Over 250 people were reported to have joined a rally at Cuadrilla’s shale gas site today to mark a year of opposition to the development.
Residents from the Fylde coast in Lancashire were joined by representatives from communities across England facing fracking.
Anti-fracking groups travelled from Cumbria, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Somerset to join Frack Free Lancashire in a demonstration at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton.
A year ago today, Cuadrilla began work at the site, expected to see drilling and fracking the UK’s first horizontal shale gas wells. Since then, there have daily protests outside the site.
Frack Free Lancashire called the event Black Friday. But the group said there was a carnival atmosphere with music and speeches, and local police mingling with protesters.
A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:
“It has been a full year now since Cuadrilla started work on this pad. A year in which there has been a continual presence of local people at the side of the road, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
“A year in which residents have been witnesses to what is happening on and around the site. This has ensured that Cuadrilla is aware, in no uncertain terms, of the growing discontent of the local community as they have continued their uphill struggle to force this industry upon an unwilling community.
“A year in which, in spite of a lot of promises, Cuadrilla have disappointed their investors by failing to frack a single well. Frack Free Lancashire have stood united and proud against this unwelcome industry for a full year and will continue to do so for as long as it takes.”