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Monday, August 19, 2013

Fracking Protesters Keeping Busy, Costing English Community Over $1.1 Million

Several stories today contain updates on the exploits of fracking protesters both here in the United States and abroad in the UK community of Balcombe.

Here are a few of the interesting details.

From WNYC News:
President Obama is planning on visiting upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they like it or not.  
President Obama’s planned trip to Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton will focus on the importance of getting an affordable college education. 
But activists opposed to hydrofracking want the topic of natural gas drilling to be on the agenda as well.
“We’re going to be present in Binghamton by the hundreds if not the thousands,” says Walter Hang, with the Ithaca-based Toxics Targeting. 
Read the whole article here. 

From ITV News:
The cost of policing the ongoing anti-fracking demonstration at a camp in Balcombe, West Sussex has cost taxpayers nearly £750,000, Sussex Police have revealed.
Up to 1,000 activists are set to join the six-day Reclaim the Power Camp on the outskirts of the village, while officers from 10 other forces have been drafted in to bolster Sussex Police's operation.
Read more of that article here. 

And here are a few images of the proceedings in Balcombe.  Clearly, the general decorum of the individuals present cries out for them to be taken seriously.

These ones chained and superglued themselves to a protester's wheelchair
Feel free to create your own caption to this one
If nothing else, the protest is a good excuse to party - or whatever this is called

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