IGas next in line to experience public outrage

by Philip Carr-Gomm

Location: Barton Moss Road (off A57), Salford, Greater Manchester M30 7RQ
Time/Date: ASAP (but help especially needed all through Christmas period)
Website: http://northerngasgala.org.uk

Please tell everyone you know (especially in northwest) and forward this e-mail

Fracking company IGas Energy are trying to start drilling in Barton Moss, Salford, Greater Manchester, on farmland next to the M62 motorway, this coming week. They have begun moving equipment onto the site and are planning to start drilling soon. The community in the area is opposed to their region being fracked, and are hoping that they will receive support in their efforts to stop it.

A camp has been constructed outside the fracking site and people have been resisting fracking trucks for the last 3 weeks. More help is definitely needed over the next few days though, as IGas tries to get the drilling rig on site. Get down to Barton Moss Road, off the A57, as soon as you can. While getting there as soon as possible would be great, the rig consists of dozens of lorry loads of equipment, so IGas needs to be getting in around 10 HGVs a day for the next few days to begin drilling.

See http://northerngasgala.org.uk for more details and directions to the site
etc. Please bring essentials such as food, water, and warm/waterproof
clothing. Friends, banners, instruments, popup tents, etc. would be useful or
check out the camp wish list. Try to avoid bringing alcohol, drugs, anything
which could be construed as a weapon, glass etc.

IGas are one of the 3 major fracking companies in the UK at present (along
with Cuadrilla Resources and Dart Energy). They have been attempting to
develop coal bed methane (CBM) in the area for some time (the extraction
process that has already devastated Queensland in Australia) but are
now also getting interested in Shale Gas as well. The exploration well they
want to drill at Barton Moss is intended to pass through the both the coal
seams and the deeper Bowland Shale. This could be just the beginning of a
tidal wave of destruction with thousands of fracked wells coating the area.

For an overview of the situation at Barton Moss please see these articles:

* Fracking Manchester: IGas Threatens Barton Moss
* Fracking Threat In The North West