Energy firm Cuadrilla carried out Facebook surveillance on anti-fracking protestors and forwarded a stream of intelligence to police, it can be revealed, with lawyers warning the “deeply troubling” monitoring could lead to a legal challenge.
More than 180 pages of redacted company and police emails obtained by i show the firm grabbed screenshots from activists’ public Facebook groups and passed them to Lancashire Police during the fraught protests over the firm’s fracking site near Blackpool.
The emails can be revealed as it emerged Cuadrilla has been ordered by the Oil and Gas Authority to permanently plug and abandon its Lancashire wells – drawing a line on Britain’s controversial fracking industry.
Over three years, Lancashire Police made more than 450 arrests at the Preston New Road site in a policing operation costing more than £12m. In 2018, three activists including a teacher became the first people to be jailed in the UK for a…