Good news for fracking protesters in the High Court this morning as three Law Lords handed down their judgement and grant the appeal brought by Joe Corré and Joe Boyd in relation to the draconian anti-protest injunction originally granted to the Ineos Upstream fracking and plastics company.
Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice David Richards and Lord Justice Leggatt ruled that parts of the injunction should be removed immediately. These include the ban on a protest technique known as ‘slow walking’ on a public highway (where protesters slow down the arrival and departure of vehicles at fracking sites by holding slow processions). Significantly, it also takes out the ban on protests at any supply chain companies (several of which have pulled out of deals with Ineos as a result of campaign pressure).
The original injunction was granted in an administrative court, and Joe Corré had argued that Human Rights (of free expression, assembly and protest) were not properly taken into account and that the target of “persons unknown” was unprecedented, unfair, and was in effect a way for Ineos to ‘buy the law’.
The ruling has allowed sections of the injunction to remain, including sections on trespass and private rights of way, but these will still have to go back to the High Court for further assessment in relation to the Human Rights Act.
The ruling may also have a knock-on effect because at least four other fracking companies including Cuadrilla have modelled their own injunctions on it.
Real Media interviewed Joe Corré about the injunction back in February.