At 7am 20th February 2017, a group of residents from Chester and Ellesmere Port anti-fracking groups held a peaceful protest outside Morgans, Hooton Logistics Park. Residents were protesting about Morgans involvement in the supply of services to the Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire.
Paul Martin, member of the Frack Free Dee coalition said, “Contractors in Lancashire have pulled out of supplying services to the fracking company Cuadrilla and in desperate move are now sourcing contractors from further afield, but here in Cheshire but we are ready to oppose them. In the same way anti-fracking groups in Lancashire have helped us in our times of need we are also willing to step up now they need our help”
Police officers arrived at around 7.30am and after initial confusion an inspector arrived, who facilitated a peaceful protest which involved around 10 protesters “slow walking” Morgans lorries out of the depot for around two and half hours. Green and Black Cross legal observers were present.
The other two businesses operating from the yard were not affected and allowed to operate unhindered.
Jackie Morris, of Ellesmere Port Frack Free said “Morgan’s have been involved in every fracking and CBM site here in Cheshire and are now facilitating Preston New Road in spite of total local objection”
Nick Hazel of Frack Free Upton said “it is important to oppose this industry every step of the way, I was particularly pleased to help today as often protests happen during the day however I was able to attend and still get to work on time”
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