In this update of protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:
- Final action of Reclaim the Power’s Break the Chain protest at fracking supply companies
- 24-hour lorry protest at Preston New Road
- Lock-on at Maxx Piling Stockholders in Horwich, Bolton
- Blockade at Eddie Stobart depot near Rugby
This post will be updated throughout the week with any new activities and events.
10 April 2017
Bell Pottinger, central London
About 40 activists from the anti-fracking group, Reclaim the Power, staged what they called an “animal-themed intervention” at the central London offices of the PR company, Bell Pottinger.
Dressed as animals, including zebras, monkeys and squid, the activists threw leaves and animal manure and left messages reading “Break the Chain” and “We said No”.
The action was part of Reclaim the Power’s Break the Chain 14-day protest targeting the shale gas supply chain.
The group said it had picked Bell Pottinger because it had represented Cuadrilla and now worked for Centrica, a partner in shale gas licences.
Kim Bishop, of the group, said:
“This is the year that the fight against fracking intensifies. With the government not listening to the overwhelming opposition to fracking, people are having to stop it themselves. Now is the time to escalate action and call on suppliers to break their links with this industry nobody wants.
“As the frackers try to push forward with their plans we’re fighting back, supporting the communities who have held off the industry for six years. The movement to stop fracking is bigger and bolder than ever before and is growing. This fortnight of action is a call out to everyone opposed to fracking to join in resistance.”
Photos: Reclaim the Power
11-12 April 2017
Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire
A 42-year-old man climbed on top of a lorry delivering stone to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at about 3pm. The man was arrested about 24 hours later after police officers climbed onto the lorry and it was driven onto the site.
Maxx Piling Stockholders, Horwich, Bolton
Anti-fracking campaigners blockaded this site early on 11 April 2017. They said the company had been supplying Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site.
Eddie Stobart depot, Drift South Logistics Centre, near Rugby
Campaigners blockaded this site at 7am on 11 April in protest at deliveries by the company’s vehicles to Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton.
A statement by the company said:
“During March, one of our tankers was sub-contracted to a company that made three deliveries to Cuadrilla. These deliveries have now ceased. We have verbally agreed with protesters that we have no plans to deliver into this site or other proposed locations.
“Therefore we are disappointed to see further protests on an Eddie Stobart site today.”