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Cuadrilla, along with local farmers, has today filed papers to the High Court, in preparation for a hearing on 31st May 2018, for an injunction covering its shale gas exploration operations at Preston New Road, Lancashire. 

The proposed injunction would replace and extend the duration of an existing injunction forbidding trespass on the company’s Preston New Road (PNR) shale gas exploration site and surrounding farmland. It would also prohibit unlawful obstruction of the site entrance and adjacent main “A” road.

This would include “lockons” (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 Cuadrilla’s supply chain by, for example, blockading supplier properties would also be covered by the proposed injunction.

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said:

Whilst we fully respect the right to peaceful and legal protest, unfortunately over the last 18 months we have seen an extraordinarily high level of unlawful protest activity. This has been directed at and impacted not just our workers but also our suppliers and other law abiding citizens using the main road passing our site for their normal daily activities. Such unlawful conduct cannot be permitted to continue, and we hope that if we can secure this injunction it will deter this unlawful behaviour which is reckless and continues to cost local taxpayers millions of pounds.”

The hearing is scheduled to take place at Manchester High Court District Registry, Civil Justice Centre, 1 Bridge Street West, Manchester M60 9DJ at 10:30am on Thursday, 31 May 2018.

All papers regarding the application to the High Court can be found here


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