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The INEOS injunctions: Undermining the right to protest

MAKE no mistake, last week’s High Court ruling confirming the majority of temporary injunctions that have been in place to ‘protect’ shale gas explorer INEOS’s assets, staff and supply chain since July, is a setback for the anti-fracking protestors. But whichever side of the fence one stands on (and be careful not to chain yourself to it unless you fancy six months in prison and a hefty £5,000 fine), the case raises serious questions, going forward, about the ability of public protest movements to be effective in any kind of meaningful way. And remember, as owner of PEDL 294, INEOS…

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