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Anti-fracking campaigners block shale gas exploration site in Lancashire

Anti-fracking protestors block the entrance to the Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire Photo: Greenpeace

Anti-fracking campaigners are staging a second day of protests outside a shale gas exploration site in Lancashire.

Protesters brought traffic to a standstill yesterday as they staged a human chain demonstration across a road to show their opposition to fracking.

Lancashire Police had to be called out to the site on Preston New Road and the fracking company Cuadrilla described the action as 'utterly selfish and attention seeking'.

Anti-fracking protestors at the Preston New Road in Lancashire Credit: Greenpeace

Hannah Martin, Head of Energy at Greenpeace UK, said:

“Greenpeace is standing with the people of Lancashire against the industrialisation of the countryside for shale gas we don’t need. Lancashire said No to fracking, but the government overruled the democratic process and gave Cuadrilla the go ahead to frack for gas. Peaceful protest has caused months of delays and, since beginning work in January, this fracking firm has only really created a muddy field. But if the drill goes in, it will create noise, air and light pollution."

– Hannah Martin