Opponents of Cuadrilla’s shale gas operation near Blackpool dressed in hazard suits yesterday to draw attention to their concerns about emergencies on fracking sites.
The on-going United Resistance protest called for full public disclosure of all fluids and liquids transported and used by the site at Preston New Road.
Campaigners said they wanted to highlight what they said was a lack of regulatory powers and preparation to deal with emergencies, such as spillages.
DrillOrDrop reported earlier today that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had twice refused to respond to a Freedom of Information request about emergency planning at Preston New Road.
Anti-fracking campaigner, Tina Rothery, said:
“Our Local Plan has not been updated to include the specific risks of fracking. Police have been seen surrounding a delivery that was being manually offloaded from one truck to another outside Maple Farm during a protest action.
“They did not know the contents of the containers. When they were asked, they replied that they were sure ‘Cuadrilla would say if the load was dangerous’. The police stood by whilst the load was transferred.
“Cuadrilla’s employees, along with police and campaigners, are at direct risk if chemicals that are being transported are involved in an accident.”
Ms Rothery asked:
“Do we trust that the people responsible or police on duty, have enough awareness of the risks of the types of materials that will be travelling in increasing amounts on our roads? Do they have the infrastructure to deal with any spillages?”
During the so-called Toxic Thursday protest, campaigners accused officers of heavy-handed policing.
DrillOrDrop asked Lancashire Police to comment on the allegation. This post will be updated with any response.
A woman campaigner climbed on to the cab of a lorry delivering to Preston New Road early yesterday afternoon.
She remained for about 10 hours before volunteering to come down at 12.30am today, when she was arrested. Lancashire Police were unable to say whether she had been charged.
Anti-fracking protesters placed dolls at the entrance of the Preston New Road site this morning.
They said the Funeral Friday protest aimed to draw attention to infant health issues and miscarriages reported by midwives in Utah working with families living near active fracking sites.
The event, part of the ongoing United Resistance protest against fracking in Lancashire, also included a funeral march and service outside the site.