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Picture Post: “No to fracking, yes to dancing” – Jig at the Rig protest

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Jig at the Rig event, Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at Preston New Road, near Blackpool, 16 March 2018. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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

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Jig at the Rig event, outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, near Blackpool, 16 March 2018. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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Jig at the Rig event, outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, near Blackpool, 16 March 2018. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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Jig at the Rig event, outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, near Blackpool, 16 March 2018. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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Jig at the Rig event, outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, near Blackpool, 16 March 2018. Photo: Reclaim the Power

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.

26 replies »

  1. Well, still not run out of gas, despite a second beast from the East. We need to leave ALL untapped oil and gas reserves IN THE GROUND to meet our Paris Climate change obligations and avoid the 2 degrees warming that could be a tipping point for some serious climate change impacts:more extreme weather, widespread crop failures, famine. More genuinely sustainable renewable energy and insulation / energy efficiency/ battery storage measures. Third Energy are sending the begging bowl around, and they are mostly owned by Barclays Bank! These are toxic assets, mounting debt, mounting public opposition to fracking.

    • The good news is renewable energy generation is winning; the bad news is if your pension fund is still investing in fossil fuels; enjoy the rest of the evening…

  2. No Sherwulfe, the bad news is if your pension fund is investing in a company not making a profit and not paying dividends, but might be funding a tremendous lifestyle for a few. How’s Tesla doing in that respect?

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