Fracking Activists In Sticky Whitehall Protest
Anti-fracking campaigners have super-glued themselves to the entrance of a Whitehall department demanding full disclosure over the controversial drilling technique.
The protesters from Reclaim the Power and No Dash For Gas said the demonstration at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was in response to the release of a Government report last week.
They said the report has 63 redactions on the potential impacts of shale gas exploration on rural communities.
Two activists, who were locked together, glued themselves to the main entrance at Defra, while another activist climbed the building and unfurled a banner reading: "What's to hide Defra? - Don't frack with our future."
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were called to the scene at 7.30am.
The campaigners claim deleted sections in the report include analysis around falling house prices and failing rural services.
They say the chapter examining the effect of drilling on house prices had three sections cut.
But a Government spokesman said: "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.
"This Government believes that shale has a positive part to play in our future energy mix, providing energy security, driving growth and creating jobs."
One of the campaigners super-glued to the building is Lindsay Alderton, 39, from Chester.
Speaking at the protest, she said it is "shameful" that the Government is "keeping secret the impacts of shale gas extraction", adding that the public "has a right to know".
She told Sky News: "Our aim is to get Defra to release the full unredacted report.
"It's the public's right to know this information.
"Censorship is not acceptable when it comes to fracking. It's our country. This is vital information."
Dominic Francis, 27, of Reclaim the Power, said: "This is part of a national day of action against fracking. We want to see investment in renewable, sustainable energy."