Keith Taylor MEP ‘concerned’ by Brockham anti-drilling arrests

Keith Taylor, MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, has responded to reports of the arrest of anti-drilling campaigners at the proposed drilling site in Brockham, Surrey.

Keith said:

“Only a few weeks ago, the Network for Police Monitoring released its report highlighting the ‘bully boy tactics’ being employed by police forces, that have been put under huge political pressure, to squash anti-drilling protests. This is why I’m particularly concerned about the reports coming from campaigners in Brockham.”

“It is also why I have written to Police and Crime Commissioners in the South East calling on them to respond to the concerns raised by NetPol.”

“The scientific consensus on climate change has never been greater. It is clear that the best chance we have of averting catastrophe is by keeping fossil fuel reserves in the ground. These processes are a dangerous and deeply unpopular method of fossil fuel extraction. They also have profound and acute impacts on local communities; public opposition has never been higher while support has never been lower.

“An authoritarian crack down on British citizens right to protest will not change that fundamental truth. I and my Green colleagues will continue to stand up for and stand alongside protesters across the UK.”