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Fracking can go ahead after High Court appeal fails

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Retired businessman Bob Dennett filed the injunction against the council © Sky News Screen Grab Retired businessman Bob Dennett filed the injunction against the council

An attempt to temporarily block energy firm Cuadrilla from fracking in Lancashire has failed at the High Court.

The process will be allowed to go ahead after Mr Justice Supperstone said there was "no evidence" to show it should have been categorised as posing more than a medium risk.

Cuadrilla is now free to begin work on the UK's first horizontal shale gas well, with drilling due to start on Saturday.

Anti-fracking campaigner Bob Dennett, who applied for the interim injunction, claimed emergency response planning and procedures at the Preston New Road site were inadequate.

But the judge ruled there was not a "serious issue" to be tried which would justify an interim order.

Mr Dennett said he would continue to fight.

"We have been advised that there are two clear errors in this judge's determination that leave the way open for us now to take this to the Court of Appeal, which is what we are obviously going to do," he said.

Protesters are worried about contamination of drinking water and earthquakes © Sky News Screen Grab Protesters are worried about contamination of drinking water and earthquakes

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

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Jamie Peters, Friends of the Earth fracking campaigner, who was at the High Court, said: "In a week in which the scale of action needed to stop climate chaos has dominated the headlines, it is simply wrong to be heralding the start of a new fossil-fuel industry."

"You can have fracking or you can deal with climate change - you can't do both," he added.

Cuadrilla invited Sky News to mark its first commercial fracking on UK soil. © Sky News Screen Grab Cuadrilla invited Sky News to mark its first commercial fracking on UK soil. Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, called the ruling "bitterly disappointing" and urged the government to ditch "its reckless dash for gas and invest instead in a renewable revolution of solar, wind and tidal power".

Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan welcomed the ruling, saying in a statement: "If commercially recoverable this will displace costly imported gas, with lower emissions, significant economic benefit and better security of energy supply for the UK."

Protesters have set up camp outside the site virtually around the clock since it opened, concerned about, among other things, the contamination of drinking water and earthquakes.

Fracking had been suspended since 2011 after it caused two earth tremors - one of 2.3 magnitude.

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