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Cuadrilla gets the go-ahead from High Court to re-start fracking this weekend

It will be the first fracking in the UK for seven years.  

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Cuadrilla gets the go-ahead from High Court to re-start fracking this weekend

An appeal to postpone the fracking start date at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site has been dismissed by judges.

 

The High Court in London today (October 12) refused a last-minute request for an interim injunction on the site as well as a Judicial Review against Lancashire County Council’s emergency response planning and procedures for the site.

 

Mr Justice Supperstone, who was heading up the case, said there was no evidence to support the claims that the Council had breached any of its duties around emergency planning.

 

It will be the first fracking in the UK for seven years.


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Francis Egan, chief executive at Cuadrilla, said: “We are delighted to be started our hydraulic fracturing operations as planned.

 

“We are now commencing the final operational phase to evaluate the commercial potential for a new source of indigenous natural gas in Lancashire.

 

‘Sad news’

“If commercially recoverable this will displace costly imported gas, with lower emissions, significant economic benefit and better security of energy supply for the UK.”

 

An additional legal challenge brought by Friends of the Earth (FOTE) regarding regulation at the site is still being considered by the High Court.

FOTE fracking campaigner Jamie Peters said: “Today’s court ruling is sad news for local residents who have long fought against this dirty industry and the risks it poses to their environment and the climate.

 

“You can have fracking or you can deal with climate change – you cannot do both.”

 

The process is expected to take about three months to complete.

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