Drillers find shale gas near Manchester

Drilling company IGas has found shale gas at the Barton Moss site near Manchester. The gas firm said it has finished drilling at its well on the site which was recently a focus of anti-fracking protests. IGas confirmed it hit the Bowland Shale, a stretch of porous rock deep underground which contains shale gas. Cores […]

Judge rules Manchester fracking protestors can be evicted

A judge’s ruling effectively means demonstrators outside a fracking site in Barton Moss near Salford can be moved along by the site’s owner. Peel Groups, which is leasing the site to energy firm IGas, wanted to kick out the protestors who have pitched tents along an entrance road and obstructed lorries for more than 100 […]

Manchester anti-fracking protests ‘cost taxpayers £330,000’

Anti-fracking protests in Greater Manchester have cost taxpayers a staggering £330,000 so far and is rising. The figure was released by Greater Manchester Police as protests against IGas’ attempt to drill for shale gas in Barton Moss continue. Two women blocked the fracking site this morning to prevent the energy company’s trucks from going into […]

Anti-fracking protestors give IGas early Christmas pressies

Anti-fracking protestors have blockaded IGas’s Barton Moss drilling site for the second time this week. On Monday they got into the festive spirit by giving the drilling company a fracking great stocking filler – a 17 metre long, one and half tonne wind turbine blade, wrapped in a big red bow (pictured). Sandra Denton, one […]

Four arrested at anti-fracking protest in Greater Manchester

Four people have so far been arrested in a protest against fracking in Greater Manchester. More than 50 anti-fracking activists from across the nation gathered this morning to protest against IGas Energy’s plans to drill at Barton Moss. Greater Manchester Police arrested three men aged 41, 42 and 47 and a woman “on suspicion of […]