Anti-fracker scales Nottingham gas rig

An anti-fracking activist climbed a 15-metre-high drilling rig in Nottingham yesterday to protest against shale gas. Work at the site owned by exploration firm Dart Energy was halted in the early […]

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By Vicky Ellis

An anti-fracking activist climbed a 15-metre-high drilling rig in Nottingham yesterday to protest against shale gas.

Work at the site owned by exploration firm Dart Energy was halted in the early hours after he scaled the rig and unfurled a banner reading ‘No Fracking’ down one side.

Pete Kennedy, campaigner for Frack Free South Yorkshire said: “Will has locked onto the rig following grave concerns about the impact of gas extraction on the environment and local communities.”

The activist came down from the rig at around 1.40pm yesterday and was arrested by Nottingham police, according to Dart Energy.

Peter Riley, spokesperson for Dart Energy told ELN: “We’re not actually fracking here as it’s a coal bed methane site.”

He said the activist managed to breach security because a number of people trespassed on the site at the same time, distracting security.

Next door to the drilling site protestors have set up an anti-fracking camp, one of several in the UK.