Local bikers take part in an anti-fracking protest ride

Local motorcyclists have taken part in an anti-fracking ride around villages in North East Derbyshire and South Yorkshire that are under threat from exploratory drilling that could lead to fracking.

Thirty motorcyclists rode the 40-mile route starting from Marsh Lane and visiting: Ridgeway, Mosborough, Halfway, Killamarsh, Woodall, Harthill, Clowne, Barlborough, Renishaw, Mastin Moor, Staveley, Barrowhill, Whittington, Unstone, Dronfield, Coal Aston, back to Marsh Lane.

Margaret Riley, a grandma from Killamarsh, organised the ride, she said: “I was horrified when I heard about the plans for exploratory drilling, particularly at Marsh Lane where the site is close to people’s homes. I believe the environmental damage will put our children and families at risk. I’m worried that laws are being changed to facilitate the frackers. I can’t stand by and let this happen – we have to get the message out there that people need to make their views known. 

“I’ve been surprised how many people don’t know about the threat of fracking so by riding through all the affected villages in our area people saw our ‘Say No to Fracking’ signs and will be talking about it now.”

The bikers were welcomed at Harthill village by members of the Harthill Against Fracking group, including Deborah Gibson who said: “It’s great to have such a visible show of support from the motorcyclists. Fracking isn’t going to go away on its own so it is important to keep it in people’s minds with events like this.”

The ride concluded at The Fox, in Marsh Lane, where David Kesteven, chair of Eckington Against Fracking thanked the group for helping raise awareness: “We’re not campaigners, we’re ordinary people but we’re battling against a company who wants to take gas from under our homes and we have to stop them. We’re saying ‘No’ to fracking and this ride has helped get the message out around the villages.”

People who want to find out more about fracking and current proposals can contact their local group on Facebook: Eckington Against Fracking and Harthill Against Fracking and Mosborough Against Fracking.

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