Protests as fracking begins in UK

Lloyd Doyle
October 18, 2018

On Friday, Justice Supperstone at the High Court in London dismissed a last-minute request for an interim injunction from a campaigner to prevent this from happening.

Ginette Evans, 60, from Fleetwood, said: "We'll be monitoring the site 24 hours a day". Police closed off the road on Monday morning as about 50 protesters gathered outside the site ahead of the start of the hydraulic fracturing process.

Energy firm Cuadrilla said it had started hydraulic fracturing on Monday at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire, northwest England, with workers having to file past around 200 demonstrators. It is definitely not over, it has just got serious.

The company plans to spend the next three months fracking two exploratory wells, performing the procedure on about 45 horizontal sections of each well.

She added: "I'm gutted really".

The work had been due to start on Saturday but was delayed by the effects of Storm Callum.

"Those that protest against shale gas maintain that it has no "social licence to operate" and the that Government is forcing it through at the expense of local democracy". The controversial mining process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, extracts gas from shale rock by injecting fluid at high pressure into shale formations deep beneath the Earth's surface.

"It is morally bankrupt to be heralding the start of a whole new fossil fuel industry when climate catastrophe awaits. You can deal with climate change or you can have fracking - you can't do both", he said in a statement on the group's website.

"We're now commencing the final operational phase to evaluate the commercial potential for a new source of indigenous natural gas in Lancashire", said Cuadrilla CEO Francis Egan.

The government asked its climate advisers on Monday to examine whether Britain should toughen its climate targets and set a date to move to a net zero emissions goal.

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