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Anger and blockades as fracking starts in UK for first time since 2011 19 Oct 2018 13:33 #10612

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Anger and blockades as fracking starts in UK for first time since 2011
Operations start at Lancashire site after protesters block entrance and nearby road

Frances Perraudin and Helen Pidd

Mon 15 Oct 2018

Fracking has begun in the UK for the first time since 2011 despite an attempt by protesters to blockade the entrance to the Lancashire site.

Activists from campaign group Reclaim the Power used a van to block the entrance to a site on Preston New Road near Blackpool for 12 hours from 4.30am on Monday, but the shale gas company Cuadrilla said all the equipment it needed to frack was already there and it had started the process by 1pm.

One protester climbed to the top of a scaffold and later locked his neck to it. Another locked herself to the base of the scaffold.

A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said: “Cuadrilla is pleased to confirm that it has started hydraulic fracturing operations at our Preston New Road shale gas exploration site. Hydraulic fracturing of both horizontal exploration wells is expected to last three months, after which the flow rate of the gas will be tested.”

Cuadrilla is to start fracking in Lancashire. But we will not give in
Preston New Road has been a focal point for protests since October 2016, when the government overturned a decision by Lancashire county council and gave Cuadrilla consent to extract shale gas at two wells on the site.

Henry Owen, who was locked to the top of the scaffold, said it was important to continue demonstrating. “It’s absolutely vital because this industry has no social licence in the UK,” he said. “It’s being pushed through by government who don’t care about their commitments to take action on climate change.

“They’re not interested in what local communities have to say. After all democratic avenues have been exhausted over a seven-year campaign, there is a place for direct action to stop this industry.”

Owen said he was still hopeful campaigners could halt fracking – in which water and chemicals are injected into rocks at high pressure to extract gas – in the UK.

Read More Here;
www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/15/fracking-protesters-blockade-cuadrilla-site-where-uk-work-due-to-restart
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Anger and blockades as fracking starts in UK for first time since 2011 19 Oct 2018 13:43 #10615

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Quote: “They’re not interested in what local communities have to say. After all democratic avenues have been exhausted over a seven-year campaign, there is a place for direct action to stop this industry.”

Of course they are not interested in communities, they see the £ signs from this and anything else they think will make money. WE (the public) do not matter anymore. Yet WE are the industry, the workforce who make this country tick. If we all downed tools, I wonder if they might have a rethink? THAT`S what it takes to convince those in power to stop. Look at Universal Credit as an example. There are people DYING as a result of it and their other policies, yet do they halt it? Nope….
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Anger and blockades as fracking starts in UK for first time since 2011 19 Oct 2018 13:58 #10617

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What I find as a Huge Concern is the Long Term Environmental Damage being done;
Already we have Global Warming, Record Droughts, Storms & Flooding, Not to mention melting Ice & rising Sea Levels,
as a result of the "Get rich Quick Mob, And to hell with the Planet.
It is known Fracking can cause "Sink Holes" and who knows what other long term Damage,
All so a Few, as you say Comply "Can make a fast Profit". :angry:
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