Fracking company and Lancashire police collaborate to surveil protesters
The energy company Cuadrilla used Facebook to surveil anti-fracking protesters in Blackpool and forwarded the gathered intelligence to Lancashire Police, which arrested more than 450 protesters at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site over a period of three years in a policing operation that cost more than £12 million. Legal experts have called the relationship between fracking companies and the police "increasingly unhealthy" and called on the ICO and the Independent Office for Police Conduct to investigate. Cuadrilla has since been ordered by the Oil and Gas Authority to permanently plug and abandon its Lancashire wells.
Writer: Dean Kirby
Publication date: 2022-02-11