PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF THE GREEN PARTY OF ENGLAND AND WALES
UK Green Party Leaders in Solidarity Visit to Lancashire Fracking Site
17 September 2017
For immediate release
Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley, co-leaders of the Green Party of England and Wales, are to visit Cuadrilla’s flagship fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire on Monday 18 September.
Both of the Green Party’s co-leaders will join Ecotricity’s ecologist, Dr Simon Pickering; the President of Greater Manchester Association of Trade Unions, Stephen Hall; and a gathering of local anti-fracking campaigners outside the Preston New Road site on Monday afternoon.
Dr Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and co-leader of the Green Party, said:
“I’m joining the protests on Monday because it’s abundantly clear that fracking is a dirty, destructive industry that will wreck the UK’s climate ambitions and leave us dependent on fossil fuels for years to come. We know that the price of renewables is dropping fast, and it is high time that the government stop their reckless dash for gas and focus on making Britain into a world leader in modern, clean energy from the sun, wind and sea.”
Dr Simon Pickering said:
“We don’t have to resort to fracking – a renewable future is possible. 2017 has been a record-breaking year, despite the government slashing support for renewables. Green clean energy would be a viable alternative if the government subsidised renewables instead of fracking.”
Caroline and Jonathan will speak in support of the Lancashire anti-fracking campaign at the Monday rally around 13.30hrs.
Notes to the Editor
1. Contacts for Monday’s rally:
Matthew Butcher, Parliamentary Press Officer to Caroline Lucas MP
07885 459 904
2. Dr Simon Pickering, Ecotricity
3. Councillor Gina Dowding: all other enquiries regarding co-ordination
Green Party Councillor, Lancaster, Lancashire County Council