Communities Resisting Fracking Threats In Lancashire And Yorkshire
Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire
Preparations are almost complete for hydraulic fracturing tests in North Yorkshire, with the fracking company trying to bring equipment onto the site at Kirby Misperton, and the community resisting. There is an ongoing blockade, with daily events and actions. There is a long running camp nearby, Kirby Misperton Community Protection Camp (Facebook), supporting resistance at Kirby Misperton.
Fracking company Third Energy is planning to carry out hydraulic fracturing tests on the KM8 well at its Kirby Misperton site in North Yorkshire. The company plans to initially target tight sandstone layers within the Bowland Shale (so called tight gas). This unconventional extraction is very similar to shale gas, with the same impacts at the surface, and a is step on the way to exploiting the shale itself.
For information on how to get to Kirby Misperton see the Kirby Misperton Community Fracking Blockade.
Preston New Road, Lancashire
Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources is continuing to try to drill 2 shale gas appraisal wells on its site at Preston New Road in Lancashire. There is an ongoing blockade, with daily events and actions. For more info and updates also see the PNR Rolling Blockade Page (Facebook).
The Preston New Road site is Cuadrilla’s flagship fracking test project, where they have planning permission (from central government) to drill and hydraulically fracture 4 shale gas wells. This would involve more than 20,000 vehicle movements in and out of the PNR site, as fracking trucks bring equipment and materials and dispose of waste, to and from support sites across the country. Take a look at our factsheet and find out what support sites could be near you.
For information on how to get to Preston New Road see the Preston New Road Community Fracking Blockade.
Communities across Lancashire and North Yorkshire and beyond have been resisting this threat for years, but now it has become much more tangible. These tests are just the first step in a process which could see thousands of fracking well spreading across many parts of the country, if not stopped. The frackers are attempting to gather data which would allow them to gain further investment to push these plans forward. Come down and support these communities if you can! Or find our what fracking support sites might be near you.