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Activists have spent their summer fighting fracking.
Green Party chiefs Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley spent an afternoon with fracking protesters who have previously climbed
For the whole month of July, anti-fracking action has been taking place at a site just up the road where, after an appeal by company Cuadrilla, fracking has been licensed. Since January 2017 work to start drilling for this source of unconventional gas has begun, with much local resistance.
Campaigners are blocking roads and climbing on vehicles to halt the controversial practice.
Dozens of anti-fracking protesters are spending their summer blockading sites by chaining themselves to fences, laying in
The stir caused by attempts to frack in Lancashire is clear from the moment you arrive. The bus driver directed me to the site where Cuadrilla are trying to start fracking as almost a tourist destination, and fracking was the hot topic of conversation on the bus as we passed the gate. One passenger mentioned the earthquakes that had happened as a result of previous fracking attempts near Blackpool, and said about local residents here, "they're all very worried."
This week I will take direct action to target the fracking industry. I'll put my body on the line to obstruct, protest and oppose shale gas extraction. I'll be nervous when I take action. It means stepping into the frontline and that carries risks, including arrest and even prosecution. But I will be there.
It's time we do everything we can to prevent the fracking industry from disastrous extraction of fossil fuels. It's time we stand up with the communities affected by the fracking industry and combat the media's narrative by engaging people and building the alternative, clean fuelled future we deserve.