FRACK FREE LANCASHIRE – Nov 15th 2017 & Jul 4th 2018
These are portraits of some of the Women in White, and with their families. The Women in White are local heroes who every Wednesday morning meet outside the Hydraulic Fracking site on Preston New Road, Lancashire to lead a peaceful demonstration against it.
Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.
The women dress in white and first have a 15 minute silence, this is a message to ‘call for calm’ and a safe environment in which they can peacefully protest, then they open into song and dance. These mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunties stand up for themselves, their community, their hometown and future generations. Because of the controversy surrounding this fracking site they also pay homage to the past, wearing the sass of the suffragette. This is because the local people democratically voted NO to fracking in their area, and the Local Authority of Lancashire County Council refused planning permission for the fracking site. However, the British Government overruled these verdicts, and announced, incidentally the day after the Paris Climate Agreement, that fracking will take place on this site.
In October 2018 fracking began.
The Women in White continue their efforts receiving enthusiastic support from locals and have even gained international attention.
At this moment fracking has temporarily halted due to the continued and increased intensity of seismic activity.
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© 2018 Kim J. Vermeulen