Nov 6th, 2012
Anti-infrastructure activists everywhere, take note! No Dash for Gas protesters in the UK have set a new standard for badassery. From Earth First! Action Reports:
This morning the last two campaigners from No Dash for Gas abseiled down the side of one of the chimneys they have been occupying at EDF’s West Burton power station for the past 7 days to end the most audacious and high profile direct action in recent years. Four campaigners had left yesterday, all have handed themselves in to the police. …
The seven day protest saw 16 activists occupy the flues of two of the chimneys at the UK’s newest gas-fired power station. Whilst up there, they rigged a rope between the two chimneys and people were able to travel across. The group, No Dash for Gas, were there to stop emissions, halt construction of the power station and highlight the senselessness of the government’s proposed ‘dash for gas’ in the upcoming Energy Bill. In a move that the government’s own Select Committee on Climate Change has said might be illegal, the government wants to build up to 20 new gas-fired power stations. This would lock us into relying on fossil fuels for another 30 years, making it impossible to hit emissions reductions targets, and ensuring household energy bills continue to rise.
Ewa Jasiewicz, one of the campaigners and the last person coming down from the chimney, said: ‘This was the first time activists have managed to successfully shut down a power station, and the longest occupation of a power station the UK has ever seen. We stopped 20,000 tonnes of CO2 being emitted, prevented any construction work on the site for a week and got our message about how reckless and ridiculous, let alone probably illegal, George Osborne’s proposed ‘dash for gas’ is out to thousands of people.’