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Anti-fracking protesters gather outside Centrica HQ

James Hockaday

Anti-fracking protesters gather outside Centrica HQ

Anti-fracking protesters gathered at Centrica HQ in Windsor today (Friday).

More than 50 people participated in the protest that saw the main entrance of Centrica’s office turned into a fracking site, complete with a fracking rig, 80 metres of piping and fake money.

Speaking at the protest Annabel Gregory from Reclaim the Power said: “We need to keep 80 per cent of fossil fuels in the ground, including natural gases, in the UK.

“The people have said no in Lancashire and the council voted against Cuadrilla decision to frack, the government in Westminster overturned that.

“It [fracking] provides no jobs, it causes earthquakes, it ruins the environment, it increases climate change.

She says that Centrica, which owns British Gas, has been supporting fracking, having invested up to £60m into it while raising energy prices for consumers.”

But Ms Gregory remains hopeful that people power is working, referencing  the withdrawal of a project in Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.

 “With the anti-fracking fight, we are winning,” she added.

Ruth London from Fuel Poverty Action told the Express that British Gas is creating a ‘vicious circle’ by contributing to climate change, which is causing more weather extremities including harsh winters, while pushing energy prices up.

“17,000 people died last winter because they couldn’t afford to heat their homes,” added Ms London, who said climate change is also contributing to an increase in food prices.

She said a lot of people also die as a result of hot weather and that this is becoming a problem for the western world as well as regions like Africa.

“People are actually waking up now to what a catastrophe is already starting. Even some of the Big 6 [energy suppliers] are starting to invest in renewable energy.”

A spokesman from Centrica said: “Everyone has a right to express their views and we respect their right to demonstrate peacefully.

“The development of natural gas from shale has a potentially important role to play in securing gas supplies for the UK. As the UK’s largest energy supplier, we believe Centrica has a duty to explore the potential of natural gas from shale to provide safe, secure energy to millions of homes and businesses.”


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