Protest update: 13-19 February 2017


Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire, 16 February 2017. Photo: Ami Roberts

In this week’s post:

  • Six-person lock-on at Preston New Road
  • Possession order issued at protection camp near Blackpool
  • Demonstration at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest

This post is updated throughout the week. Please let us know about news you think DrillorDrop should be reporting on this post.

Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire

16 February 2017

7.30am (approx): six people locked themselves together in the entrance to Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road. The road has remained open to traffic.

9.55am: police began arresting people taking part in the protest under Section 14 of the Public Order Act. Lancashire Police said five men, aged 23-55 from Blackpool were arrested along with a 51-year-old woman. Another man, 53, has been reported for summons.

11.40: Police removing protesters from pipes

The protest lasted about seven hours.


Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashie, 16 February 2017. Photo: Ami Roberts


Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire, 16 February 2017. Photo: Ami Roberts


Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire, 16 February 2017. Photo: from a live stream video by Danny Nicholson


Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire, 16 February 2017. Photo: from live stream video by Hilary Whitehead


Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire, 16 February 2017. Photo: from live stream video by Danny Nicholson


Protester removal team at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire. 16 February 2017. Photo: John Hobson

Protection Camp, Dugdale Close, Blackpool

17 February 2017

A possession order was served on a protection camp at Dugdale Close, Blackpool.


Protection camp, Whitehills, Blackpool, 17 February 2017. Photo: Ami Roberts

A E Yates, Bolton

14 February 2017


A E Yates, Bolton, 14 February 2017. Photo: Peter Yankowski

Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Nottingham

18 February 2017

About 100 people gathered at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest to protest at plans by INEOS to explore for shale gas in the area.


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29 replies »

  1. They seem to protest over nothing. There is nothing but empty green field in the back ground. There’s no work done by Cuadrilla by the look of it.

    • Tw, if you do your research you will find that what is nothing now will develop into a national catastrophe that will blight the lives of any children or grandchildren you may of may not have!

      • or as Francis Egan puts it “the largest gas field in Western Europe”

        TW – that empty green field comment let you down I’m afraid.

  2. The extent of the works is actually huge. You need to be there to see it. As of yesterday they have stripped off all the soil for the actual well pad and there is a large builders compound/parking area plus access road. No rigs or other equipment on site yet.

    • Thanks Barbara for the clarification. I think the protesters have taken a toll on Cuadrilla’s program and progess if that was all they achieved in all these weeks. The works look large in size but it is nothing in the grant scheme of things. I think they are running behind schedule.

      • The works will result in Cuadrilla turning the Fylde into “the largest gas field in Western Europe’ That is not “nothing in the grand scheme of things”, but yes they are defnitely running behind schedule. We believe about 2 weeks behind after 4 weeks..

        • The largest gas field in Western Europe must be Groningen: After two previous unsuccessful wells were commissioned to search for oil and gas, on 22 July 1959, the Slochteren 1 well, drilling to a depth of 3,000 metres (9,800 ft), discovered the huge 2.8 trillion cubic meters (100 trillion cubic feet) gas field in the porous Rotliegend sandstone formation, which is 130 metres (430 ft) to 140 metres (460 ft) thick and 45 kilometres (28 mi) long from north to south by 25 kilometres (16 mi) long from east to west. The field started production in 1963 and produced around 100 billion cubic meters (3.57 trillion cubic feet) per year in the first decade of production but gradually the annual production fell to around 35 billion cubic meters (1.25 trillion cubic feet) per year.[1][2] As of 2009 the Groningen gas field has produced around 1,700 billion cubic meters (60.7 trillion cubic feet) which represents 60% of the total reserves of the field but the remaining 1,100 billion cubic meters (39.3 trillion cubic feet) are expected to last for another 50 years.

          The Groningen gas field is operated by the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil with each company owning a 50% share. The field accounts for 50% of the natural gas production in the Netherlands, the other 50% being supplied by around 300 smaller gas fields, most of them located offshore in the North Sea.

          Cuadrilla will be lucky to get bigger than this in the Fylde.

