Protest at city haulier

Frack­ing de­nial by Craib’s

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS JAF­FRAY

Protesters caused dis­rup­tion at a north-east trans­port com­pany yes­ter­day amid claims trucks were de­liv­er­ing frack­ing equip­ment to firms in England.

The group lay on the ground at the en­trance of ARR Craib in Aberdeen hold­ing plac­ards read­ing “Frack­ing is a dirty busi­ness” and “Stop the chain.”

Vans and other ve­hi­cles had to drive round the protesters on their way out of the site.

How­ever, yes­ter­day the haulage firm stressed that it had no contracts with any busi­nesses in­volved in frack­ing.

Po­lice were also called to the scene but said it was a “peace­ful” protest which caused no wider dis­rup­tion.

One of the five protesters, Scotty, said he had trav­elled from Dundee to take part in the demon­stra­tion yes­ter­day.

He said: “They are de­liv­er­ing frack­ing equip­ment to places like Pre­ston New Road in England as well as Sus­sex and Sur­rey – even though there is a mora­to­rium on frack­ing in Scot­land.

“Frack­ing is hugely dam­ag­ing. Peo­ple (liv­ing near the sites) cannot sell their homes and house prices col­lapse.

“We are try­ing to high­light the hypocrisy. If not for Scot- land there would be no frack­ing in England. We have ev­i­dence the com­pany is in­volved with frack­ing com­pa­nies.”

But a spokesman for the com­pany de­nied in­volve­ment.

He said: “ARR Craib Trans­port Ltd does not cur­rently have any di­rect contracts with frack­ing com­pa­nies.

“Our head­quar­ters in Dyce are an ad­min­is­tra­tive centre for the busi­ness and the ac­tions of the protesters have had very lim­ited im­pact on our op­er­a­tions or ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

Po­lice said they were made aware of the protest on Howe Moss Drive in Dyce and said of­fi­cers had li­aised with the busi­ness and protest group.

AC­TION: Protesters out­side ARR Craib’s Dyce of­fice, claim­ing the firm de­liv­ers frack­ing equip­ment

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