Cuadrilla’s Fracking Site Closed: 4 People Lock Themselves To Gates
Today has seen a continuing rolling blockade at Preston New Road where Cuadrilla Resources is trying to construct a new frack pad in Lancashire. Four people have been locked on for almost 7 hours so far, blocking access to the frack pad construction site. Every delay to the the construction of the frack pad will increase costs for Cuadrilla and help to deter the massive investment Cuadrilla would need to drill the thousands of wells needed for production. Just this one fracking test site would generate 20,000 fracking truck movements as well as vast amounts of toxic/radioactive waste. If you don’t live in Lancashire check out the places across the country where these trucks could be rolling soon (to and from Preston New Road).
Lancashire communities have been organising a rolling blockade of Cuadrilla’s planned fracking pad at Preston New Road for over 2 weeks. Work is talking place weekdays between 9am and 3pm. Address: Preston New Rd, Westby, Lancashire PR4 3PF. See the facebook page for more details. Bolton Against Fracking have been organised the blockades of the AE Yates yard. Staring at 8am. Bring Banners, whistles, and lots of people. Address: A.E. Yates Limited Cranfield Road, Lostock Industrial Estate, Lostock, Bolton BL6 4SB. See the facebook event for more details.
Fracking trucks are rolling in Lancashire and many of them are coming from AE Yates Ltd. The company is working for Cuadrilla Resources constructing the largest fracking development in the UK. Cuadrilla needs to construct an access road and large frac pad on fields north of Preston New Road before drilling can begin. Local communities are massively opposed to this invasion, which has been force through by central government, and are mobilising to resist.
Cuadrilla’s planning permission is being challenged in court but it clearly assumes that the result is a foregone conclusion. If allowed to happen this one site would be by far the largest fracking development in the UK to date, with 4 horizontal wells which would be hydraulically fractured in 30-45 stages along there lengths. The site would produce millions of gallons of toxic and radioactive waste and would spread a web of impacts across the country.
Check out our factsheet about Cuadrilla’s plans, your community may be threatened with impacts (e.g. fracking waste being dumped or transported through your community) even if you live hundreds of miles from Lancashire.