Anti-fracking group in rig protest

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Protesters said they had blockaded Cuadrilla Resources' drilling rig at a site in Derbyshire Protesters said they had blockaded Cuadrilla Resources' drilling rig at a site in Derbyshire

Protesters have locked themselves to the gates of a drilling rig site in a demonstration against fracking.

Up to 20 people are believed to be involved in the protest at Cuadrilla Resources' drilling rig in Danesmoor, Chesterfield.

Four of the demonstrators, who are from anti-fracking group Frack Off, locked themselves to the site's gate in a bid to prevent the rig moving to its fracking site in Lancashire. Fracking is the controversial extraction of gas from shale rock.

Derbyshire Police said they were monitoring the group and that it was a peaceful protest.

Demonstrator Elsie Walker, 27, said: "The scale of development proposed is being completely ignored. Cuadrilla wants to drill 800 wells in Lancashire alone. They are one company going after one type of gas.

"There are several companies going after several types of unconventional gas in the UK and all potentially on a similar scale to Cuadrilla. If this goes ahead, we will witness the total industrialisation of the British countryside and the destruction of the land and water on which we depend. We cannot allow this to happen."

In a statement, Derbyshire Police said: "Police officers are monitoring a group of protesters who are demonstrating outside a drilling company on Old Pit Lane in Danesmoor, near Chesterfield.

"Officers were called at 5.20 this morning by staff at the firm. This is a peaceful protest which is not blocking access to other premises. Officers are talking to the protesters and will remain at the scene until the protest is over."

In a statement, Cuadrilla's drilling contractor, PR Marriott Drilling Ltd, which owns the site, said: "On Monday June 18th at 5am, 20 environmental protesters from a Brighton-based group illegally blocked access to the Chesterfield site of Cuadrilla's drilling contractor, PR Marriott. PR Marriott employs approximately 180 people in the UK, with around 50 people working at the Chesterfield site - most of whom work locally. Despite the best attempts of the environmental protesters to damage this British business, access to the site has been gained and work has all but returned to normal while we wait for the protesters to leave."

Mark Miller, chief executive of Cuadrilla Resources, said: "We would rather concentrate on continuing to communicate on every aspect of our operations with the local communities that we work within than get involved in arguments with environmental protesters - most of whom don't live anywhere near where we work."

More national news stories

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:05pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Dan Soton says...

Excuse me while I bang my own drum..


Every opportunity since July 2013 I've been banging on about offshore Fracking (at that time totally unheard of.. by me anyway) and now the possibility is here..




SHALE GAS PIONEER PLANS WORLD'S FIRST OFFSHORE WELLS IN IRISH SEA.

By Ben King.
Economics reporter, BBC News.
13 February 2014 Last updated at 06:40 .

The founder of shale gas firm Cuadrilla is planning a venture to frack in the Irish Sea, the BBC has learned.

Dr Chris Cornelius believes there are large volumes of offshore shale gas that could be extracted.

If successful, it would be the first such project in the world.

THE BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS ESTIMATED THAT THE UK'S TOTAL OFFSHORE SHALE GAS RESOURCES COULD BE BETWEEN FIVE AND 10 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONSHORE


-

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/business-26157
228





A few (taken from the meany) of my posts advocating Offshore Fracking

-


http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/10585288
.Fracking_dangers_ar
e_simply____myth_ped
dling____says_MP/

-



http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/10562020
.Thousands_of_fracki
ng_wells_to_be_dug_a
cross_Hampshire__war
ns_MP/

-


http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/10578358
.Council__should_hav
e_policy_on_fracking
/
Excuse me while I bang my own drum.. Every opportunity since July 2013 I've been banging on about offshore Fracking (at that time totally unheard of.. by me anyway) and now the possibility is here.. SHALE GAS PIONEER PLANS WORLD'S FIRST OFFSHORE WELLS IN IRISH SEA. By Ben King. Economics reporter, BBC News. 13 February 2014 Last updated at 06:40 . The founder of shale gas firm Cuadrilla is planning a venture to frack in the Irish Sea, the BBC has learned. Dr Chris Cornelius believes there are large volumes of offshore shale gas that could be extracted. If successful, it would be the first such project in the world. THE BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAS ESTIMATED THAT THE UK'S TOTAL OFFSHORE SHALE GAS RESOURCES COULD BE BETWEEN FIVE AND 10 TIMES THE SIZE OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ONSHORE - http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/business-26157 228 A few (taken from the meany) of my posts advocating Offshore Fracking - http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10585288 .Fracking_dangers_ar e_simply____myth_ped dling____says_MP/ - http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10562020 .Thousands_of_fracki ng_wells_to_be_dug_a cross_Hampshire__war ns_MP/ - http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/10578358 .Council__should_hav e_policy_on_fracking / Dan Soton
  • Score: 0
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree