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Cuadrilla resume work to kick start fracking again amid protests

Posted on - 8th January, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston News
Protesters line the road near the fracking site in Preston New Road Pic: Helen Rimmer

Protesters line the road near the fracking site in Preston New Road Pic: Helen Rimmer

Work on resuming fracking on the outskirts of Preston has begun.

Cuadrilla reopened its Preston New Road site on Thursday (5 January) and it has triggered fresh protests on the surrounding roads.

In October the communities secretary overruled a decision by Lancashire County Council and said the energy firm could frack at Little Plumpton.

The county council had rejected the application saying the impact of noise and traffic would be too great on the area.

Anti-fracking campaigners bring a lorry to a halt Pic: Friends of the Earth

Anti-fracking campaigners gather near a lorry Pic: Friends of the Earth

Traffic jams were certainly in evidence on Friday (January 6) as temporary traffic signals slowed traffic to a crawl and lorries entered and exited the site.

Anti-fracking campaigners gathered in front of lorries as they moved between the Cuadrilla compound as preparation work to drill for shale gas continues.

Banners displaying objections to the fracking

Banners displaying objections to the fracking

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Cuadrilla is still waiting to hear on whether a second site – closer to Preston at Roseacre Wood not far from Inskip – can be drilled on after it appealed this one to the communities secretary Sajid Javid.

What do you think about the fracking decision? Do you support the protests or should they let Cuadrilla continue? Let us know in the comments below

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