Hundreds rally in Coleford to protest against fracking

Tuesday 2nd February 2016 7:16 pm
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DEFIANCE: Anti-fracking protesters from the Forest of Dean at the gathering on Sunday. ()

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SOME 400 people turned up to support a national day of action against fracking in Coleford on Sunday.

Banners with the words ’No Fracking Way and No Fracking Here were in evidence at the town’s clock tower which was one of 33 taking place across the country.

Organiser Owen Adams said: “We felt our event went really well and thanks to Coleford Town Council and Forest of Dean District Council for giving the event their blessing and support.

“If anyone wonders what direct action means, this gathering on Sunday is an example of how it can be: peaceful but defiant, joyous and fun and accessible to all.

“This direct action against gas exploration is mushrooming all around the Dean with a variety of events being organised including a ’rock against fracking’ event in Coleford on March 26.

“We were pleased with the turnout of between 300 and 400 people who came to demonstrate on Sunday.

“Finally we hope the Government gets our message soon and withdraws licences on the grounds of gas exploration being unsafe, unnecessary and uneconomical in the Forest of Dean area.

"We look forward to being able to explain face to face with the Government why gas exploration can not and will not happen here.”

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