Fracking Resistance: Focus On Transport Of Drilling Equipment To Lancashire
With construction of the Frack Pad at Preston New Road in Lancashire coming to a close (months behind schedule), attention is turning to the next phase of this fracking threat. Cuadrilla has begun trying to move equipment off the yard of its primary drilling contractor, PR Marriott, in Chesterfield. Communities across the country are mobilising in response and there are now active blockades at both Preston New Road and PR Marriott, disrupting the movement for fracking trucks. Get down there if you can!
If you can’t get to Preston New Road or PR Marriott, will fracking trucks be passing near you. In many cases fracking trucks which are disrupted from making the trip in one day are laying up somewhere en route, probably in Lancashire. Where are they hiding? Once the rig starts to be dismantled and moved this transport network will expand to include most of the country, with equipment particularly being moved from oil industry hubs in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth. Is your group ready to respond?
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.
Cuadrilla’s speculative business model means that they need good results from these test to get more investment, but that includes not just what they find under ground but the level of resistance they encounter. That is where communities across the country come in – by making Cuadrilla’s fracking plans as difficult, slow and expensive as possible!
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.