As you may be aware, Cuadrilla are seeking to establish a High Court injunction which would effectively prohibit any form of effective protest. On 31st May 2018 I and my small team of volunteers, were successful in persuading Judge Pelling to limit the scope of the injunction pending a full hearing. This hearing is scheduled to take place in the Manchester Civil Courts over two days on the 10th & 11th July 2018.
I have put myself forward as a named ‘Litigant In Person’ (LIP) to resist this application for a ‘Super Injunction’; which potentially places anyone demonstrating against the proposed fracking site at Preston New Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, England liable to arrest for ‘Contempt of Court’. Please see this link where an Interim Injunction was put in place at a High Court hearing on 1 June 2018:
I am intending to contest the injunction (from being permitted beyond the 11th July 2018) on the grounds that its ‘chilling’ effect is disproportionate; with particular focus on OUR collective Human Rights to assembly and free speech, as defined in Articles 10 & 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The importance of protecting these rights will be backed up by world-wide evidence which PROVES that the abstraction of unconventional hydro-carbons (fracking) is unsafe, regardless of any ‘Regulatory Control’ regime.
As I’m sure you will appreciate, if this Injunction is awarded, the ramifications for dissent against any Establishment agenda are enormous!
I & my team of volunteers would be extremely grateful if you are able to make a donation towards the costs of Stationary, Printing, Courier Costs & travel expenses.
Thank you for your support.
Ian R Crane