DETERMINED anti-fracking activists glued their hands to the doors of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) headquarters in London yesterday in protest at it “covering up” the damaging effects of fracking.
Police rushed to the Westminster office — but couldn’t stop three protesters forming the sticky siege.
It came six days after Defra published a report on the effects of drilling for shale gas with swathes of information blacked out.
The 13-page expert analysis was censored a stunning 63 times, including paragraphs about the effects on house prices and local services.
Lindsay Alderton, one of the three activists, slammed the government’s “shameful” cover-up.
Speaking from the protest, she said: “What is it about the dangers of fracking that our government doesn’t want us to know?
“Keeping secret the impacts of shale gas extraction on the rural communities that it’s going to affect is shameful.
“The public demands to know the facts about fracking — censoring is not an acceptable option.”
Another activist scaled scaffolding on the building to unfurl a banner reading: “What’s to hide Defra? Don’t frack with our future.”
A government spokesman said ministers believed shale gas “has a positive part to play in our future energy mix.
“There is no evidence that house prices have been affected in over half a century of oil and gas exploration in the UK or evidence that this would be the case with shale,” he insisted.
Activists, who have been taking part in the Reclaim the Power camp in Blackpool this week, swooped simultaneously on four other sites.
They reported that guards at Raithlin Energy’s Crawberry Hill site in Yorkshire used “brutal and disproportionate force.”
Guards attempting to break up a blockade pulled an older woman “with so much force that they grabbed her shirt and exposed her body,” a statement said.
People taking part in the peaceful protest also had water poured over them.
Energy privateer IGas had the entrance to its swanky London office suite blocked by people opposed to drilling in Balcolmbe and Barton Moss.
Residents of communities targeted by fracking giant Cuadrilla also occupied the company’s northern headquarters.
The first of the five actions was a dawn raid on Swansea University.
Students and residents dressed as mad scientists stopped construction at the university’s new bay campus in protest at fracking research set to take place there.
Student Heather Corvid said: “Ironically the bay campus will end up under water if research they are doing means we frack our future.”