Over 200 people converged today on the site of Dart Energy's exploratory drilling for coal bed methane (CBM)at Kingsmarsh near the village of Farndon on the English/Welsh border. Some have stayed (see camp requirements below). As well as locals from Farndon and neighbouring villages, people came from all over including Wrexham, Chester, Deeside, Wirral, Liverpool, Fylde and a large contingent from Manchester and the Barton Moss Protection Camp where a stay of eviction pending an appeal hearing has just been secured until at least 26 March. More on the Farndon site here and here.
These first photos show a few of us converging on the verge on our way to the event, billed as Fight the Frack, and doing a bit of outreach to passing motorists on the A534. More pictures of the main event to follow.
New protection camp
A protection camp was established today at the Kingsmarsh site on the verge close to the drilling rig entrance. The protectors have put a call out for support including all the usual tat:
Camping equipment, bedding, tarps, cooking equipment, water containers, firewood, pallets... plus food supplies, vegetarian meals, cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee, tobacco etc. Supporters welcome at the camp to join in the walking of vehicles up and down the lane or just for a chat and a brew. More info soon.
Frack Free Farndon