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
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28 July 2017
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.
27 July 2017
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
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
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.
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.