Fracking protesters gather for six-day camp as Balcombe drilling suspended | Environment | theguardian.com

Balcombe, UK

Balcombe, UK (Photo credit: Push Europe)

Balcombe Lake

Balcombe Lake (Photo credit: Bods)

This article from the Guardian is a RECOMMENDED READ. Check it out!

Fracking protesters gather for six-day camp as Balcombe drilling suspended | Environment | theguardian.com.

Sadly, the problem with this sort of protest is that it can easily escalate out of control, with anarchists and general trouble-makers.

English: Balcombe, West Sussex, England.

English: Balcombe, West Sussex, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any thoughts on how the Police should handle the six-day protest?

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  2. Some more remarks from “fracking country”:
    – Many people down here in southern Texas welcome(d) fracking as it brings money into an otherwise impoverished region.
    – Since the countryside down here definitely isn’t as beautiful as in England, there’s not so much concern as to that, if any.
    – The picture I saw of the Balcombe fracking site didn’t look too bad to me as the area was shielded by trees. Btw, nearly all of the buidings, trucks etc. will be gone after the site has been fracked, and then, with those trees around it, the site will possibly be totally hidden from view.

    • Pit,

      Many thanks for sharing your latest views.

      You raise some good points.

      I guess the drilling will disappear when the gas runs out or become uneconomic or problematic to reach.

  3. The Sussex Constabulary have already sent out the wrong signal by saying that the perimeter could be breached and this will embolden the assorted anarchists and so called environmentalists who will no doubt descend on Balcombe if Cuadrilla continues to drill.
    We as a country cannot be dictated to by protesters who offer no alternatives to our energy shortage other than blackouts and calls for renewables and conservation which will not deal with the problem in time.This is a time for bold and decisive action not appeasement and kowtowing to people who are impediments to national progress and energy security.
    The police and the Chief Constable of Sussex should start doing their jobs by policing and if necessary “locking down” the anarchist /environmentalist encampment.
    Then if there is even a hint of a move on Balcombe, the protesters should be stopped from entering the village and if they become troublesome they should be arrested en masse ,removed and charged with obstructing the highway and disturbing the Queen,s peace.
    Police from neighbouring counties need to be brought in just as they were in the Miners Strike in the 1980,s if the protesters become too numerous for the Sussex police to deal with.
    If those numbers are insufficient ,then the Army Reserves should be issued with police uniforms and required to get the job done,as happened in the Miners Strike under Margaret Thatcher.
    The costs of policing,if matters turn violent,should be applied in full to those protesting and causing trouble through their “direct action” and their organisations and others like the Co-op Bank which is probably funding them ,made subject to sequestration of assets and money.

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