On 10 Sep 2013 at 11:54am Latest from Balcombe wrote:
9th September 2013
Balcombe Community Protection Camp Press Release
Please find below an update from the Balcombe blockade of the Cuadrilla drilling and
fracking site. The update is provided in the context of a letter from one Tony Kershaw of
Sussex County Council’s legal department. The blockaders are consulting their own
legal advisers about how to respond to it. The validity of the letter is questionable.
From the viewpoint of the blockaders the last six weeks have been a great success with
national and international coverage of the danger fracking poses to the environment and
human health. The invasion of the British countryside has been strongly resisted and will
continue to be resisted until the last fracker runs out of gullible investors
. Landowners are
discovering the hidden liabilities they will have to bear when the inevitable accidents,
contamination and injury bring massive claims for damages. Best of all communities are
learning how to defend themselves and combine with other commun
ities in strength and
An amazing feature of the fight against fracking is the range of people, political and social
positions that have drawn together to face the unwelcome gas and oil invaders. The
blockaders have conducted themselves peacefully
throughout this first blockade of a UK
based fracker. The safety and sanctity of human life is at the heart of the purpose of the
It is a shame that a lower speed limit has not yet been imposed in the area of the entrance to
the Cuadrilla drill
ing site and the blockaders and their many supporters in the wider
community urge those responsible to immediately establish a safe speed limit of 20 or 30
miles per hour on the relevant stretch of the B2036 south of Balcombe. Failure to heed this
for a lower speed limit will lead even more people to question the good faith of their
elected representatives and institutions.
The Balcombe blockaders urge West Sussex County Council
take urgent steps
its democratic role in the community.
On 10 Sep 2013 at 12:34pm my wrote:
what a lot of sad people .
On 10 Sep 2013 at 1:15pm queequeg wrote:
Reality deniers. Give us the gas.
Incidentally Arctic sea ice is at its greatest extent for many summers, no global warming for 15 years. No sound argument for not making the most of our own gas resources.
On 10 Sep 2013 at 1:21pm Forge Geormby wrote:
You're the perfect zombie
For a fascist state
Fill your head with rubbish
Close your little gate
Read your little paper
Full of filthy lies
When they frack your stupid ass
Won't you be surprised!
On 10 Sep 2013 at 1:45pm NOAA wrote:
August 6, 2013
State of the Climate in 2012 - report cover.
The 2012 State of the Climate report is available online.
Worldwide, 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record according to the 2012 State of the Climate report released online today by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The peer-reviewed report, with scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., serving as lead editors, was compiled by 384 scientists from 52 countries (highlights, full report). It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, sea, ice, and sky.
“Many of the events that made 2012 such an interesting year are part of the long-term trends we see in a changing and varying climate — carbon levels are climbing, sea levels are rising, Arctic sea ice is melting, and our planet as a whole is becoming a warmer place," said Acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D. “This annual report is well-researched, well-respected, and well-used; it is a superb example of the timely, actionable climate information that people need from NOAA to help prepare for extremes in our ever-changing environment."
Conditions in the Arctic were a major story of 2012, with the region experiencing unprecedented change and breaking several records. Sea ice shrank to its smallest “summer minimum” extent since satellite records began 34 years ago. In addition, more than 97 percent of the Greenland ice sheet showed some form of melt during the summer, four times greater than the 1981–2010 average melt extent.
On 10 Sep 2013 at 1:51pm I`m a climate scientist wrote:
Queequeg Is NOT a climate scientist.
Watch the video »
On 10 Sep 2013 at 3:18pm SHS wrote:
Clearly none of us use oil or gas in our daily lives. I'm surprised there are any cars on the roads in Lewes, let alone anything made of plastic. And how do these folks heat their homes and do their cooking? How many trees do they cut down for all the wood they must use for fires? Show me a practical (tax, penalty and subsidy free) alternative to fossil fuels that everyone supports and I'll be the first to go for it.
On 10 Sep 2013 at 3:39pm Zebedee wrote:
What a stupid comment. Of course they do. They also want our society to progress ways of making us less dependent upon them.
You want *everyone* to support the same thing? You want pigs to fly?
On 10 Sep 2013 at 4:05pm SHS wrote:
"...society to progress ways of making us less dependent upon them"
Aren't we already doing that but encountering opposition from everyone? (That word again.) Also consider how the tax system encourages dependence on fossil fuels and perhaps your vast free time should be spent trying to change that.
On 10 Sep 2013 at 5:46pm Another brave protector wrote:
Another hero takes direct action.
Check it out here »
On 10 Sep 2013 at 5:56pm Jeusalem wrote:
You can feel and see the love these good people have for each other and our earth.
And did those feet in ancient times
Walk upon Balcombe`s pastures green?
On 10 Sep 2013 at 6:00pm Simon Welsh arrested wrote:
One of the arrests today was of the first Balcombe resident to feel the long arm of the law at this protest.
PA reports that poet Simon Welsh was arrested outside the gates of the Cuadrilla site in the Sussex village shortly after leading singing of the anti-fracking Balcombe Anthem, according to the No Fracking in Balcombe Society (No Fibs).
A No Fibs spokeswoman said he was arrested at the same spot where former Green Party leader and Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was arrested last month.
"He was arrested shortly after leading the singing of The Balcombe Anthem, to Parry's rousing tune Jerusalem," she said.
"Simon had adapted William Blake's words to express the current threat of industrialisation of our countryside through fracking."
Sussex Police said a 34-year-old man from Balcombe was arrested on suspicion of breaching a Section 14 Public Order Act notice and was in custody this afternoon.
The force said a number of protesters were arrested outside the Cuadrilla drilling site today, including two who tried to block a lorry arriving at the site.
On 10 Sep 2013 at 6:46pm Voices from the North wrote:
We are not alone in facing the fracking threat
Here`s Radio Lancashire interviewing a protector from Lytham.
Check it out here »
On 10 Sep 2013 at 9:35pm Zebedee wrote:
My first thought upon hearing the poetry of Balcombe resident Simon Welsh was that someone ought to arrest him. So, I'm not too surprised it's happened.
On 11 Sep 2013 at 1:50am Poetry Please. wrote:
Well Zebs if you can write something as good as this I`d be very interested in hearing it.
Check it out here »
On 13 Sep 2013 at 6:55pm Mrs Thatcher wrote:
I have a solution - RE OPEN THE MINES!