Protesting against fracking in the UK is now an imprisonable offence. Without the independent media, no-one would have been there to document this seismic shift in the criminalisation of environmental activism.
The campaign against fracking began with concerns about the local environment, and the impact on communities. It then took in the global issues of climate change and energy. Now local people are growing ever more concerned about democracy and state power, argues NATALIE BENNETT
Mayor of Malton Paul Andrews has started private legal proceedings against the government by applying for a Judicial Review to challenge a recent Written Ministerial Statement on fracking. MARIANNE BROOKER reports
The UK government’s decision this week to allow fracking undermines its commitments to tackle climate change and reduce fossil fuel use. It came just days before the government’s own data showed renewable electricity hit a record high last year. JOSEPH DUTTON reports
This year we have experienced the longest heat wave since 1976 - the North West of England is heading for a hosepipe ban in a couple of weeks. We also discovered recently that Cuadrilla has applied for the final consent from BEIS to start fracking, writes JOHN HOBSON