Opponents of shale gas have promised “an unprecedented month of resistance against fracking in the UK”, starting tomorrow (1 July 2017).
Called the “Rolling Resistance”, the action comes as Cuadrilla prepares to begin drilling at its shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool.
The organisers, the direct-action network, Reclaim the Power, said:
“The Rolling Resistance will see creative and disruptive actions against fracking every single working day through the month of July.”
The start of the action coincides with the launch of a community information hub near the Preston New Road site.
A spokesperson for Reclaim the Power said:
“What happens at Preston New Road is a litmus test for the future prospects of the whole fracking industry. Reclaim the Power aims to stop fracking in its tracks at this flagship site, continue to quake investor confidence in this unproven, risky industry, and support and reinforce the ongoing resistance of local people against fracking in Lancashire.”
The spokesperson said groups opposed to fracking would “deliver a month of creative actions, public demonstrations, skill-sharing, workshops, direct action training, entertainment and family-friendly activities – saying no to fracking in Lancashire, and no to fracking anywhere else in the UK.”
Previous actions by Reclaim the Power have included anti-fracking action camps in Blackpool, Balcombe and at Didcot Power station, two weeks of action targeting the fracking industry’s supply chain this April, and shutting down the UK’s largest open cast coal mine in Wales in 2016.
A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said:
“People have a right to lawful protest which we respect. That said professional activists, under instruction from London based Reclaim the Power, have a track record of both preventing Lancashire businesses carrying out their lawful work and of seriously disrupting Lancashire commuters going about their daily business.
“We hope that there won’t be a repeat performance this time and if there is that the Lancashire police and judiciary will protect business and individual rights against illegal and intimidatory protest tactics.”
- The “Rolling Resistance” is launched tomorrow (Saturday 1 July) at 12noon-4pm, Maple Farm, Preston New Road PR4 3PE, with speakers including: Dominic M’Benga, Director of 4navitas, a local renewable energy company; Mike Hill, a chartered engineer; and Councillor Miranda Cox, Kirkham Town Councillor. The event also sees the unveiling of a Community Action Hub at Maple Farm, an exhibition and information point about fracking in Lancashire and the other energy solutions.
DrillOrDrop’s diary of events in July will be published later today.