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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Campaigners launch last-ditch appeal to stop fracking in Lancashire

A last-ditch legal challenge to prevent fracking in Lancashire is being launched at the court of appeal.

The case brought by anti-fracking protesters, to be heard on Wednesday and Thursday, seeks to overturn planning consent that was granted to Cuadrilla by the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, last October.


Lancashire council had rejected the plans in 2015 but Javid approved them following a public inquiry. Campaigners tried unsuccessfully to challenge the decision through judicial review, which was heard in March and dismissed by a high court judge in April, but were given the right to appeal.

Cuadrilla began drilling at its Preston New Road site this month and said it expects to frack at the end of the year.

Read the full story at The Guardian