Reaction to suppliers quitting fracking contracts



Cuadrilla, its supporters and opponents have made statements this afternoon following the decision by two contractors to stop working at the Preston New Road fracking site.

Just before 9am today, Moore Readymix said a protest blockade outside its depot in St Anne’s had given it no alternative but to cease supplies to the site being prepared for shale gas exploration. (DrillOrDrop report)

Yesterday at 1pm, Armstrong Aggregates said it was terminating all work with Cuadrilla following a blockade at Montcliffe Quarry in Horwich. (DrillOrDrop report)

Frack Free Lancashire

“There have been and will continue to be peaceful protests wherever this unwanted industry imposes itself on a community. People are exercising their legal right to protest against fracking when all three levels of our democratically-elected officials have rejected it. In Lancashire, a parish, a borough and a county council all said a loud and clear no to the fracking industry.

“There are still outstanding legal challenges ongoing against Cuadrilla and the Secretary of State, yet Cuadrilla have chosen to disrespect this and relentlessly press forward with their work on the Preston New Road site before the High Court cases are heard. Did Cuadrilla honestly believe communities would stand back and watch this destruction continue, unchallenged?

“The fact that both Armstrongs Group and Moore’s Readymix have recently chosen not to continue working with Cuadrilla, is clearly their own business, but we are extremely pleased that they have reassessed their relationship with an industry that has no democratic place nor social license in our communities.”

Frack Free Lancashire added that it condemned all violence against peaceful protesters. A protester was hurt in a collision with a vehicle at Moore’s Readymix Concrete earlier today. Frack Free Lancashire said witnesses had made statements that some drivers had been incited to “run over protesters”.

Cuadrilla Resources

“The intimidation and bullying by hard line activists who are from outside the area against some of our North West suppliers is disgraceful.

“They are preventing hardworking people from running their businesses and earning their living.  Whilst we empathise with suppliers who take the difficult decision to terminate contracts with us due to unrelenting intimidation we and our main contractors will not be brow beaten by a small group of irresponsible bullies.

“Lancashire jobs and revenue opportunities are at stake and we will not allow activists to rob the county of those.”

Lancashire For Shale

Tim Freshney, a steering Group member and a financial backer of the group which supports Cuadrilla’s operation, said:

“People have a legitimate right to peaceful protest, but some of what we’ve seen in recent days goes above and beyond this. We find it totally unacceptable that small employers are being targeted with blockades and intimidated into withdrawing from contracts.”

56 replies »

  1. I’m not even a member of FOE, Martin, but have just looked them up and as soon as I am able to contribute financially, I most certainly will, so thank you for that!
    I’m old enough also to have seen the destruction and lack of countryside everywhere I go and well informed enough to knowI that hydraulic fracturing will be the last nail in the coffin for the British countryside and people living therein. And tourism, the end of, oh, apart from London. Everyone wants to go to London, they can cut nice business deals out with Tory Ministers + their family members, to frack a land they don’ t even know or live in.

  2. Ok hballpeenyahoocom,

    What we will do is let the general public decide……..

    These world leading organisations, headed by professors, doctors of science, medicine and engineering who all warn of the serious potential DANGERS of fracking,

    Just Google any of the following below, (as it reads) to read their reports. Links to any of the following can be provided, if required.

    NOBEL PEACE PRIZE winners, ( PSR ) Physicians For Social Responsibility, fracking

    DEFRA, fracking report


    BREAST CANCER FUND, fracking

    BREAST CANCER UK, fracking

    STOP CANCER NOW, Fracking and your health, 24 February

    PREVENT CANCER NOW, Fracking shale gas and health, a case for precaution.

    CAPE’s position statement on fracking , June 2014.


    headlined…. Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens, skyrocket near fracking sites.

    BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL fracking ….. public health England’s draft report on shale gas extraction. The BMJ.

    Maybe you would also like to comment on the article published on the Guardian Newspaper 30th March 2015, HEADLINED. ….. Doctors And Academics Call For Ban On Inherently Risky Fracking.

    SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY fracking …. scientific review reveals public health and data gaps.

    PHYSICIANS, SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS FOR PUBLIC HEALTHY ENERGY ( PSE ) fracking ……. and read the many reports published by them regarding the dangers of fracking

    Or maybe you prefer the word of hballpeenyahoocom, who discredits all of the above with zero evidence. The choice is yours ladies and gentlemen .

  3. Even the UK insurance industry, who’s sole job is to calculate risk, do NOT like fracking .

    Anyone living in flood areas where fracking licences exploration licences have been issued, could face home insurance difficulties.

    Maybe the insurance industry have also got it wrong hballpeenyahoocom.

    • THANK YOU hballpeenyahoocom for bringing forward the topic of US energy.

      EVEN insiders of the US Fracking industry are sceptical of this, so called great industry, as this indepth investigation by the New York Times shows.

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