Protest update: 23-29 January 2017


Direct action at Preston New Road, 27 January 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

In this week’s update on protests about fracking and onshore oil and gas in the UK:

  • Arrests and visitors to the protest outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site
  • The first “Solidarity Saturday”
  • Pop-up protest at Cuadrilla contractor, A E Yates
  • Protest outside Barclays in Huddersfield
  • Frack free cakes at Kirby Misperton
  • Slow walking continues at Brockham

Please let us know about news you think DrillorDrop should be reporting on this post.

Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire

23 January 2017


Entertainment from the Liverpool Socialist Singers, Preston New Road, 23 January 2017. Photo: Richard Marshall

24 January 2017


Preston New Road, 24 January 2017. Photo: Tina Rothery

26 January 2017


Preston New Road, 26 January 2017. Photo:Tina Rothery

Opponents of Cuadrilla’s operations have been recording what they regard as breaches of the planning conditions. Lancashire County Council said today it would take no action over lorries turning right into the site, in breach of the Traffic Management Plan. DrillOrDrop report and photos

27 January 2017

Direct action and two arrests.


Preston New Road, 27 January 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

Arrest (still from video by Chizel69) and release in the early hours of the following day (Photo: Darren Miller)


Preston New Road, 27 January 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

28 January 2017

Solidarity Saturday at Maple Farm, Preston New Road. Photos by Ros Wills (left top and bottom) and Tina Rothery (right)

 A E Yates, Lostock, Bolton

23 January 2017


Protest outside A E Yates, tCuadrila’s site contrator for Preston New Road, 23 January 2017. Photo: Frank Hill

Brockham Protection Camp, Surrey

On 27 January, Angus Energy took down its the workover rig at the site. The day before it reported potential hydrocarbons in three formations. The company said it was preparing to leave the site and DrillOrDrop understands the protection camp will then disband. Following complaints about 24-hour working, Surrey County Council revealed emergency work was needed on the well. DrillOrDrop report.

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Slow walk protest on 26 January 2017. Photo: Brockham Protection Camp

 Kirby Misperton Protection Camp, North Yorkshire

25 January 2017


Kirby Misperton Protection Camp, 25 January 2017. Photo: Ian Crane

28 January 2017

Opponents of Third Energy’s plans to frack at Kirby Misperton took their protest to the company’s funder, Barclays Bank.


Campaigners outside Barclays Bank in Huddersfield, 28 January 2017. Photo: Chayley Collis

29 January 2017


“Frack Free Food” at Kirby Misperton Protection Camp. Photo: Derek Chapman


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9 replies »

  1. Strange how the Protectors were hauled off to the nick for minor alleged offences but the moronic HGV driver who delliberatly did his best to main or kill the elderly Protectors has still not been prosecuted?
    Trouble will result from the police, who are paid by the public to enforce the law without fear or favour and ensure public safety, seeming to side with Cuadrilla!
    That’s the Cuadrilla who have history, like Blair, of being non-stick!
    All very strange!

  2. Just a comment about the pic.
    The woman who is holding the sign “It used to be nice here”. Yes that’s correct. It used to be until the swampy camp was put up by the protesters.

    [Comment edited by moderator].

    • Just for the record, TW, the lady wearing the mask is a friend of mine who stands unfailingly everyday along with many other local residents, myself included, in atrocious weather conditions to exercise her right to protest against Cuadrilla’s fracking plans in order to protect her family. She suffers very badly from asthma. The pollution from standing for at least 6 hours a day, 1 metre away from an extremely busy main road with building operations just across that road meant my friend was having to constantly use her asthma inhaler.
      TW’s snide remarks and quick condemnation of a lady wearing a mask for purely safety reasons is typical of the ignorance and arrogance of pro frackers, who have no regard for the health of the local population who are having fracking foisted upon them by a government who has completely ignoried all local safety and democracy

  3. Not at all! hoping to stay healthy, lots of traffic fumes around, no wind to disperse them today.
    Do the locals realise how unhealthy it would become if Fracking actually gets started on an industrial scale?
    Of course those downwind will cop it first, that the Wensley farmer’s family then all the people who have just bought very expensive homes further down the main road at Kirkham. I wonder if this was on the sales brochures, the pre-contract enquiries or the mortgage applications?
    Oh dear! Oh well, ‘caveat emptor’ as they say!

      • TW. Please see my reply above. I understood this website was being moderated in order to prevent nasty, personal completely unfounded remarks such as yours. And for the record, the lady in question does have a job and has nothing to hide. Furthermore if I was her employer I would be proud that she chooses to spend her free time helping to protect her community and their environment.

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