PHOTO: Hull and East Riding Greens attended in solidarity today’s Crawberry Hill anti-fracking celebration. L to R: Tim Greene (Haltemprice and Howden candidate), Angela Needham (with her back to us! For Hull west and Hessle), Natalie Hurst (Brigg and Goole, looking to camera), Mike Lammiman (Hull council candidate), Val Mager (Beverley resident and first arrestee at the site), Martin Deane (Hull North), Jon Mager (husband of Val and also a first arrestee at the site), and Richard Howarth (for Beverley and Holderness).
A great day today at Crawberry Hill. The best part of 200 people attended to stand in solidarity with the Protectors’ Camp as it now completes 8 whole months of presence and deterrent at the site. All walks of life were represented! Young and old, workers, students and pensioners. Cllr Gill Kennett of Hull City Council spoke; a Hull Unison official handed me their latest bulletin which promoted Frack Free Yorkshire on its front page! There was a welcome contingent from Greenpeace. Media and photographers were there too. There were protectors, supporters, people from villages for miles around, a group from the Manchester campaign from Barton Moss. I’m sure I saw Bez from the Happy Mondays there too! And all this despite cold temperatures and a icy wind that got to your ears and fingers!
The threat of eviction still stands from East Riding Council. We have yet to hear if defensive court action will dismiss this. Unlike Hull City Council, East Riding has not yet made a commitment against fracking but is doing everything it can to enable it – and thus putting at risk local land, air, and water, the latter especially important as it supplies the city of Hull.
There were a number of speeches. I was pleased to introduce the Green Party and emphasise our anti-fracking policy – alone among the main parties. I mentioned Green Party candidates in attendance particularly Angela Needham for West Hull, and announced Richard Howarth who is currently under selection to fight Beverley and Holderness against the pro-fracking Tory incumbent.
Richard is already a byword in the local anti-fracking campaign as he has spoken to any number of villages across the sub-region about the dangers of fracking and what is really going on. Both the oil industry sites, at Crawberry Hill and at West Newton A and B are in his Beverley and Holderness constituency.
Two-thirds of the country has been licensed for fracking. Only popular pressure, resistance, camps, direct action, and voting against pro-fracking parties, will see them off.
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