Lock-on closes fracking site 2-9-13

Today a single activist closed the Balcombe fracking site for most of the afternoon by locking onto a tanker that was attempting to leave. After initially failing to bring him down police brought in a specialist team to remove and arrest him. Three lorries were reportedly backed up in the village unable to access the drilling rig. Another man was arrested in his tent for flying a drone with a legal card to the man on the lorry (yes really).

As news of the action spread on twitter protesters read out messages of support to the man from the web via a megaphone. Particularly touching were words of praise from Ohio in the USA which has been ravaged by fracking.

This marks the beginning of a month of rolling blockades of the controversial site.

Photos by Guy Smallman