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Star date: 18th August 2014

BANNER PROTEST AGAINST 884,000 GALLONS OF RADIOACTIVE FRACKING WATER DUMPED IN SHIP CANAL

As part of a day of action by environment group Reclaim The Power, today a huge banner was unfurled and hung from the footbridge at MediaCityUK which stated `884,000 Gallons of Radioactive Fracking Water Dumped Here'.

The toxic water had been pumped into the Manchester Ship Canal by United Utilities and originally came from the Cuadrilla fracking site in Fylde. Cuadrilla's HQ in Blackpool and the IGas HQ in London were also occupied today as part of a national day of action against fracking in the UK.

Full details here...


Radioactive Water Protest at MediaCityUK Salford IGas HQ Blockaded
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A huge banner was hung today from the pedestrian footbridge at MediaCityUK by Salford activists fighting potential fracking at Barton Moss, Davyhulme and around the UK. The banner read `884,000 Gallons of Radioactive Fracking Water Dumped Here' – a reference to radioactive waste water from Cuadrilla's trial fracking well in Fylde which found its way into the Manchester Ship Canal.

A statement from Reclaim The Power, which organised today's protest, explained that "the company pumped 2.7 million gallons of clean water into its only full scale fracking well in the country. Initially the company had been sending the radioactive water to a treatment plant in Daveyhulme, but it was unable to cope with the volume, toxicity and levels of radiation."

The radioactive water dumping was exposed by a special BBC Inside Out programme earlier this year which also showed evidence in the waste water of levels of radium ninety times higher than naturally occurs in drinking water.

"The Environment Agency allowed United Utilities to dilute the water and put it into our Canal" said local campaigner Louise Carr, explaining the banner "884,000 gallons of radioactive and toxic water from just one fracking operation, which was cut short because the company caused two earthquakes in the space of six weeks".

Today's protest by Reclaim The Power was part of a national day of action against fracking which also saw Cuadrilla's office in Blackpool occupied and the headquarters of IGas, which is aiming to frack in Salford, blockaded this morning.


See also previous Salford Star articles...

• The Fracking Information War – click here

• Ecocide Lawyers Visit Barton Moss - click here

 

mrbluesky wrote
at 12:31:45 on 26 August 2014
To whom it may concern Would it be possible, for us to ask the leaders of salford city council, local MPs, Cuardrilla staff, if they would like to A. Reside next to a fracking site B.Drink the the water that's been exposed to the chemical processes during drilling I state has a fact that they wouldn't so why should we have too
 
Tahir Chakotai wrote
at 06:35:36 on 21 August 2014
"Oh Fabulous", "Oh Joy", not only do I have to put up with rubbish building up on the streets because they have cut the bin services, and the fact the councils are shutting down all the vital support services one by one, I have the added joy of glowing in the dark. I used to work at a nuclear power plant as a design engineer. The disposal of waste has to be well planned, and placed where there is little risk to the general population. However if you live in the northwest of Britain, dumping radioactive material in populated cities now seems to be the norm. "Very Interesting".
 
Kate Shannon wrote
at 22:25:30 on 19 August 2014
This is horrifying! I agree it should be on the news and the fact it isn't only cements the collusion of the media with our careless government. I live in Trafford so have already written to my MP regarding the Davyhulme site but surely there is more we can do.. any advice greatly appreciated...
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 10:08:22 on 19 August 2014
This banner is hanging in the backyard of a Media City but I guess it will not get the attention it deserves. Something so important as the fracking debate should be on the front pages of the press and one of the main items for debate on radio and TV. The media silence on this issue is worrying. It makes one think that secret discussions are going on behind the scenes. Can the Salford Council issue a statement on its thinking......it would be good to know.
 
Fracking will pump it to the surface. wrote
at 10:07:53 on 19 August 2014
There is Radioactivity in the ground, Fracking will pump it to the surface... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Background_radiation
 
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