Protesters block ac­cess to haulage firm base in row over fracking

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - By Dale Haslam

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.”

project: Crowds at this year’s Nuart, one of the fes­ti­vals Mr Su­laiman helped bring to the Gran­ite City.

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