Fracking Lancashire: Community Solidarity Events – Sat 28th Jan
Lancashire communities are threatened with the largest fracking tests so far in this country. This Saturday solidarity events are happening at a number of locations. At Maple Farm just next to Cuadrilla‘s Preston New Road fracking site Fylde communities are gathering from 10am. Another gathering is being help from 1pm near Cuadrilla’s primary construction contractor AE Yates’ yard in Bolton, to highlight its part in this threat. Fracking trucks come from somewhere and at the moment one of the main sources is AE Yates. If you don’t live in Lancashire check out the places across the country where Caudrilla’s 20,000 fracking trucks could be rolling soon (to and from Preston New Road).
Lancashire communities have been organising an ongoing 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. Starting 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.