At Barton Moss (near the M6 in Salford) a stalwart group of approximately 30 activists have been opposing attempts by energy company IGas to carry out exploratory drilling for coal bed methane and shale gas.
No environmental impact assessment (EIA) has taken place at the site and protesters contend that the current permission does not allow for shale gas exploration.
Veteran Green Party Campaigner Anne Power has been representing the Green Party at the protest and has been sending back reports from the front line….
27th Nov: “Drill approaching the drilling site about 12.30 today. We delayed its course along this privately owned road/lane by resisting the police escort for a considerable distance. As a “little old lady” I was able to be the slowest to move by leaning back hard against the police who kept edging us/me forward. The campers and leading protesters were delighted with the help I gave and so was I. About halfway the police physically forced me and a one armed woman protester holding on to me out of the group.”