This morning fifty pro-renewables campaigners delivered a 17 metre, 1.5 tonne wind turbine blade as “Christmas gift” for fracking company IGas.
Six of us have had our sentences quashed for shutting down EDF’s gas power station last year!
28 DAYS LATER
On 28 September Cuadrilla’s fracking licence for Balcombe expires. They will apply for an extension.
If an extension is refused, it could be decisive in stopping fracking in the UK for good.
WE MUST STOP THEM!
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Getting to Balcombe Frack Camp
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Reclaim the Power might be over, but the Balcombe Frack Camp is still going strong. And they’d love your support. To get there:
- Get a train to Balcombe (Direct from London Bridge, Victoria and Brighton)
- Come out of the station and walk 5 minutes down London Road. You can’t miss it!
RECLAIM THE POWER CAMP: 16 – 21 AUGUST
We are facing a climate crisis, economic crisis and social crisis. We want a clean and fair future where people come before profit. That’s why we spent six days in Balcombe, West Sussex to Reclaim the Power! Though our camp is over, the ongoing local resistance camp is still there, please head down to support them if you can.
Why we got together to Reclaim the Power
We share the serious concerns of the Balcombe community about the environmental and social impacts of fossil fuel extraction in their area. Balcombe is a test case for the fracking industry and if successfully pushed through there, we could see two thirds of the UK covered by fracking rigs.
Fracking is part of the wider Dash for Gas which includes the construction of up to 40 new Gas fired power stations. This agenda will crash our climate targets, increase fuel poverty and keep our future energy dangerously concentrated in the hands of unaccountable corporations.
Climate crisisThe UK is one of the dirtiest countries on the planet – we need to reduce our carbon emissions by 90% in 20 years if we are to stop climate change.
Economic crisisSince 2007, our economic system has lurched from recession, to depression to slump, countries have imploded, people are starving while the 1 per cent gets even richer.
Social crisisSavage cuts to our welfare system, fuel poverty and a lack of decent jobs are tearing apart our social fabric.
Climate and economic justice groups came together to connect the dots and challenge the undemocratic, unjust and unsustainable system to build a new movement for positive change. Check out some of the groups involved at the bottom of this page…
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Why we must stop the dash for gas
In December last year, the Government announced plans to approve the building of 30 new gas-fired power stations. Despite overwhelming evidence that we’re rapidly heading towards catastrophic climate change, these plans rip up the Government’s own legally binding commitments to reduce carbon emissions; they will actually make us even more dependent on fossil fuels in 2030 than we are now. Find out more›
Gas isn't greenGas is a fossil fuel; when it burns it releases carbon, just like oil and coal. These new power stations will be allowed to emit nine times the carbon limit recommended by the Government’s own Committee on Climate Change.
Gas isn't cheapThe cost of gas has increased household bills by 90% in 5 years. To meet the energy challenge that we face, we need the interests of ordinary people and the environment to drive the decisions, instead of allowing greedy fat cats and shareholders to call the shots.
Gas isn't fairSoaring energy bills are forcing millions of people into fuel poverty in austerity Britain. Meanwhile, the Big Six energy companies are currently under investigation for rigging gas prices to fraudulently boost their profits.
The No Dash for Gas story
View Reclaim the Power - Balcombe in a larger map] Reclaim the Power joined the anti-fracking protests in Balcombe, West Sussex. The decision to move from West Burton was in response to the call for support from the community in Balcombe, a community on the front lines of the dash for gas.
To find out more about how to get to Balcombe and the events of recent weeks visit the Great Gas Gala website.
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