Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate in Bolton town centre

Back, from left, anti-fracking protesters Simon Mortimer, Alex Brocklehurst, Saffron Ali, Adam Marshall and Darren Tickle. Front, Sally Bowman and Frank Murphy

Anti-fracking protesters in Bolton town centre

Anti-fracking protesters in Bolton town centre

First published in News

DOZENS of campaigners took to the streets to alert the public to the “catastrophic dangers” they say fracking could cause.

Bolton Against Fracking (BAF) joined activists from Friends of the Earth and the Green Party to protest against the controversial shale gas drilling method.

The campaigners claim areas of Bolton could be prime targets for future fracking sites.

Protesters gathered under the statue of Fred Dibnah in Bolton town centre on Saturday to hand out fliers to passers by.

Organiser Darren Tickle, from the Bolton Against Fracking group, said the public are not being given the full picture from the government.

Mr Tickle, from Westhoughton, added: “The only people who say it is safe are the people with money at stake.”

Protesters said the risks of fracking included pollution of water, and dangerous environmental impacts such as tremors.

Bolton Friends of the Earth group wants residents to sign postcards urging the council to commit to rejecting all fracking site applications — something Manchester City Council has already agreed to.

Elizabeth Shepherd, from Great Lever, said once 100 signatures have been received these will be delivered to Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council.

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2:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Gore Seer says...

I Got Caught In Town With These Protester, Well I Preach To Them, One Person Said I Would Make A Good Activist, For Them, But He Had Never Herd Of The Pendle Fault Which Causes Hearth Quakes In Our Region, I Told Them That They Are All On A Hit List And Are Being Watched By Big Daddy.
I Got Caught In Town With These Protester, Well I Preach To Them, One Person Said I Would Make A Good Activist, For Them, But He Had Never Herd Of The Pendle Fault Which Causes Hearth Quakes In Our Region, I Told Them That They Are All On A Hit List And Are Being Watched By Big Daddy. Gore Seer
  • Score: -18

3:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Bob Shaftoe says...

Wow! What a massive turnout, these anti-gas greenies are really on top of their game. Straight from Barton Moss by the look of 'em. By the way, Igas has finished drilling there now folks, where next? Jobcentre+?
Wow! What a massive turnout, these anti-gas greenies are really on top of their game. Straight from Barton Moss by the look of 'em. By the way, Igas has finished drilling there now folks, where next? Jobcentre+? Bob Shaftoe
  • Score: -16

4:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

How many of these protesters are actually UKIP supporters as well? And if they are, do they not realise that UKIP support the shale gas extraction (aka fracking)?
How many of these protesters are actually UKIP supporters as well? And if they are, do they not realise that UKIP support the shale gas extraction (aka fracking)? BWFC71
  • Score: -18

7:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

dressit says...

Bob Shaftoe wrote:
Wow! What a massive turnout, these anti-gas greenies are really on top of their game. Straight from Barton Moss by the look of 'em. By the way, Igas has finished drilling there now folks, where next? Jobcentre+?
Bit of a fail there...........almo
st all of the people on this picture are employed or own their own businesses......pay taxes, national insurance, pensions...ect ect ect.......get over yourself if you think all activists are dole spongers dope smoking drop outs...............y
our getting them confused with the real Jobcentre + gang......
[quote][p][bold]Bob Shaftoe[/bold] wrote: Wow! What a massive turnout, these anti-gas greenies are really on top of their game. Straight from Barton Moss by the look of 'em. By the way, Igas has finished drilling there now folks, where next? Jobcentre+?[/p][/quote]Bit of a fail there...........almo st all of the people on this picture are employed or own their own businesses......pay taxes, national insurance, pensions...ect ect ect.......get over yourself if you think all activists are dole spongers dope smoking drop outs...............y our getting them confused with the real Jobcentre + gang...... dressit
  • Score: 11

9:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

MissSpock says...

Bob Shaftoe wrote:
Wow! What a massive turnout, these anti-gas greenies are really on top of their game. Straight from Barton Moss by the look of 'em. By the way, Igas has finished drilling there now folks, where next? Jobcentre+?
These so called 'anti-gas greenies' are fighting for your rights too. Should fracking come to your area, you'll more than likely find that when you come to renew your home insurance policy, it will be declined. It appears insurance companies are also aware of the dangers of fracking, unlike yourself 'Mr Shaftoe.'
The only people who will benefit from the extraction of shale gas are the gas companies and their shareholders of which there are quite a number in parliament, hence the reason the government are having to bribe councils to accept fracking. The World Development Movement found that a third of British government ministers had direct links to fossil fuel corporations and the banks that finance them.

