A pro-fracking puppet monster was unleashed on Preston city centre this morning.
The giant ‘frack head’ attempted to frack Preston Flag Market to raise awareness for Global Frackdown - a worldwide day of action against fracking.
Crowds flocked to see the 15 foot puppet march around and deliver a booming speech in front of the Harris Museum and Gallery.
The monster said: “My name is Mr Frackhead and I will be raping and pillaging your lands.”
Mr Frackhead has toured the country and was joined in Preston city centre by members of Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth and the Frack Free Lancashire Alliance.
Helen Rimmer, North West Campaigner at Friends of the Earth said: “Mr Frackhead represents the greed of a global industry desperate to squeeze the last drops of fossil fuels from the earth, no matter the long-term cost to us all.”
Drilling company Cuadrilla has applied to frack eight wells in the villages of Little Plumpton and Preston New Road - between Preston and Blackpool - and Lancashire County Council will be making a decision on the plans later this year.
And Helen urged Lancashire County Council to turn down Cuadrilla’s proposal.
She said: “Preston is only one of many places around the world living under the threat of being fracked.
“Communities nearby in the Fylde are faced with the prospect of 24 hour drilling and flaring and risks to their environment and health.
“We want Lancashire County Council to say no to fracking and back clean energy solutions such as solar, wind, tidal and energy efficiency, which could boost the local economy and create thousands of jobs.”
A Caudrilla spokesman said: “The small group of protestors who carried out this stunt on Saturday in Preston are not representative of the majority of people in the region. The UK will need solar, wind, nuclear and gas to meet our electricity and heating needs for many years to come. Cuadrilla believes the development of natural gas from UK shale could have an important role to play in terms of securing gas supplies for the country’s homes and businesses while reducing our dependence on expensive imported gas.
“Cuadrilla has been talking to the local community at every stage of our exploration programme. Our planning applications for Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood are accompanied by comprehensive Environmental Statements which are the product of thousands of hours of work from independent expert environmental scientists and other engineering specialists. These documents show shale gas exploration can be done safely and in an environmentally responsible way.”
If you want to know more about fracking and hear views from across the county then why not attend an upcoming public meeting. Cuadrilla has been invited to speak at a fracking meeting alongside Unite the Union, Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Lancashire at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November, 4 at St John’s Minster, Church Street, Preston.