Fracking Protest At Prime Minister's Home
Environmental campaigners have been holding a protest at David Cameron's country home over new laws that could allow for more underground drilling.
Greenpeace said activists in hard hats and high-vis jackets arrived on the doorstep of the PM's house in the Cotswold hamlet of Dean, sealing off the property's front gate with security fencing.
They put up signs reading: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused while we frack under your home" and ordered complaints to be directed to Mr Cameron's office.
The lobbying group said the stunt was a protest against legislation being announced in the Queen's Speech which, it says, will clear the way for fracking firms to extract oil and gas from under people's land and property without their permission.
Campaigners also displayed a giant cheque for £50, reportedly the maximum compensation ministers are prepared to pay to individual home and landowners whose property could be affected.
A recent YouGov poll revealed that 75% of Britons oppose ministers' plans to strip people of their access rights so that fracking can go ahead, Greenpeace said.
"David Cameron wants to rob people of their right to stop fracking firms drilling under their homes - surely he won't mind if we kick off the under-house fracking revolution below his own garden," Greenpeace's Simon Clydesdale said.
"The Prime Minister is about to auction off over half of Britain to the frackers, including national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty like the Cotswolds.
"Having failed to reassure people that fracking is safe or good for Britain, Cameron is now railroading it through with a 'bungs and bulldozers' approach."