Protesters Glue Selves to Wrong Gas Pumps
Station changed hands, but UK fracking foes weren't aware
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2014 6:14 PM CST
Updated Jan 22, 2014 7:00 PM CST
File photo   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – On the bright side, some anti-fracking protesters in Manchester, England, have gotten tons of free publicity for their cause. On the down side, it's for all the wrong reasons. The Bolton News reports that the protesters glued and locked themselves to gas pumps at a local station because gas company Total had announced a big investment in the search for shale gas. Problem: Total doesn't own the station. It used to, but no more. The new owners had to shut down the business for about six hours, and four protesters face charges of criminal damage and criminal trespass.