In an effort to seemingly slow down and even stop Britain’s fracking industry, a drilling rig owned by a major British fracking firm, Cuadrilla, has been (in the words of the UK Guardian) seriously vandalized.
During the latter part of May, someone trespassed on a facility owned by PR Marriot which is one of England’s largest land-based drilling firms and stores and maintains equipment owned by Cuadrilla. Once inside, the rig had some of its equipment and pipes smashed, electric cables cut and computer equipment stolen or drilled out.
Cuadrilla’s chief executive has noted the company has been the subject protests by environmentalists but efforts by others have pressured subcontractors to end their relationships with his company. One protester said they’re protests will continue until PR Marriot’s rig is gone. No connection has been made with the protesters to the saboteurs.
However, with all of the propaganda and lies told about fracking it would not be surprising if there is a link or it is an activist with a group like Earth Liberation Front or EarthFirst. There have been many other instances of environmentalists intentionally and directly sabotaging industrial equipment of companies involved in the production and extraction of fossil fuels. There is even a movie that makes eco-terrorists and saboteurs out to be heroes.
Environmentalists continue to demonstrate their anti-industrialism agenda more and more and their using force in order to achieve their aims demonstrates the weakness of their position. Though no suspect has been identified yet, this incident fits the environmentalist modus operandi and they continue to demonstrate their anti-industrialism agenda more and more.