350.org Update (posted by Nicolò Wojewoda – 07/25/13)
This West Sussex community has spoken: thou shalt not frack
In the early hours of the morning, anti-fracking activists and community members in Balcombe, Sussex, UK, successfully halted the first day of explorations for a new shale gas development by famed (infamous, rather) fracking company Cuadrilla. Over 250 people united in a powerful, peaceful, joyful blockade — that eventually convinced the trucks containing the initial fracking equipment to abandon the site.
The fight in Balcombe is not over yet. Today’s exploratory fracking attempt (make sure to check out the amazing pictures) was the closest to London to date, where a lot of the finance for these operations comes from and where the tangled webs of power and influence are carefully threaded between consenting politicians and short-term profit oriented fossil fuel corporate executives. Impunity for them and their climate-wrecking efforts? No longer. Real resistance is brewing in their backyard.
More info: 350.org