A small Lancashire village has had a rather busy week – with some big political hitters making a lot of noise over an ongoing saga.
Fracking in Lancashire
Preston New Road, near the village of Little Plumpton, is at the centre of a row over fracking. Cuadrilla has permission to explore the site for shale gas. But local people are against the company’s plans. And they have stepped up their protests since January 2017.
Campaigners are currently undertaking a three-month campaign called ‘United Resistance’, against Cuadrilla’s plans. And this week has been ‘Green Party week‘. The Canary chatted with Frack Free Lancashire, one of the campaign groups involved. It said of the past week:
We were blessed with wonderful weather and good numbers of visitors.
A very Green week
At the beginning of the week, campaigners were joined by Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack. She not only spoke at the roadside but also camped overnight at Maple Farm. Campaign group Global Justice Now’s director Nick Dearden was also there:
On Thursday, Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley popped along. He took the opportunity to speak to campaigners about their concerns ahead of a meeting with Cuadrilla director Mark Lappin on Friday. Frack Free Lancashire said Bartley “was armed with a very long list of questions and we await Cuadrilla’s responses with great interest”:
Bartley, who helped organise the week, told The Canary:
This week I was joined by Greens from across the country travelling to Lancashire to stand in solidarity with the community there on the front line of the fight against fracking. We know that any drilling for gas not only rides roughshod over this community’s wishes but threatens to wreck any chance we have of meeting our climate change targets. This dirty, dangerous industry is dying. It is time the government listened to common sense and put it out of its misery, investing instead in cleaner, cheaper renewable energy for the future.
Then after he stayed on Thursday night, he was joined by Green peer Jenny Jones on Friday:
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