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Anti-Fracking campaigners bring Bolton based company A E Yates to a near stand still

January 21, 2017



Over 40 Anti-Fracking Campaigners blocked the site entrance of Horwich-based Civil engineering firm A E Yates Ltd in a protest on Friday afternoon.


The group of activists led by Bolton against fracking assembled at the gates with banners, drums, and whistles to demand that A E Yates withdraw from their activities at the controversial fracking site on Preston new road in little Plumpton, Lancashire. 

Bolton against fracking was also joined by environmentalist and some members of the Lancashire Nanas that have been protesting at the Preston New road fracking site.


The activists group blocked access to the site which is based on Cranfield Road, Lostock Industrial Estate in Horwich near to the Macron stadium as well as causing major delays to A E Yates trucks and vans leaving the premises by slow walking them out of the plant.


Paul Boron Chief Group Director of A E Yates tried to gain access to the site in his BMW but was turned away by the protesters. He was later surrounded by the activists who demanded him to withdraw from any fracking related activity at Preston new road. When asked did the board of A E Yates consider the moral implication of their decision to assist fracking he stated that the process of "Fracking is safe" and declined to withdraw from the contract.  


The heavy Civil engineering company recently started work building a platform for Cuadrilla as part of a £1.5 Million contract on the Preston New road site in Lancashire. Since the start of the contract concerns from people all over Lancashire have been raised about the companies actions. People have taken to social media to raise their concerns and have posting on the Facebook and twitter page of A E Yates. Some of the Comment on social media and banners displayed at the event were strongly worded stating that Fracking was damaging the environment, polluting drinking water and killing children.


One of the protesters said "Today has been successful in achieving what we wanted to achieve and sending a clear message to Yates that we will not allow Fracking in Lancashire and we wont stop taking action until they reconsider their position"


A E Yates declined to make any official comment. 














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