Anti-fracking protest to be staged in Sheffield city centre

Anti-fracking protesters are to gather in Sheffield
Anti-fracking protesters are to gather in Sheffield
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Protesters are to stage a demonstration outside a bank in Sheffield city centre in objection to it funding a fracking firm.

Members of Sheffield Climate Alliance, Fossil Free Sheffield, South Yorkshire Greenpeace , Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Against Fracking, Frack Free South Yorkshire, No Fracking Barnsley and Sheffield Green Party will gather outside Barclays Bank in Pinstone Street from noon on Saturday, May 28.

The protest was organised after North Yorkshire County Council gave the go-ahead for Third Energy to carry out fracking in Ryedale earlier this week.

Barclays Bank owns 97 per cent of the firm.

Phil Daly, of South Yorkshire Greenpeace and Sheffield Against Fracking, said: “North Yorkshire County Council went against the will of the people by approving the Third Energy fracking application near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.

"We’re asking Barclays to do the right thing and ditch Third Energy. If Barclays do not ditch third energy we want people to ditch Barclays.

“Instead of a dash for gas we can’t afford to burn in order to stay safe on climate change, we need to get behind renewables and energy saving.”

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.

Drilling for shale gas is at an exploratory phase in the UK.