Protesters block access to haulage firm base in row over fracking
A ROW over fracking south of the border has spread 300 miles north as protesters targeted a city haulage firm. Environmental campaigners sat on the road at the entrance to ARR Craib Transport’s base, on Howe Moss Drive in Dyce blocking vehicle access yesterday. The anti-fracking protesters have alleged the firm transports goods to a fracking site in Lancashire – though the company claims it does not currently have any direct contracts with fracking companies. The five campaigners – and one dog – arrived at about 11.30am yesterday and left at 4pm. Police Scotland knew of the protest in advance and supervised at the scene. Some people believe the method of extracting gas or oil is a sound way of accessing energy resources, but others believe it can contaminate the water supply. One of the campaigners, who would only be identified as Polly, said she had come from Edinburgh to sit on the road and did not belong to a particular group. She said: “We want ARR Craib to pull out of its fracking contract, which we understand to be quite small.
“It is a company with other healthy contracts so I don’t think it would make a huge financial impact. “Eddie Stobart pulled out of a similar contract in response to a similar protest and increased its ethical status with young people who care about the environment.
“It would be harder if it was ARR Craib’s main contract and it has got to think of its workers’ wages, but we don’t believe this is the case.”
A written statement from the protesters added: “This peaceful action has been carried out in support of the residents of Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Lancashire, who have had the fracking industry imposed onto their community.” Polly claimed campaigners have written to ARR Craib Transport to ask about its contacts with fracking companies “but have not received a satisfactory response”.
An ARR Craib Transport spokeswoman said: “We do not currently have any direct contracts with fracking companies.”
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