Anti-fracking opponents from across the country took part in a mass “dance-off” protest outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site near Blackpool today.
The event, called Jig at the Rig, was organised by the national campaign group, Reclaim the Power. The group was behind yesterday’s blockade of the site off Preston New Road (DrillOrDrop report).
The event included a “live ceilidh of resistance”, poetry, pub quiz, fancy dress and speeches.
It is followed tomorrow by Reclaim the Power’s national gathering in Blackpool. Details
Lancashire Police said it had extra officers on duty today to, in its words, facilitate peaceful protest and the lawful business of the wider community.
In a statement issued yesterday, Cuadrilla’s Chief Executive, Francis Egan, said:
“We respect the right to lawful protest and ask Reclaim The Power to adhere to this and respect the right for local people, including our own employees and contractors, to go about their daily business without any hindrance.”
Starting in April, campaigners are planning three months of what they call “targeted resistance” in opposition to the Preston New Road site.