As for the 100k that gas companies are offering communities in order to sway public opinion, do you really believe that local communities will benefit? Not on your Nellie! Forget cheap gas too because the oil/gas companies have admitted that prices are unlikely to drop.
Anti fracking is happening worldwide and just like Barton Moss, protestors/protector
s are being beaten and abused mercilessly by the police, no doubt by order of their corrupt governments.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Shaftoe[/bold] wrote: Wow! What a massive turnout, these anti-gas greenies are really on top of their game. Straight from Barton Moss by the look of 'em. By the way, Igas has finished drilling there now folks, where next? Jobcentre+?[/p][/quote]These so called 'anti-gas greenies' are fighting for your rights too. Should fracking come to your area, you'll more than likely find that when you come to renew your home insurance policy, it will be declined. It appears insurance companies are also aware of the dangers of fracking, unlike yourself 'Mr Shaftoe.' The only people who will benefit from the extraction of shale gas are the gas companies and their shareholders of which there are quite a number in parliament, hence the reason the government are having to bribe councils to accept fracking. The World Development Movement found that a third of British government ministers had direct links to fossil fuel corporations and the banks that finance them. As for the 100k that gas companies are offering communities in order to sway public opinion, do you really believe that local communities will benefit? Not on your Nellie! Forget cheap gas too because the oil/gas companies have admitted that prices are unlikely to drop. Anti fracking is happening worldwide and just like Barton Moss, protestors/protector s are being beaten and abused mercilessly by the police, no doubt by order of their corrupt governments. MissSpock
  • Score: 9

5:46pm Tue 1 Apr 14

steveG says...

Fracking is the future,most people realise that.
Fracking is the future,most people realise that. steveG
  • Score: -1

5:58pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

steveG wrote:
Fracking is the future,most people realise that.
Blimey Id Better Get My Self A Tin Hat.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Fracking is the future,most people realise that.[/p][/quote]Blimey Id Better Get My Self A Tin Hat. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

10:30am Wed 2 Apr 14

Andy Sneddon says...

Fracking is only the future for those with a financial stake and zero regard for the people it will affect.

Stop believing the mainstream media and do some proper research. Look at the damage and pollution it has caused in the States. Look at the concentration of drilling proposed for the NW.

We should be investing our time and efforts into renewables, but there's no control element and rampant exploitation of the masses to be had from an infinite source of power (solar/wind/tidal etc), so those in control don't promote it.
Fracking is only the future for those with a financial stake and zero regard for the people it will affect. Stop believing the mainstream media and do some proper research. Look at the damage and pollution it has caused in the States. Look at the concentration of drilling proposed for the NW. We should be investing our time and efforts into renewables, but there's no control element and rampant exploitation of the masses to be had from an infinite source of power (solar/wind/tidal etc), so those in control don't promote it. Andy Sneddon
  • Score: 1

10:44am Wed 2 Apr 14

jdillinger says...

The comments on here disgust me . Obviously you are oblivious to the facts if you think fracking is in any way a good idea. Instead of just blindly following the line from the beeb, and corrupt think tanks ( financed by the people who want fracking ) you should research the matter yourself - those of you that are literate that is.

The effects are horrifying. They say that this can be regulated ? Well how do you regulate an earthquake ? Or polluted water ?

Just look at what this has done in the USA and the effects of the so called "fracking boom". The states that have widely adopted this all have major issues with there air and water - http://rt.com/usa/fr
acking-chemicals-fou
nd-well-water-243/ , http://rt.com/usa/ok
lahoma-earthquakes-f
racking-wells-826/. Do you want to have to pay to install and expensive water storage system in the place of your free clean water ?

The price of Gas will not be affected as we do not have our own trading platform like the USA so the abundance of our gas will do little but make profits for shareholders and the fracking companies.

Fracking is not the way forward , it is two steps back when we should be using smarter energy solutions that don't jeopardize the things we need to live.
The comments on here disgust me . Obviously you are oblivious to the facts if you think fracking is in any way a good idea. Instead of just blindly following the line from the beeb, and corrupt think tanks ( financed by the people who want fracking ) you should research the matter yourself - those of you that are literate that is. The effects are horrifying. They say that this can be regulated ? Well how do you regulate an earthquake ? Or polluted water ? Just look at what this has done in the USA and the effects of the so called "fracking boom". The states that have widely adopted this all have major issues with there air and water - http://rt.com/usa/fr acking-chemicals-fou nd-well-water-243/ , http://rt.com/usa/ok lahoma-earthquakes-f racking-wells-826/. Do you want to have to pay to install and expensive water storage system in the place of your free clean water ? The price of Gas will not be affected as we do not have our own trading platform like the USA so the abundance of our gas will do little but make profits for shareholders and the fracking companies. Fracking is not the way forward , it is two steps back when we should be using smarter energy solutions that don't jeopardize the things we need to live. jdillinger
  • Score: 1

11:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

ninjamonkey82 says...

Google 'list of the harmed' and watch gasland.
Tell me what a great idea it is then, there's no going back from this.
Google 'list of the harmed' and watch gasland. Tell me what a great idea it is then, there's no going back from this. ninjamonkey82
  • Score: 0

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