The Battle of Barton Moss
Speed offers a riveting account of how a local protest movement in England halted the drilling of a fracking well, despite mounting government and corporate pressure. The chapter begins by showing how the protest at Barton Moss related to the earlier Occupy movement in London. It then outlines the distinguishing qualities of the Barton Moss protest, focusing on its aims, scope, and innovative tactics. Attention then shifts to the opposing side, providing an account of the nature and extent of political policing. A third part advances an explanation of the campaign’s remarkable success, including discussion of the protesters’ camp and its wider relationship to the community. Finally, the conclusion suggests what might be learned from the Battle of Barton Moss.
KeywordsEnvironmentalism Barton Moss Protest Activism Political policing New media United Kingdom Occupy
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