A group of cyclists completed a 120-mile ride this afternoon between sites in Lancashire and Yorkshire where fracking is due to take place.
The journey, called the “tour de frack”, started at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road yesterday morning (27 April) and ended at Kirby Misperton, where Third Energy has permission to frack its KM8 well.
David Davis and Stuart Leach were joined by other cyclists along the route, which involved climbing over 6,500ft.
They undertook the challenge because they said the pleasure they got from cycling would be reduced by the government’s fracking policy, particularly in northern England.
The second day of the event coincided with the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. Its route from Bridlington to Scarborough is almost entirely licensed for oil and gas exploration to shale gas companies Cuadrilla, INEOS and Third Energy.
David and Stuart said:
“This industry is a major threat to the environment, tourism and the enjoyment of cycling. All will be badly affected by the associated increase in HGV traffic which will have to use country roads to take water, chemicals and equipment to fracking sites and then remove toxic waste water.”
The tour de frack passed Roseacre Wood, the second site that Cuadrilla wants to explore for shale gas in the Fylde district of Lancashire.
Barbara Richardson, of Roseacre Awareness Group, thanked the riders for raising awareness about the industry and its impact on cycling, tourism and the environment.
“Cycling is especially popular in and around Roseacre and we fear a large influx of HGV’s on our narrow rural lanes would pose a significant risk to all vulnerable road users a fact not missed by the Planning Inspector at the recent Public Inquiry”.
27 April 2017
Photos Top left: at Higham, near Burnley (Protect Ryedale); top right: the view of Yorkshire (Protect Ryedale); bottom: the boundary between Yorkshire and Lancashire (Caroline Davis)
28 April 2017
Photos Left: Little Ouseburn (Protect Ryedale); top right: Ilkley to Pannal (Protect Ryedale); centre right: Howardian Hills (Peter Coates); bottom right: Amotherby (Protect Ryedale)