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Trade unionists join march against shale gas in Lancashire

TRADE unionists joined anti-fracking campaigners to march on a shale gas site in Lancashire at the weekend.

Daily protests by residents, conservationists and campaign groups have taken place near the site at Preston New Road, Fylde, against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for gas.

Local councils refused planning permission for drilling but were overruled by the government.

Among those taking part on Saturday was veteran environmental campaigner Tina Rothery, who has previously been arrested for her protests at the site.

Trade unionists supporting the demo included members from the north-west region of civil servants’ union PCS, the Lancashire region of the National Union of Teachers, and Salford Trades Union Council.

A spokesman from Frack Free Lancashire said: “The solidarity and support of the unions is vital in our campaign to protect not just our community but workers too, who would be at risk if this industry gets going.

“Whatever work or walk of life, all require safe air and water, and fracking has no place.

“With teachers talking about the limitations to what can be discussed in their classes and key workers in the public sector making clear that they are not content to be used by government and industry to do their dirty work, we have a powerful range of allies in this campaign.”

Fracking involves drilling into layers of shale, which are then shattered using a toxic mixture of water, chemicals and sand to release gas.

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