A haulage company has said it will not deliver to fracking companies after a protester climbed onto the cab outside Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire this morning.
Cuadrilla said the protest was in breach of a High Court injunction granted last year against its site at Preston New Road near Blackpool.
After the protest, the lorry driver said:
“Haselden Plant Services won’t be delivering any machines to Cuadrilla sites, any fracking sites, ever again. I’m not going through this **** **** any more.”
Lancashire Police said the incident happened at about 11am. A spokesperson said:
“One man helped to slow down the lorry. One man got on top of the lorry.”
The spokesperson said the incident ended at about 1.15pm. A 45-year-old man and a 32-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of wilful obstruction of the highway. At the time of writing, they had not been charged and remained in custody. A contraflow on Preston New Road has been lifted and traffic is moving normally.
In a statement, Cuadrilla said:
“Cuadrilla has no objection to peaceful, law-abiding protest. However, today an activist climbed onto the roof of a wagon approaching our shale gas exploration site on Preston New Road causing inconvenience and disruption to road users on the highway.
“Our employees, contractors, and suppliers and the general public using the Preston New Road should be able to go about their lawful business without intimidation and unlawful blockades from activists.
“This activity is a clear breach of a High Court Injunction issued last year, which prohibits climbing onto, or slow walking in front of, vehicles accessing or leaving our site.”
- Yesterday, the Blackpool Gazette reported that five anti-fracking protesters had been found not guilty of wilful obstruction of the highway following a lock-on protest outside the Preston New Road site in July 2018. They argued successfully that, despite a contraflow, there had not been a significant effect on traffic flows.