Ineos secures High Court injunction to stop "unlawful activities" at its shale sites

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Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe owns the chemical firm (Source: Getty)

Ineos Shale, one of the UK's biggest shale gas firms, has obtained High Court injunctions to prohibit trespassing or obstruction at its hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, sites.

The energy company was seeking legal protections after a recent escalation in threats and dangerous actions from "militant activists", it said.

The interim injunctions were secured until a full hearing in September to help ensure safety and protect people on and around its shale gas sites but will not interfere with the right to lawful, peaceful protest, Ineos said in a statement.

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​Tom Pickering, operations director at Ineos Shale said:

We have a duty to do all we can to ensure the safety of everyone on and around our sites, including the protestors themselves.

We are also clear that our people and suppliers have the right to come to work free from harassment and intimidation. In these circumstances it was right and responsible to seek these injunctions, and we are pleased that the court has agreed.

The injunctions prevent a number of activities including trespassing at Ineos Shale sites and offices, obstructing the highway around the sites, obstructing or interfering with Ineos Shale business and/or the activities of staff on and around the sites and interfering with, harassing or conspiring to injure people and businesses across the supply chain.

Any breach of the injunctions is a contempt of court, which could lead to imprisonment, fines or seizure of assets, Ineos said.

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