Protest update: 24-30 July 2017

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“Where’s Wally?”  protest at Preston New Road shale gas site, 24 July 2017. Photo: Reclaim the Power

In this week’s update on protests about fracking and the onshore oil and gas industry:

  • Where’s Wally? lock-on protest at Preston New Road
  • Anti-fracking carnival
  • Marathon lorry protest
  • Car lock-ons

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

28 July 2017

Anti-fracking carnival

Reclaim the Power said more than 200 people took part in a mass demonstration outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site near Blackpool. The event included live music, circus performers, children’s activities and speeches, the group said.

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Anti-fracking carnival at Preston New Road, 28 July 2017. Photo: Reclaim the Power

27 July 2017

Car lock-ons

Two people who locked themselves in a car outside the Preston New Road site were released by police and arrested. Another pair were released from a separate car earlier in the day. DrillOrDrop report

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Photo: Reclaim the Power

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Photo: Cheryl Atkinson

25 July 2017

Lorry protest, Preston New Road shale gas site

A marathon so-called “lorry surfing” protest began at 8am when the first of several campaigners climbed on top of lorries delivering to Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas site. A second protester climbed onto a separate vehicle three hours later and a third person joined at 6am on Wednesday 26 July.  DrillOrDrop report and update

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Lorry protest, 27 July 2017. Photo: Ros Wills

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Sit down protest, 25 July 2017. Photo: Sally Moss

A group of people also took part in a sit-down protest in the road at the site entrance.

24 July 2017

Where’s Wally protest

Four people, dressed as the “Where’s Wally?” character in red and white striped jumpers, blocked the entrance to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool this morning.

The national campaign group, Reclaim the Power, said the group, some of whom were from Oxford, used arm tubes to form a barrier preventing vehicles entering or leaving the site.

The action, which is part of a month-long Rolling Resistance, was accompanied by music from the political folk rock band, Seize the Day.

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Seize the Day folk band. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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Banners at Preston New Road. Photo: Reclaim the Power

Reclaim the Power said this was the 16th working day that had seen disruption at the site on Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.

Alice Smith, who took part in the action, said

“We are here today because Cuadrilla are taking us for wallies by undermining local democracy and putting the environment at risk by pursuing fracking in Lancashire. But the real Wally is Cuadrilla as it becomes clearer that the fracking industry has no future in the UK.”

Another activist, Henry Grove, said:

“We can still have fun while opposing fracking by poking fun at Cuadrilla. There was a positive, carnival atmosphere outside the site today, which just goes to show the overwhelming support from the local community for the protests.”

Lancashire Police closed part of the road until about 3pm today. A spokesperson said four people had been arrested. A 26-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman were accused of obstructing the highway. A 38-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were accused of offences under the Trades Union and Labour Relations (consolidation) Act.


24-30 July 2017

17-23 July 2017

10-16 July 2017

3-9 July 2017

26 June-2 July 2017

19-25 June 2017

12-18 June 2017

5-11 June 2017

29 May-4 June 2017

22-28 May 2017

15-21 May 2017

8-14 May 2017

1-7 May 2017

24-30 April 2017

17-23 April 2017

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

12 replies »

  1. Think ill start saving these images and create a folder on Shutterstock “Badly Dressed Leftie Stereotypes”.

  2. The left is no longer the left. It is getting more extreme in their activism and more corporate like in their organizational operation. It attracts the naive got-nothing-to-do crowd who think they are heroic and solving the world problem by lying on the road. A bit like children if they dont get they want they just throw a tamtrum rolling on the floor.

      • If you go far enough to the right, eventually you will return to the same spot from the left, oh, but of course, to a Frack Earther, there is no left is there? Only an eternal right?
        One enormous blinker. Half the world? Just not there is it?

  3. “A positive carnival atmosphere” yes, with only four arrests!

    One will be forgotten tomorrow, the other will be recorded as the log of what happened.

    All going swimmingly.

  4. Well the party and carnivals will be forgotten but the criminal records on arrested protesters will be permanent. While the anti fracking organizers keep collecting the credits guilt-free.

    • Like the industry fracking safety and accident record you mean?
      Now that really is a criminal record!

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