On the 26th of September a judge in England jailed three men for preventing trucks entering the Blackpool fracking site at Preston New Road. The site is run by Cuadrilla, and whilst the company has no drilling licences in Scotland, this marks a new low in the behaviour of the fossil fuel industry and the English courts.
We witnessed the challenge to the Scottish government at the court in Edinburgh a few months ago. INEOS tried to overturn the moratorium here in Scotland and were unsuccessful, but they still have drilling licences and we’re still threatened by this abominable industry. Scotland, Ireland, and Wales have all rejected fracking, but England’s tories seem to be determined to promote this dangerous industry.
Our friends from the Scottish anti-fracking community were present at the march and protest in Preston on Saturday. I’ve included an image below showing the crowd in the centre of Preston. It was wonderful seeing the Scottish flag flying!
That same evening Our Forth held a vigil at the Mound in Edinburgh. We were able to speak to the partner of one of the men jailed by the English court, as well as Katrina from the protest camp outside the entrance to the fracking site. It seems that the court’s attempt to intimidate us has failed because we’re right and the court is wrong.
I’ve included two pieces from the Guardian – the first covers the climate change IPCC meeting in Incheon South Korea. The second concerns the protest at Preston Prison.
Visit site climate change meeting Incheon
Visit site Preston Prison protest Saturday 6th October