Anti-fracking protest at coal-based methane site

Fracking sign
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Will Thompson, an anti-fracking campaigner was arrested after climbing up and chaining himself to a drilling rig, and hanging a ‘no fracking’ banner.

It seems that the activist managed to gain access to the rig because a number of people trespassed on the site at the same time, distracting security. Mr Thompson came down from the rig at around 1.40pm yesterday and was arrested by Nottingham police.

The site at Daneshill Energy Forest on the outskirts of Doncaster is owned by the Australian Dart Energy which specialises in exploration of unconventional gas resources. Dart has been granted a Petroleum Exploration and Development Licence (PEDL) to extract coal-based methane from the ground – a procedure that does not involve fracking.

The firm said it had no current plans to drill a shale exploration well. Despite this, site protesters have set up an anti-fracking camp near the rig.

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