Campaigners in Lancashire are planning a national climate rally near Cuadrilla’s shale gas site later this month.
The event, called a National Climate Crisis Rally, comes as Cuadrilla prepares for the first frack of a horizontal shale gas well in the UK. It will also be the UK’s first high volume hydraulic fracture since 2011, when fracking near Blackpool was linked to earthquakes.
A spokesperson for the organisers, Frack Free Lancashire, said:
“The industry and its friends in government should be in no doubt that their unsustainable pet project of yet more fossil fuels has no place in a modern-day energy strategy, and that any attempt to force fracking onto unwilling communities will be met with continued protest and resistance.”
The event, on Saturday 20 October 2018, is at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, near Blackpool, FY4 5RN. It is due to start at midday and is expected to feature speeches from trades unions, politicians and campaign organisations. The organisers said the event will include entertainment and food and culminate in a walk to the fracking site.
Frack Free Lancashire said:
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report this week that leaves no doubt that “business as usual” in terms of energy generation and the link to global warming, is simply not an option.”
The group added:
“All concerned organisations, groups and individuals are urged to come together for a national rally. Anti-fracking and climate groups from across the country will be welcomed, along with faith groups, trade unions and NGOs.
“It will be a day of solidarity and good spirits, with continued support for the campaign of the “Free the Three”, following the unprecedented imprisonment of three anti-fracking campaigners after peaceful protests in Lancashire during 2017.”
- Anti-fracking campaigner, Bob Dennett, is at the High Court in London this afternoon for his application for an injunction against fracking at Preston New Road. Mr Dennett is seeking a judicial review of emergency planning arrangements for the site. DrillOrDrop will be reporting from the hearing.