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On Wednesdays, Women in White silently protest fracking at Cuadrilla's gate.



Since July 2017, Women’s Wednesdays have become a regular feature of the long-tem protest against fracking in Lancashire. This Wednesday morning more than 70 women dressed in white processed from Maple Farm near Blackpool along Preston New Road to the gates of the site where the fracking firm Cuadrilla is attempting to drill for shale gas. The women held a silent vigil. Merseyside Police were present but treated the women respectfully.

Some of the women live close to the fracking site. They and their families are concerned about health effects of reduced air quality from planned releases of toxic gas into the atmosphere, and pollution of water. They also fear that there will be more earthquakes, similar to those caused by a test drill by Cuadrilla at Preese Hall in 2011.

Other women came from further afield to lend support: two from Wales, and some from Yorkshire. Viv from Grassington explained: ‘We need to show that we care. It’s time to be counted.’ Lancaster women were present, including members of the Dot Crotchet Community Choir. Sara from Lancaster commented: ‘I grew up in a farming community and it makes me feel sick to see good agricultural land being contaminated.’

Miranda Cox, a local councillor from nearby Kirkham, noted that the protesters at the site continue to be completely nonviolent. All those attending Women’s Wednesday joined together to peacefully show their concerns about the destruction of the environment and about climate change resulting from the use of fossil fuels.

You can find out more on facebook about Lancaster Fights Fracking and the Lancaster & Fylde Community Protection Groups who are coordinating the defence against fracking in Lancashire.

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