Court gives green light to frack­ing

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EN­ERGY firm Cuadrilla is to be­gin frack­ing at its Pre­ston New Road site in Lan­cashire on Satur­day af­ter an en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner failed in a High Court bid to block op­er­a­tions.

At a hear­ing in Lon­don yes­ter­day, Mr Jus­tice Sup­per­stone dis­missed Bob Den­nett’s ap­pli­ca­tion for an in­junc­tion pre­vent­ing the com­pany from frack­ing the UK’s first hor­i­zon­tal shale gas well pend­ing his pro­posed le­gal chal­lenge.

Mr Den­nett claimed Lan­cashire County Coun­cil’s emer­gency re­sponse pro­ce­dures at the site are in­ad­e­quate, but the judge ruled that there was not a “se­ri­ous is­sue” to be tried which would jus­tify an in­terim or­der.

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