Road blocked due to fracking demonstration

Anti-fracking protesters from Bristol swung into action at the quarry entrance
Anti-fracking protesters from Bristol swung into action at the quarry entrance
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A road that closed due to a demonstration in Carnforth has now re-opened, say police.

Anti fracking protesters from Bristol blocked the entrance to Leapers Wood Quarry early this morning causing lorries to queue along the road.

The blockade marks the launch action of Break the Chain, a fortnight of interventions called by national social and climate justice group Reclaim the Power.

The B6254, Kellet road was closed in both directions between 5 and 7.30am on March 27, between A601 and Kirkby Lonsdale Road.

Lorry access to the Aggregate Industries' quarry in Carnforth was suspended by the appearance of two protesters on swings which were rigged onto height restriction bars at two key access points and are blocking all lorry movements, said a spokesman for Reclaim the Power.

According to protesters, Aggregate Industries supplies the Cuadrilla fracking site on Preston New Road currently under construction.

One of the protesters, Chris Thomson said:“We’re up here today because fracking isn’t a playground game. We need to give Aggregate Industries a reason to rethink its position, which is at odds with local democracy. Lancashire said no to fracking. Its imposition threatens local jobs and health and will have deadly impacts on those already facing the consequences of climate change in drought-hit East Africa and beyond.

“We’re asking Aggregate Industries to do the decent thing. Follow the example of other companies in the area. Step away from fracking your neighbours and we’ll gladly come down.”

A spokesman for Lancashire police said at the time: "We are currently at the scene of a protest that has taken place outside the entrance of a quarry. Lorries are backing up along the road causing an obstruction but we expect they will be moved shortly."

The activists are part of Bristol Rising Tide, the group who occupied the first Lancaster Fracking Rig for 11 hours in December 2011.

Picture courtesy of Reclaim the Power