July is over. But the resistance to fracking continues
Throughout July 2017, hundreds of people from across the country joined the frontline resistance to fracking at Preston New Road in Lancashire. Every working day, affinity groups blockaded the gates to Cuadrilla’s frack pad with their bodies, climbed on top of the fracking trucks bringing on equipment or took action along other parts of the supply chain.
Mass demonstrations on Fridays saw around 200 people attend the gates each week including faith groups, trade unions, farmers, foodgrowers, families and more. Together with local communities, we delayed Cuadrilla’s operations and sent a message to investors that this industry has no social licence to operate.
It’s not over yet.
Despite the setbacks, Cuadrilla are desperately pressing ahead with their fracking plans and help is needed to support the ongoing resistance. Local groups are still maintaining the Community Info Hub at Maple Farm and sleeping accommodation and food is available at the Camp of New Hope. If you can get down to Preston New Road – then do so. Travel and accomodation details are here.
Reclaim the Power are supporting affinity groups through the legal process: around 100 people face charges for taking action. We will also be holding a debrief and planning session to organise how we conitinue to support the struggle in Lancashire. Date and place to be confirmed. Sign up to our newsletter on the box on the right to keep up to date with future plans.
Some video highlights from the month of action in July 2017
Above: Monday 3rd July - 13 person lock on led by local Lancashire resident
Above: BBC coverage of the Community Info Hub at Preston New Road
Above: Mass demo: Farmers Against Fracking - Friday 21st July 2017
Above: Carnival for a Frack Free Future - Friday 28 July 2017
Above: Rolling Resistance Final Day - Monday 31st July 2017