Anti-fracking campaigners chained themselves together outside the IGas Energy rig in Ellesmere Port today (Friday, November 14).

Protesters staged a 'lock-on' in front of the Merseyton Road site, blocking its entrance.

Four have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

A spokesperson for Cheshire Constabulary confirmed officers were called to reports at around 11.15am and dealt with protesters who were 'causing an obstruction in the road'.

John McNamara of The Green Party, who represented the party in the Cheshire West and Chester Council by-election in the Boughton ward earlier this year, was at the scene and told the Chronicle: “Protests like this bring attention to gas extraction in the area.

 

“We are just being railroaded here. We should not be letting these companies into our communities.”

The Ellesmere Port Frack Free group vacated their camp, which was close to the intended drilling site, after a fire ripped through it last month.

IGas says it is only gathering geological data at the moment.

 

Fire forces Ellesmere Port Frack Free campers to evacuate site