12 January 2018
Frack Free Lancashire today expressed deep disappointment that two high court challenges brought by local campaign groups against the Secretary of State and Cuadrilla, have failed in their attempts to halt drilling in Lancashire
In 2015, Lancashire County Council democratically refused planning permission for Cuadrilla’s application to carry out exploratory hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road, on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire.
Cuadrilla subsequently appealed to the Secretary of State, who in October 2016, controversially overturned the local council’s decision and gave Cuadrilla the go-ahead for planning permission. An ongoing legal battle has continued since then, with the campaign group, Preston New Road Action Group, bringing a judicial review at Manchester Court of Appeal earlier this year and a subsequent appeal at the High Court in London.
Lord Justice Simon, Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Henderson today handed down the decision at the High Court in London, dismissing both cases.
A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:
“We are hugely disappointed that these appeals were dismissed today. We remain resolute and determined to counter and challenge any plans for fracking in Lancashire and beyond, and additionally, continuing to support those communities who are subjected to this industry being forced upon them.
“Public opposition to this filthy technology continues to grow, as does ourwillpower to fight this insidious industry which poses far too many risks to our health, environment and ultimately our climate change targets.
“The fight continues.”
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