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National Climate Crisis Rally, Saturday 20 October, at PNR

NATIONAL CLIMATE CRISIS RALLY IN LANCASHIRE: MPs, NGOs, TRADE UNIONS & GREEN GROUPS JOIN PROTEST

This Saturday from 11.00hrs will see Frack Free Lancashire host a National Climate Crisis Rally at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, FY4 5RN. [1]

Joined by a host of NGOs, speakers, green groups, MPs and campaign groups from across the country, three anti-fracking campaigners who were shockingly jailed for a peaceful protest and released following a high court appeal today, will also join the rally to speak out against fracking.

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report [2]that leaves no doubt that “business as usual” in terms of energy generation and the link to global warming, is simply not an option.

Cuadrilla Resources have now stated fracking has begun at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, since their self-caused earthquakes completely halted fracking in the UK in 2011.

Speakers at the National Climate Crisis Rally include: The Green Party’s Baroness Jenny Jones; Friends of the Earth’s Chief Executive, Craig Bennett; Liberal Democrat MP, Tim Farron and former Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, John Ashton. Multiple Trade Unions will also speak out against fracking.

Entertainment and food will be available at this family-friendly event which will culminate with a visit to the fracking site itself.

Following the dramatic quashing of the Frack Free Three case today in the High Court, the anti-fracking movement has been strengthened with support from across the globe, and the group is delighted to welcome the three men back to the community that they bravely stood up for.

Award-winning actress, Emma Thompson today spoke after the successful High Court appeal:
“When a government behaves contrary to science, reason and public opinion, it’s inevitable that some brave souls will resist.

“Thank God the courts have seen sense and freed them!”

A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:

“We are looking forward to the event on Saturday, where we will welcome our friends and colleagues from across the country to stand with our community now fracking has reportedly begun. The event has been buoyed by the amazing news that our friends’ appeal in the High Court today was successful and they have since been freed from HMP Preston.” [3]

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Notes to Editors:

 

For further information, please contact Frack Free Lancashire media team: admin@frackfreelancashire.org

  1. The Facebook event can be found here.
  2. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report
  3. Today, the Frack Free Three’s appeal in the High Court was successful and their prison terms were quashed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett
  4. In 2015, Lancashire County Council democratically refused planning permission for Cuadrilla’s application to carry out exploratory hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road, on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. Cuadrilla subsequently appealed to the Secretary of State, who in October 2016, controversially overturned the local council’s decision and gave Cuadrilla the go-ahead for planning permission.

Dame Vivienne Westwood & Joe Corré To Visit Preston New Road 16 October

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Dame Vivienne Westwood To Break Dance Moves On Cuadrilla’s ‘Draconian Injunction Line’ To Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ at 12:00pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018.

Anti-Fracking ‘Dancing Queen’ Dame Vivienne Westwood will break dance moves on Cuadrilla’s ‘draconian injunction line’ to Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’.

She will make the dance moves on the public highway in front of Cuadrilla’s Fracking well gates on Preston New Road to stand up for the #RightToProtest at 12:00pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018.

As well as a direct assault on the oil and gas industry, its also seen as ‘one in the eye’ for Birtish Prime Minister Theresa May after her ‘Dancing Queen’ outing at the Tory party conference.

Westwood will be supported by her son, Environmental activist and entrepreneur Joe Corré.

Westwood is making a stand against “Illegal and Environmentally destructive Fracking” which has been “forced on the people of England against their will”, according to Joe Corré.

According to the Government’s now banned survey question about fracking, the majority of Britons are against Fracking. The last statistics from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Wave 25 Survey on the 26th April 2018 showed that only 18% of Britons support fracking,

Joe Corré says: “Britain’s Democracy has been run roughshod over by The Tories who are defying Local Government objection to Fracking to instead “Stand Up For the dying Oil & Gas industry and breach our Paris Climate Change Obectives”.

NATIONAL CLIMATE CRISIS RALLY IN LANCASHIRE: STOP FRACKING NOW

NATIONAL CLIMATE CRISIS RALLY IN LANCASHIRE: STOP FRACKING NOW

Saturday 20 October 2018 from midday onwards will see Frack Free Lancashire are host a National Climate Crisis Rally at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, FY4 5RN.

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that leaves no doubt that “business as usual” in terms of energy generation and the link to global warming, is simply not an option.

It comes at a crucial time when Cuadrilla Resources will be attempting to frack their first shale gas well at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, since the earthquakes that the company caused in 2011.

All concerned organisations, groups and individuals are urged to come together for a national rally at Maple Farm, where there will be visits and speeches from trade unions, politicians and NGOs. There will also be entertainment and food available at this family-friendly event which will culminate with a visit to the fracking site itself.
Anti-fracking and climate groups from across the country will be welcomed, along with faith groups, trade unions and NGOs. It will be a day of solidarity and good spirits, with continued support for the campaign of the “Free the Three”, following the unprecedented imprisonment of three anti-fracking campaigners after peaceful protests in Lancashire during 2017.

