Protest update: 5-11 June 2017

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Nine-person lock-on outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site, 8am 9 June 2017. Photo: Fargo McCann

In this week’s update:

  • Post-election lock-on outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site
  • First lock-on at UKOG’s Broadford Bridge site
  • Overnight watch for the arrival of drilling rig
  • Dawn vigil in West Sussex

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

11 June 2017

Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton

New protest camp established on the verge outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site.

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Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, 11 June 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

10 June 2017

Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton

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Preston New Road, 10 June 2017. Photo: Maria Varley

Campaigners have been siting outside Cuadrilla’s Lancashire shale gas site waiting for the arrival of the drilling rig.

9 June 2017

Cuadrilla’s shale gas site, Preston New Road, Little Plumpton

Nine anti-fracking campaigners locked themselves together, some under  parked vehicles, outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site early this morning. One lane of Preston New Road was closed by police while they were removed.  Photos: Cheryl Atkinson and Ami Roberts.

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The protest coincided with a “Pirates’ day event” outside the Preston New Road site.

Lancashire Police later reported that nine people had been charged with obstructing the highway and an offence under the Trades Union and Labour Relations Act. Catherine Jackson, of Fleetwood, will appear before Blackpool Magistrates on 10 July 2017. David Eaton, of Blackpool, and Jonathan Black, of no fixed address, will be in court on 17 July. Liz Beck, of no fixed address, John Knox and Alan Mitchell, of Blackpool and Barbara Cookson, of Liverpool, appear on 24 July. Mark Taylor, of Blackpool and Lee Walsh, of no fixed address, are in court on 31 July.

5 June 2017

Woodbarn Farm, Broadford Bridge, near Billingshurst

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Photo: Weald Oil Watch

Three campaigners were arrested after they chained themselves together outside the gates to UKOG’s oil exploration site in West Sussex. They were charged with using violence or intimidation on person, family or property to compel activity or abstention from lawful activity. A police spokesperson said the three were bailed to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 4 July 2017. More details and pictures

The protest coincided with a dawn vigil at the site entrance to mark World Environment Day.

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Photo: Weald Oil Watch


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1-7 May 2017

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10-16 April 2017

3-9 April 2017

20 March-2 April 2017

13-19 March 2017

6-12 March 2017

26 February-5 March 2017

20-26 February 2017

13-19 February 2017

6-12 February 2017

30 January-5 February 2017

23-29 January 2017

16-22 January 2017

7-13 January 2017

1-6 January 2017

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