Netpol’s guidance for the anti-fracking movement has been created in response to specific requests by activists for support and advice. We have tried to respond to many of the most common questions from both participants in protectors camps and from local groups who are organising meetings and street stalls. Unfortunately, there is growing evidence that several police forces classify any form of organised opposition to extreme energy extraction as ‘suspect’.
Part 1 covers ways that anti-fracking campaigners can avoid and resist unwarranted and intimidating surveillance by the police. It covers two areas – organising online and organising public events. It includes sections on:
‘The Anti-Frackers Guide to Resisting Police Surveillance’ is available as a single guide (, 2.6 Mb) or as the following fact sheets available both in web format and to download and print:
|01||Organising Online||2.4 Mb||Online|
|02||Organising Public Events||3 Mb||Online|
However, campaign groups can help to ensure the safety of protesters when planning actions that might potentially lead to arrests or legal action by:
Contact Green & Black Cross Legal for support with legal observers and rights training.
‘The Anti-Frackers Guide to Understanding Laws Affecting Protesters’ is available as a single guide (, 4.5 Mb) or as the following fact sheets available both in web format and to download and print:
|01||Occupying Land||2.4 Mb||Online|
|02||Private Security||2.4 Mb||Online|
|03||Civil Trespass and Possession Orders||2.4 Mb||Online|
|05||Common Criminal Offences||2.4 Mb||Online|
|06||Other Offences||2.4 Mb||Online|
|07||Sentencing on Conviction||2.4 Mb||Online|
Development of this guidance was made possible by the financial support of the Jospeh Rowntree Reform Trust and the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust