Cuadrilla can confirm that it plans to take legal action against six individuals who have unlawfully blocked the entrance of the company’s shale gas exploration site at Preston New Road (PNR), Lancashire, clearly breaching the terms of a High Court Injunction issued earlier this month.
The company continues to respect the right to peaceful and lawful protest however the six activists involved in blocking the site entrance are specifically aware of the High Court Injunction and nevertheless continued to proceed with activity that breaches the terms of that Injunction.
Suppliers delivering to and from the site are currently being delayed as a result. Breach of the High Court Injunction is contempt of court.
The High Court Injunction, issued on 11 July 2018 until 1 June 2020, forbids trespass on the company’s PNR shale gas exploration site and surrounding farmland. In addition the injunction:
• Prohibits unlawful obstruction of the site entrance and adjacent main “A583” road¹. This includes “lock-ons” (chaining oneself to an object or another person to deliberately prevent access) and climbing onto, or slow walking in front of, vehicles accessing or leaving the site;
• Unlawful disruption of named Cuadrilla suppliers by, for example, blockading supplier properties is also covered by the injunction.
¹ The area covered is the whole of the Preston New Road (A583) between the junction with Peel Hill to the North West and 50 meters to the east of the vehicular entrance to the PNR Site.