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Hundreds expected to turn out for anti-fracking rally

Anti-fracking campaigners from across Britain marched to the Barton Moss gas exploration site run by Energy company IGas in January Credit: PA

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out today for an anti-fracking rally in Manchester, in support of the Barton Moss Protection Camp and against fracking in Greater Manchester.

Protesters will meet in Piccadilly Gardens at 12:00pm and march to Cathedral Gardens.


Bid to get protesters evicted from Anti-Fracking camp

Anti-Fracking camp at Barton Moss, Salford Credit: PA

The Peel Group, who claim to own the land in Salford currently occupied by anti-fracking protesters, is heading to court in a bid to evict the campaigners.

High court documents have been served at the site - it is thought Peel are claiming possession of a strip of land running alongside Barton Moss Road.

Protestors have been at the camp for three months.


Fracking boss: we're committed to being a good neighbour

The Chief Executive of the company behind fracking in Lancashire has said his company are "committed to being a good neighbour".

Francis Egan, Chief Executive of Cuadrilla, said:

“We’ve been working hard to assess our site options and have undertaken extensive technical and geological analysis.As a result of this work, we have decided to focus on just two sites at this time.

"This will allow us to reduce the potentialimpact on the local area during exploration while still gathering the important information we need to determine howmuch gas could be recovered.

"We’re committed to being a good neighbour and to talking with the community at everystage of the process.”

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