Photography by Cheryl Atkinson
Anti-fracking protesters today brought Cuadrillas supply chain to its knees in a spectacular day of action.
Cuadrilla the company behind the controversial fracking site on Preston new road in little plumpton, Lancashire was once again put under great pressure today as its supply chain was disrupted due to protesters dubbed as “Protectors” closing down its supply chain.
Protectors hit suppliers across the Northwest of England including A E Yates Ltd the Bolton firm that has been awarded the contract to build the fracking platform at the Preston new road site.
Protesters locked themselves together in what is described as a “Lock-on” Typically using steel tubes to cover the length of the arms of two people locked together.
Protectors blocked the entrance of the A E Yates site early in the morning (Thursday 30th March) and halted operations from the site not allowing any trucks in or out of the plant.
Simultaneously other actions took place over the North West. Protesters demonstrated at the fracking site on Preston new road. Lock-on’s also took place at the site earlier this week causing disruption and delaying work at the little plumpton site.
Further action took place at a number of Eddie Stobart’s plants including the Warrington site were Protectors Locked on from 3 am in the morning. The action stopped all HGV's except them carrying medical supplies from leaving or entering the site and is estimated to have cost Eddie Stobart tens of thousands of pounds in lost revenue.
One of the Protesters Cheryl Atkinson said "Today has been a great success. We have stopped Stobart's operation for today and we vow to continue to peacefully prevent them from operating as part of the supply chain until they withdraw."
The protectors have vowed to continue to take action against the supply chain.