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Upton Cheshire Anti Fracking victory - the perfect storm of protest
Drilling site on Duttons Lane occupied in April 2014
In July 2010 planning permission was applied by Composite Energy, a private Scottish company.
June 2011 Composite Energy was then acquired by Dart Energy an Australian Corporation.
23rd March 2014 over 100 local residents carried out a protest march in opposition to the planned fracking on Duttons lane.
4th April 2014 - Anti Fracking campaigners occupy the field on Duttons Lane in Upton Cheshire. The farmer does not ask them to leave and continues to graze his cows in the field around the camp. Over the next 18 months the site expands and builds wooden structures in including a Library, Community Tea Hut and Kitchen, powered by Solar panels and heated by wood burning stoves. Crops planted in the field were harvested by protesters and locals alike.
9th May 2014 - Dart Energy UK bought by IGAS plc a UK corporation.
5th August 2015 - IGAS purchase a 30 year lease on site at Duttons lane.
2nd November 2015 - Eviction papers served on Upton Community Protection camp.
6th November 2015 - Eviction hearing at Manchester High Court.
12th January 2016 - Eviction by bailiffs with support from police costing over £300,000.
February 2016 - Igas announces it will not drill on Duttons Lane
2nd March 2016 - Ineos announces it may still attempt to drill the site on Duttons Lane.http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/upton-chester-could-targeted-fracking-10979502
Tower constructed during the run up to eviction of the camp
The Great Crested Newt
In there Dash for Gas profits, Fracking companies are attempting to bypass very important environmental protection regulation. The Duttons Lane site has 6 Schools and Chester Zoo within a 1 mile radius. The danger to the water supply for Chester Zoo who water their animals from the underground aquifer was of international importance. One element that was seemingly overlooked by IGAS was the Great Crested Newt, a protected species that was present in the area. The lack of any up to date survey was raised with Friends of the Earth and legal action taken the minute that IGAS showed its intention to evict the camp and drill on the site. The raising of this issue, showed the lack of concern and planning for important environmental concerns by the Fracking company.