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Lock in at Lancashire fracking site

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7:55am 3rd July 2017
(Updated 9:14am 3rd July 2017)

13 Lancashire residents, including three councillors, have this morning taken direct lock-on action against fracking.

At 3:00am, a group of residents arrived at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site.

A drilling rig is expected any day now, and blockaded the entrance, locking themselves to heavy objects and preventing any vehicles from entering the site.

[PIC: There have been a number of actions by protesters over the past few months]


Lancashire County Councillor Gina Dowding, who is one of the councillors taking part in this direct action, stated:

"It's abundantly clear that when it comes to fracking, local councils have been rendered weak and helpless. I feel I need to be here with the community to say that we won't roll over and accept this. We are putting our bodies on the line because our voices haven't been heard."

[PIC: There's been an increased police presence on the site at Preston New Road]


Fylde Borough Councillor for Warton and Westby, Julie Brickles, stated:

"I'm sometimes called the anti-fracking councillor. I strongly disagree with this: I'm the pro-community councillor and Westby is my community. Residents are rightly scared and we have now run out of options."

Kirkham Town Councillor, Miranda Cox said:

"When your community and family is threatened, you are often left with little choice but to take direct action. As a councillor and member of this community, I have been left with no more alternatives. I feel our way of life locally is under attack by an industry that, backed by a distant central government, is seeking to turn Fylde and Lancashire into the largest gas field in Europe. I cannot stand by and allow this mass industrialisation to happen."

Growing protests by local community members have been taking place every day at Preston New Road in Lancashire since the start of 2017, slowing and often halting Cuadrilla's work to prepare the site for drilling. Sustained opposition has caused months of delays, and millions of pounds of losses for Cuadrilla, and supply chain companies are cancelling their contracts. A new survey has shown that 66% of Lancashire residents oppose fracking near their homes.

The action today is part of Reclaim the Power's Rolling Resistance month of action supporting local community efforts to resist fracking in Lancashire.

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