Four women and a boat join Fylde fracking protest

Gina Dowding, standing, with Caroline Jackson, Emily Heath and Mollie Foxall with their boat Fracky McFrackface to protest against fracking in Lancashire
Gina Dowding, standing, with Caroline Jackson, Emily Heath and Mollie Foxall with their boat Fracky McFrackface to protest against fracking in Lancashire

Four women from Lancaster, including a City Councillor, staged a protest outside Cuadrilla’s fracking site on Preston New Road.

Three women, all members of the Green Party, locked themselves together to protest against fossil fuel extraction.

They arrived at the site with county councillor Gina Dowding and a boat named Fracky McFrackface, painted with the slogans: Harness the wind, waves and sun and Bail out from fracking.

Caroline Jackson is a Lancaster City Councillor and a retired headteacher. She said: “We have brought a boat to the fracking site to highlight the fact that fracking will make climate change worse by emitting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Fracking will therefore contribute to rising sea levels. Around half a billion people around the world are at risk from rising sea levels”

Emily Heath is a university lecturer in Earth Sciences. She said: “Continuing to develop new sources of fossil fuels is utter madness. We have abundant renewable energy all around us, and yet the Government is hell-bent on undermining the renewable energy industry, because they have vested interests in the fossil fuel industry and seem to be incapable of thinking beyond the short term.”

Mollie Foxall is a retired NHS manager. She said: “I am taking direct action because the Government has left me no choice. They overturned the local democratic decision to not allow fracking in this area. We are calling on the Government to put people’s lives ahead of corporate profits, and stop backing fracking.”