On the subject of fracking protests and hippies, an event is coming up this weekend organised by British pagans to protect 'Albion' (an ancient name for Britain or England, reputedly based on the white cliffs of Dover) from the practice of fracking. I suspect that the event, though quite newsworthy, will not be reported by environmental journalists due to it being somewhat embarassing to the political Green cause.
It looks like they've got 1800 people attending a magic ritual to be carried out at Glastonbury (which is a sort of general centre of British mumbo jumbo), with possibly several thousand others carrying out rituals in smaller gatherings elsewhere. So if you never hear about fracking in Britain again after this weekend, you'll know why.
One thing I have to say in favour of the hippies and pagans is that they do represent the honest face of environmentalism. It is self-evident with these people that they are just following a voice in their heads.
As I expected, no British environmental journalist covered the Pagan anti-fracking protests, even though it was a bigger event than Balcombe. In fact there has been no mention of the event in the British news media at all, confirming my long-held impression that the media gives the environmental movement a bit of an easy ride compared with other political groups. But a couple of Youtube videos have been uploaded, for anyone interested, one for Glastonbury and one for Stonehenge: