Cuadrilla is aware that the co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, has taken part in a peaceful protest outside the Preston New Road site today (14 June) as part of a week-long protest by his party in Lancashire.
Responding to the claims made by Mr Bartley in a Green Party statement issued yesterday, Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said:
“We have never tried to restrict lawful protest at Preston New Road, as can be seen from Mr Bartley’s visit today and the lawful protests undertaken by his Party at our site throughout this week.
“Our recent High Court injunction has had, and will have, no impact on legal protest. It is in place to protect the legal rights of our workers, suppliers and the people of Lancashire who have been impacted in going about their daily business by an extraordinary level of unlawful protest at Preston New Road over the last year. Illegal protest, peaceful or not, should not be allowed to prevent law abiding workers doing their daily job. The right to work is as important as the right to protest.
“Mr Bartley has requested to visit our Preston New Road site and we have gladly agreed to that and look forward to showing him how shale gas will be safely and responsibly explored for and produced.”
The interim injunction, which was awarded by Judge Pelling QC on 1 June, prohibits obstruction of the Preston New Road Highway or the shale exploration site entrance and also prohibits direct action such as blockades, lorry climbs or against named suppliers to Cuadrilla. Breaching a High Court injunction carries very serious penalties for those found guilty.
All papers regarding the injunction can be found at this link including the full court order: