Women from Lancashire and across the UK gathered outside the Labour Women’s Conference in Brighton to show their opposition to “fracking”.
The controversial process of extracting shale gas from under the ground by injecting water, chemicals and sand at high pressure to release gas has provoked widespread opposition in communities where exploration is taking place.
In Lancashire, where Cuadrilla has carried out exploratory drilling in Singleton, local women are prominent in community campaigns.
Tina Rothery a member of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking said: “On Friday I was at the impressive ‘Be Inspired Business Awards’ at Blackpool Tower, where the people behind business successes in Lancashire were rightfully honoured.
“Today I am in the same frock defending this county that I love from the threat of fracking”.
Justine Stopforth of Ribble Estuary Against Fracking said: “I’m worried about what fracking will do to our health and how it will affect local growers.”