A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:

“The industry and its friends in government should be in no doubt that their unsustainable pet project of yet more fossil fuels has no place in a modern-day energy strategy, and that any attempt to force fracking onto unwilling communities will be met with continued protest and resistance.”
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Notes to Editors:

1. For further information, please contact Frack Free Lancashire media team: admin@frackfreelancashire.org

2. The Facebook event can be found here.

3. In 2015, Lancashire County Council democratically refused planning permission for Cuadrilla’s application to carry out exploratory hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road, on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire. Cuadrilla subsequently appealed to the Secretary of State, who in October 2016, controversially overturned the local council’s decision and gave Cuadrilla the go-ahead for planning permission.

 

 

Green Mondays, Preston New Road

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As part of the on-going protest campaign against fracking at Preston New Road, local people have organised ‘Green Mondays’, as a follow-on from the Rolling Resistance campaign which Reclaim The Power helped organise throughout July. This idea is now being promoted by various North West environmental groups, including the Green Party, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. At the same time, the national organisations are assisting by providing speakers for most of the ‘Green Mondays’ between now and the end of September. Natalie Bennett has attended, as have a number of Green councillors.

Monday 4 September: Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader) will be the main speaker on that day – and there is the possibility (not yet confirmed) that there will also be a national Greenpeace speaker.

4. Monday 18 September: Caroline Lucas, MP is confirmed as the main speaker for that day. One of the other speakers will be Stephen Hall – president of Greater Manchester Assoc. of TUs, & Chair of Unite the Union/GM Area Activists’ Cttee – who will be speaking about the One Million Climate Jobs campaign.

How to get there: For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham & Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop very close to the fracking site. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

 

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Women’s Peace Walk Every Wednesday, Preston New Road

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Ladies’ Peace Walk, Call For Calm, to PNR Fracking gates and 15 minutes silence- every Wednesday. This is proving to be a popular and very moving event as women call for calm and peace.

Please share the information round. Try to wear white if you can… as you can see from the photograph, it looks really effective when there is a lot of us together.

We meet at 9.30 a.m at Maple Farm and together we walk slowly up to the site. The police have been happy to facilitate this event and trust us because we are women standing united for peace. It’s a moving and safe action, and is a good one to take part in if you are new to anti-fracking and feeling uncertain about taking part in an action outside the site gates.

How to get there: For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham & Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop very close to the fracking site. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

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Black Fridays

Whilst the White Wednesdays will remain as non-action ‘Call for Calm’ days, it’s hoped that both Green Mondays and Black Fridays will now become the main ‘action’ days.

So do try to come to as many days as are possible for you – and bring friends along to swell the numbers!
Though, of course, attendance does NOT mean anyone will be under any pressure to do anything other than bear witness to Cuadrilla’s climate crime at Preston New Road.

Numbers matter!

PNR Solidarity Saturdays at Maple Farm – every Saturday!

Now that Cuadrilla have invaded Preston New Road, people gather each day to delay their progress and receive huge support from passing motorists. Online too there is a wealth of support but not everyone can be at the demonstration each weekday 9am-3pm; so on Saturdays we are hosting get-togethers just down the road at Maple Farm (next door to World of Water Blackpool.)

Ths is an opportunity for passers-by, drivers who honk support, visitors, residents, Protectors and others to get together after the long week, enjoy refreshments from the Nanas and chat as a community about what we do to ensure we stop this site from ever reaching the fracking stage.

There will also be Frack Free Lancashire merchandise for sale, information sheets and plenty of people who can answer questions.

You can park either at Maple Farm or at the rear of World of Water. If travelling by train get off at Kirkham and get the 61 bus just outside the station – there’s a bus stop very close to Maple Farm on Preston New Road. If travelling by bus from Blackpool or Preston, you need to catch the number 61 and get off at Maple Farm.

We do hope you can join us – the first few have been very popular and the cakes just get better and better!

Preston New Road Rolling Roadside Protest

As you are aware Cuadrilla started construction work for their exploratory pad at the Preston New Road site in January 2017. They work from 7.30 am until 6.30 pm.

We currently have a presence at the site all day and night. We will only engage in peaceful and legal actions.

This is going to be a lengthy campaign and we need boots on the ground. Please do come along and give your support even if it’s just for half an hour. You will not be asked to take part in any actions – we just need to show that when we said no, we meant NO!.

Some weekdays are now themed – such as Green Mondays, Women’s Call For Calm Wednesdays (please see the posts under the Events tab). You will be made very welcome at any event.

How to get there: The number 61 bus from Preston/Blackpool travels along Preston New Road. The bus stops near Maple Farm- marked bus on right of map. Walk towards Ma Bakers Cafe/Waterworld –  it’s only a short walk to the site from there.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

If coming by train you need to get off at Kirkham. The Blackpool South and most of the Blackpool North trains (check before boarding) from Preston stop at Kirkham. From Blackpool all trains to Preston stop at Kirkham. From Kirkham Station catch the 61 bus (Blackpool) and follow the instructions above.

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Do you want to hold an event?

RAFF has spoken at lots of events throughout the UK, including the House of Lords. We’ve also organised many public meetings for residents around Lancashire and have worked with Frack Off and Friends of the Earth in setting up local groups. We have over four years of experience in fighting fracking and are happy to share this experience, wherever you are based.

If you would like RAFF to host a public information meeting in your community, please get in touch raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk.