Five Leeds women block fracking site over climate and water fears

| 19th July 2017
One of the five Leeds women campaigners blocking the entrance to Cuadrilla’s fracking site.
The women said they had travelled from Leeds for fear of impact on water supplies and treatment after discovering that waste water from the Cuadrilla site would be travelling to the Knostrop treatment works in Leeds.
Those least responsible for global warming are the most affected.

Five women campaigners blocked the entrance to Cuadrilla’s fracking site on Preston New Road in Lancashire this morning to protest the impact of climate change.

The activists are locked on to each other using home made devices and lay across the front entrance of the site to disrupt work for the day. They called for an end to fossil fuel extraction and for development in renewables.

Skye Golding, one of the women, said: “We’re here today to stand with the local community, but also to think about the bigger picture. 

“Across the world there are 300,000 lives lost a year as a direct impact of climate change and this will only increase with the development of a new fossil fuel industry. 

“Those least responsible for global warming are the most affected. They did not ask for these impacts, just as the community of Lancashire did not ask for fracking.”

Coralie Datta added: “In countries where fracking is already happened there are repeat cases of water contamination, both in the ground and during the treatment process. 

“The process of treating post-fracking water in the UK is unknown but Leeds’ Knostrop treatement works is one of the few sites in the UK that has been designated to take fracked water and that is a huge concern to me”.

Concerns around fracking waste water have existed since Cuadrilla discharged two million gallons into the Manchester Ship Canal after being processed at the Davyhulme treatment works in Trafford in 2014.

Today’s protest forms part of  the ‘Rolling Resistance’ month of action by national direct action group Reclaim the Power.