URGENT CALL OUT: Cuadrilla Trying to Frack Balcombe


Event: The Great Gas Gala!
Location: Lower Stumble, Balcombe, West Sussex
Time: From 7am onwards
Date: Thurs 25th
Website: http://greatgasgala.org.uk

Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources are trying to start drilling in
Balcombe, West Sussex, next to the London to Brighton railway line, this
week. They have begun moving equipment onto the site and are planning to
start drilling by the weekend. The community in Balcombe is almost
unanimously opposed to their village being fracked, and are hoping that
they will receive support in their efforts to stop it.

While people are welcome at any time, a mass convergence has been called
for Thursday. People will be gathering at the site just south of Balcombe
railway station on Thursday morning (25th), from 7am onwards. While
getting their early will be good, since Cuadrilla are likely to be trying
to bring more equipment onto the site, there will be stuff happening
throughout the day. The event is planned to be a community-led carnival of
anti-fracking revelry, with a very serious purpose. To stop Cuadrilla in
their tracks.

See http://greatgasgala.org.uk for more details and directions to the site
etc. Please bring essentials such as food, water, and appropriate
clothing/sun protection. Picnics, cakes, tea-making facilities, friends,
banners, games, music, instruments, knitting (yellow and black – gasfield
free community colours!), blankets, chairs, tables, gazebos, small tents,
plastic cutlery/plates. You get the picture. Try to avoid bringing
alcohol, drugs, anything which could be construed as a weapon, glass etc.

Cuadrilla, who are mired in planning issues in Lancashire where their
first test well triggered an earthquake, are seeking to open a second
front in Sussex. Cuadrilla’s planned test well at Balcombe would be just
the beginning of a tidal wave of destruction, sweeping across the South
East. The licence blocks held by Cuadrilla and Celtique Energie in Sussex
could see thousands of wells drilled and fracked, plus associated
pipelines, compressor stations and processing plants.

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

* Fracking In Balcombe: A Community Says No
* Fracking Sussex: The Threat Of Shale Oil & Gas


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