracking plans near Blackpool have gathered outside the High Court in Manchester for a challenge against the Communities’ Secretary, Sajid Javid.

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Campaigners take minister to court over consent for Lancashire fracking plans


Preston New Road 10 March 2017 Frack Free Creators Knitting Nannas of Lancashire Preston New Road shale gas site. Photo: Frack Free Creators Knitting Nannas of Lancashire

Opponents of plans to frack in Lancashire will be at the High Court in Manchester on Wednesday to challenge the approval of planning permission for Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.

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What Notts planners said about IGas’s shale gas scheme at Tinker Lane?


Tinker Lane surroundings Source: Nottinghamshire County Council

Planners have recommended approval of shale gas plans at Tinker Lane in north Nottinghamshire, subject to a legal agreement and 52 conditions.

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