Stop the INEOS fracking injunction

by Joesph Boyd

Stop the INEOS fracking injunction

by Joesph Boyd
Joesph Boyd
My name is Joe Boyd and I have been an active anti-fracking campaigner in the UK for the past 4 years.
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Media articles after hearing for update

Sept. 14, 2017

INEOS injunction on fracking protests renewed for two months despite challenge from campaigners

https://drillordrop.com/2017/09/12/ineos-injunction-on-fracking-protests-renewed-for-two-months-despite-challenge-from-campaigners/

Fracking firm which wants to drill in Nottinghamshire has High Court injunction upheld

Campaigners say it sets a dangerous precedent

http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/news-...

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INEOS, a manufacturer of chemicals involved in fracking, was granted an injunction – that seriously limits protest against its activities  

At a hearing on 27 July 2017, INEOS, a privately owned global manufacturer of chemicals, involved in fracking, was granted a wide-ranging injunction, seriously limiting the right of people to protest against their activities and those of companies linked to them.

Since learning about the injunction, which was granted against “persons unknown”, I have been working alongside solicitors from the law firm Leigh Day and barristers Heather Williams QC and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh, as a named Defendant so that I can challenge its legality and try to prevent it being renewed.

In my four years of campaigning against the fracking industry in the UK, I have consistently seen the role of protesting as a fight for democracy at both a local and national level. This temporary injunction, if renewed at the hearing on 12 September will be an unprecedented and long-term affront to our right to lawful protest.

The hearing – nobody else was represented 

The injunction was granted at an ex-parte hearing at which nobody else but INEOS and landowners who have leased land to them was represented, so there was no chance to mount a Defence to the proceedings. As a result people who oppose the fracking industry, including protesters such as myself, had no way of challenging the application or seeking to mitigate its impact on lawful protest.

INEOS states that it is not against peaceful, legitimate protest but that is exactly what the injunction stops us from being able to do at the eight sites covered by the injunction, which cover areas all across England, as well as in relation to a large number of other companies associated with INEOS.

Penalties for breaching the injunction

An arrest for breach of this injunction, which could simply be for slow walking on a public pavement outside a protest site, will be in contempt of court and the protester will be liable for up to six months imprisonment and or fine up to £5,000.

Our argument will take place on 12 Septemer

Our argument at the hearing on 12 September will be that the terms of the interim injunction breach Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantee the right to freedom of expression and freedom of association. By putting myself forward as a named defendant in these proceedings, I want to ensure that we as local people, citizens and campaigners still have the right to hold peaceful protests against the fracking industry and those involved in it.

Media articles after hearing for update

Sept. 14, 2017

INEOS injunction on fracking protests renewed for two months despite challenge from campaigners

https://drillordrop.com/2017/09/12/ineos-injunction-on-fracking-protests-renewed-for-two-months-despite-challenge-from-campaigners/

Fracking firm which wants to drill in Nottinghamshire has High Court injunction upheld

Campaigners say it sets a dangerous precedent

http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/news-opinion/fracking-firm-wants-drill-nottinghamshire-468722

Campaigners challenge injunction against anti-fracking protesters

Lawyers for two anti-fracking campaigners argue in high court that injunction obtained by Ineos curtails protester rights

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/12/anti-fracking-campaigners-challenge-ineos-injunction-joe-corre-joe-boyd



Adjourned for 3 day hearing in about 6 weeks time

Sept. 13, 2017

Afternoon everyone i thought i'd check in, now that i'm back from yesterday's hearing in London and had time to reflect. Firstly, i want to thank everyone who has supported me the last few days. Many have given to the crowd-justice fund which is key in showing our Lawyers and INEOS themselves that we mean business in this case.


Case so far:
We always thought this case would be adjourned in the interest of justice and continually asked for it but were refused right up until the final hour, some four weeks later when the INEOS team caved in to our demands. They were aiming to control a long term injunction without any evidence from my/our and Joe Corre's legal teams. You may think that's wrong (which of course we did!) but that's what they hoped for. Anyway our democracy continues to hang by a thread but we have pushed them back slightly (small steps and all that).


Hearing:
During the hearing the injunction order was amended slightly in our favour on numerous points but it is still in place. A significant point from the hearing was the Judge's announcement that challenging INEOS's statement that the scientific consensus that shale gas extraction was safe would be allowed. This is important with over 1000 peer reviewed scientific evidence of the impacts on fracking. This as far as am aware will be the first time such scrutiny in a court will be allowed.
In the coming weeks we will be building our case against the injunction in more detail. This will require input from many communities around the country who are being bullied by the fracking industry including INEOS. A key part of this no doubt will be the continued sustained relentless attacks on our human rights to protest. The evidence we require will be wide ranging and crucial to our defence. I hope as many of you as possible can contribute to this important phase.


Funding:
The funding for this case will continue through CrowdJustice, so please contribute when and where you can. it would also be helpful if everyone could send it to 5 friends as this would really widen the awareness of this campaign as well as helping to reach my stretch target. Reaching the initial target in less than two days, shows the fierce opposition to INEOS's draconian injunction.This is as much more than just a battle against the fracking industry as it against our human rights to freedom of expression and assembly. 

Thanks for all donations and comments of support. They are heartwarming and gratefully received as we begin the next phase of this challenge together in solidarity of our aims.

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