Climate activists blockade fracking supply firm

Environmental activists have blockaded a quarry owned by a fracking supplier in Lancashire. The protest at the gates of Aggregate Industries marks the start of a fortnight of interventions organised by climate justice group […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Environmental activists have blockaded a quarry owned by a fracking supplier in Lancashire.

The protest at the gates of Aggregate Industries marks the start of a fortnight of interventions organised by climate justice group Reclaim the Power.

Lorry access to the company’s site in Carnforth has been entirely suspended by two protesters on swings attaching themselves to height restriction bars at two key access points.

Aggregate Industries is one of several companies supplying Cuadrilla’s controversial Preston New Road fracking project currently under construction outside Blackpool.

The activists claim some companies have already pulled out of the project in the face of protests against their involvement.

Protestor Chris Thomson explained: “Lancashire said no to fracking. Its imposition threatens local jobs and health and will have deadly impacts on those already facing the consequences of climate change.

“We’re asking Aggregate Industries to do the decent thing. Follow the example of other companies in the area. Step away from fracking your neighbours and we’ll gladly come down.”

Activists hope the series of protests will help raise awareness of the damage they say is caused by the range of industrial processes which will expand if commercial scale fracking goes ahead.

A spokesperson for Aggregate Industries said: “While we appreciate that there are a wide range of views on major construction projects, interfering with the safe running of our sites and operations presents a risk to the safety of protesters, colleagues and the local community.”

ELN has also contacted Cuadrilla for a response.