Reclaim the Power’s Rolling Resistance entered its second day today with Lancashire’s newest towers still standing and dozens of protectors holding the gates at anti-fracking flashpoint Preston New Road.
The towers were put up at high speed on Friday night shortly before an open day drew hundreds of local supporters, helping to blockade the entrance to the Cuadrilla fracking site at Little Plumpton. Four protectors also locked-on to each other during the day, using their own bodies as a barricade, shutting down the A583 road for several hours.
In a quick statement, Reclaim the Power said:
The first day of the Rolling Resistance kicked off in style. Locals came together to celebrate all they have done over the past six months and to welcome RTP crews to the roadside. We can’t wait for Cuadrilla to see what we have in store …
In the meantime, there’s still plenty of ways to get involved. Come on down for a cuppa in the poly tunnel and get stuck in.
The month-long Rolling Resistance direct action campaign aims to up the ante as fracking firm Cuadrilla tries to push forward with works on its controversial mine, and begins just a day after a recent survey showed two thirds of the Lancashire public are against fracking in the county.
The firm is already months behind with its planned extraction works, which locals fear will lead to similar problems as have been seen in more extensive US mining projects including the poisoning of water supplies and even earthquakes — and has seen fracking banned in Scotland.
The Cuadrilla project specifically was also banned by the local council, but that decision was overturned by central government.