          Comes with earthquakes as well……

      • Moderator – can we have some action on the angry rants from this hostile individual? The reason that he bristles at the reference to the anti-frack mafia, is that it hits home. For evidence look no further than the recent obstruction of local contractor facilities by the anti-frack mob. If this is not racketeering, I don’t know what is.

        Business Owner: Hey you lazy anti-fracking troublemakers, get out of the way, our trucks need to get out on the road so we can be paid for our work.

        Anti-frack mobster: Well, well, well, it looks like we gots ourselves a problem here. We ain’t goin’ anywheres.

        Business Owner: Look, we just want to do our work and live our lives peacefully. My employees live paycheck to paycheck and you are taking food out of their families mouths by blocking our way.

        Anti-frack mobster: Well, maybe we can make a deal – if yous knows what I’s sayin’? You don’t bring the goods to Cuadrilla, and we’s gets outta yous ways. How ’bout it there fella? As long as yous plays by our rules, we got no problems and we see that yous is takin’ care of! We’ll come back every week and as long as yous is playin’ fair we lay off. Capiche? Oh, and you got some food or somehting for us?

        Business Owner: This is outrageous but I have no choice to bend to your wishes because my business won’t make it otherwise.

        The End.

        Definition of Racket/Racketeering: “A racket is a service that is fraudulently offered to solve a problem, such as for a problem that does not exist, that will not be put into effect, or that would not otherwise exist if the racket did not exist. Conducting a racket is racketeering.[1] Particularly, the potential problem may be caused by the same party that offers to solve it, although that fact may be concealed, with the specific intent to engender continual patronage for this party. The most common example of a racket is the “protection racket.” The racket itself promises to protect the target business or person from dangerous individuals in the neighborhood; then either collects their money or causes the damages to the business until the owner pays. The racket exists as both the problem and its solution and is used as a method of extortion.”

      • Or he’s just wasting taxpayer money, lying around like a bum, using police resources and slowing the pace of commerce for a small community for no good reason, since we know that anti-frackers have not been able to prove that fracking causes harm to humans in a systemic or widespread fashion.

    • Wrong TW – I do not believe Phil C smokes, he is far too smart. Interesting that at least two of the locked on (hopefully soon to be locked up) protestors are smoking. Why protest about potential pollution from Cuadrilla – the tobacco will do far mored damage to them.

  3. John-have you not heard of passive smoking?? Non smokers have NO CHOICE but to suffer the pollution from smokers and the consequences.

    That ‘photo just about sums up the lame position certain people will take, and others will justify it without even noticing the image it presents to the wider public. I just hope the courts will calculate the guy has enough income to waste (literally) in a cloud of smoke and set the costs accordingly.

  4. I can say this without worrying about being censored by the ASA. Smoking is proven to have kill people. Smoking is likely to give people cancer. Smoking cause pollution and health risks to other people (via passive smoking). Smoking do not cause earthquake. Smoking cost national health care a lot of money. In their entire history smoking has directly killed a lot more people and destroy lives.

    That’s gentleman protester is an embarrassing example of the anti fracking activists mobs. Just to show the logical thinking and their understanding of science.

  5. And I hope he put his cigarette butt into a rubbish bin. Otherwise he will be cited for littering adding a long list of offfence he committed today.

  6. I would suggest a 20 mile exclusion zone be established around the Cuadrilla site, excluding “Protectors” for a period of several years until a vast array of monitoring equipment can be installed at the “Protectors” expense to prove 100% none of the contractors will suffer 30 years in the future from lung cancer caused by passive smoking. Would be a tremendous bit of research, that our children could Google continuously! They might even find a share price for Cuadrilla then.

    During a “lock in” are you making yourself available for work??

  7. There is a truly beautiful irony to Martin and TW apparently not being aware of the struggle medical professionals had to prove the damaging effects of smoking over a lengthy period of time, and the fact that a large part of that struggle was due to the tobacco industry using the same PR company to sow doubt in the mind of regulatory authorities as is used by the fracking industry in the States. H&K strategies used to be know as Hill and Knowlton back in the day. Google them.

    The parallels between what happened with tobacco and what is emerging with fracking are rather interesting for those who have enquiring minds.

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