Day One of the United Resistance
Over 200 concerned residents marched through the rain towards Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site this morning. The #100Women March was the launch event for the United Resistance – a three-month creative campaign against fracking.
Today’s March celebrated 100 years of female emancipation but also served to highlight the health risks, of which women in particular, are susceptible to as a result of fracking.
Claire Stephenson of Frack Free Lancashire said:
“Today was a tremendous start to what will be three months of concentrated, inventive, and non-violent direct action which will show Cuadrilla that resistance to their invasive project is not going away. Today’s theme drew attention to the particular vulnerability of women to the hazards that this unwanted industry brings with it.
“Studies from the USA and Canada have shown that pregnant women living in proximity to fracking sites are at risk of premature delivery or having children with reduced birthweight, and that women in general are at greater risk from breast cancer given that many of the chemicals used in fracking, found in the flowback fluid, or which are found in the emissions from the fracking equipment have been linked to an increased risk of that disease.
“Today’s “No Fracking or Bust” action where the ground in front of the site was symbolically covered in discarded bras was a graphic illustration of this issue. There are now more than 1200 peer-reviewed studies looking at health issues related to fracking, and more than 80% of the health studies document risks or actual harms.”
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