UK High Court: Anti-Fracking Campaigners Face Jail

  • Date: 10/08/17
  • Winsford Guardian

Would-be protesters could be imprisoned or fined if they cause obstructions, are found slow walking or attaching themselves to vehicles or objects, cause any criminal damage or theft.

The company which holds a fracking licence for Winsford has taken out a High Court injunction in a bid to stop protesters at its sites.

INEOS, which was awarded a licence to frack on land between Kelsall and Wimboldsley in December 2015, gained an interim injunction last week to prevent obstruction or interference in its activities.

It means that would-be protesters could be imprisoned or fined if they cause obstructions, are found slow walking or attaching themselves to vehicles or objects, cause any criminal damage or theft, or interfere with companies working with INEOS, such as suppliers.

The firm, which also holds fracking licences covering Northwich and Knutsford, claims that the injunction should maintain peace.

But anti-fracking campaigners fear the state is becoming more complicit in facilitating fracking – and that the injunction goes against the human right to peaceful protest.

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