Green Party activists from across the North West support anti-fracking protests near Blackpool

14 August 2017

Green Party members holding "No Fracking" signsOldham & Saddleworth Green Party's Andy Hunter-Rossall (on the right of the photo) joined former Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, and Green Parties from across the North West to stand with a hundred protesters against fracking at Little Plumpton, Preston New Road near Blackpool on Monday 14th August.

During the day over 100 people attended the site and stood peacefully outside the entrance.

Speaking at the event Natalie Bennett said:

"The shale gas industry is a dinosaur industry which belongs to the last century, not this one. There are risks to the natural environment, jobs in agriculture and tourism. As a result of ordinary people protesting, the anti-fracking movement is winning; there are still no fracking sites yet operational anywhere."

This was the first of a series of Green Mondays - where all those concerned about the environment are being encouraged to attend the site to demonstrate the strength of feeling to the powers that be. Last December the Government overturned the decision of the County Council to reject the planning application to frack in Lancashire.

Members from at least 11 local Green Parties as well as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace were present on Monday.

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