Hundreds of farmers and growers have put their foot down on shale gas extraction after protesting the dangers of fracking at a live Lancashire site.
The demonstration expected to shut down the Preston New Road development for a day last week (July 21) as part of a ‘rolling resistance’ month of action to disrupt work at the Cuadrilla site every day in July.
It came as a new YouGov survey found about 66 per cent of Lancashire residents opposed fracking near their homes.
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Pilling organic grower Alan Schofield said: “As a Lancashire vegetable farmer whose livelihood depends on the health and wellbeing of our soils, I am shocked this development has been allowed.
“The good people of Lancashire said no to this development, only to be overturned by central government.
“We are not just fighting an unwanted and highly polluting industry, the whole of our demographic process is at stake.”
A social media event advertising the demonstration slammed the fracking industry for ‘threatening widespread pollution whilst billing itself the farmer’s friend’.
But the group was left in dismay when a call to overturn the decision was denied by Manchester High Court back in April.
Little Plumpton farmer Allan Wensley was criticised for his decision to host the first Lancashire shale gas site but said he did not regret his decision.
Liz Humphrey of the Landworkers Alliance added: “The fracking industry’s international legacy in the US and Australia to date is the permanent contamination of fertile land and critical water supplies.
“Livestock are often the first to suffer the impacts of air and water pollution and the standard response to the devastation of herds is denial rather than compensation.”