An environmental campaigner has failed in a High Court challenge to temporarily block energy firm Cuadrilla from fracking the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well.
A High Court judge has ruled against an injunction sought by environmental campaigner Robert Dennett who had tried to obtain a last minute court order against Cuadrilla to prevent the start of shale gas fracking.
Cuadrilla is due to test gas to see whether it is viable but if the operation is a success then up to 20 wells could be built. Mr Dennett tried to get an injunction and argued that the emergency planning and response functions of Lancashire county council in relation to shale gas fracking are inadequate.
However Mr Justice Supperstone refused his application for an interim injunction.