We have always said that our right to protest and direct action is fundamental to the history of this country – it’s where real change has come from'
'The two men who successfully challenged fracking company Ineos in court this week say “the tide is starting to turn” in the fight to stop the country’s fledgling shale gas industry in its tracks.
Joe Corre and Joe Boyd have been engaged in a struggle to overturn an injunction granted to the petrochemicals giant that restricted protesting at their shale gas sites.
The firm, which owns fracking licences across the country and is run by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe has stated it only wanted to protect its staff from “militant activists”. But lawyers said they were concerned its broad injunction against “persons unknown” was eroding people’s right to protest.
The victory at the Court of Appeal on Wednesday was the latest blow to a sector that, despite government support, has struggled to take off amid pushback from local communities and concerns about earthquakes at drilling sites.
It comes only a month after a High Court judge concluded the climate impact of fracking had been overlooked by the government and described its policy as “flawed in its design and processes”.
“I’m pretty confident we’re going to win this war, and we are not going to have fracking in this country,” says Joe Corre, one of the activists involved.'
Read more: ‘We’re going to win this war’: Anti-fracking campaigners celebrate victory against Ineos and vow to keep shale gas industry out of England