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Fracking campaigners guilty of contempt of court

Police guarding Cuadrilla's fracking site in Balcombe.
Police guarding Cuadrilla's fracking site in Balcombe.

Three fracking campaigners were found guilty today of being in contempt of court after they breached an injunction at the Cuadrilla Preston New Road site.

Katrina Lawrie, Lee Walsh and Christopher Wilson barricaded themselves in the firm’s Lancashire site on 24 June 2018.

It took a team of police officers to release the protestors as they had locked themselves together inside the Cuadrilla site.

A number of other people are known to be involved.

Francis Egan, Chief Executive Officer of Cuadrilla, said: “We respect the right to legal and peaceful protest but too often we have seen the opposite with dangerous, disrespectful and illegal activity around our shale gas exploration site in Preston New Road.

“Local people, our staff and contractors have rights too and they must be equally protected.

“What we are hearing, on a day to day basis from our local communities, is that the disruptive activities of a small group of activists is their main problem. Not Cuadrilla.

“Not the exaggerated claims about micro seismicity which causes no more vibration than that experienced everyday by standing by a busy road and not the hydraulic fracture process itself, which the wide ranging and comprehensive regulatory monitoring of our operations has proven to be safe.”

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