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Injunction lodged to halt Lancashire fracking

Words: Laura Edgar
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An injunction has been lodged at the High Court to prevent work starting at exploration and production company Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road shale gas exploration site.

The injunction was applied for by Lancashire resident Bob Dennett on the grounds that there isn’t a “clear and robust plan” in place to evacuate residents in the event of an earthquake resulting from fracking.

Cuadrilla has two wells at the site and announced on Friday 5 October that fracking was due to start at one well this week.

On Wednesday (10 October), a full injunction hearing will take place to decide whether the injunction will be upheld, pending the outcome of a judicial review.

The judicial review, sought by Friends of the Earth, contends that Lancashire County Council’s responses to planning and procedures for Preston New Road are inadequate.

In response to the injunction, a statement on Cuadrilla’s website says the firm considers “that the grounds for judicial review are hopelessly weak”.

“We remain confident that we and LCC have undertaken all necessary risk assessments and have thorough emergency response safety procedures in place.”

Liz Hutchins, Friends of the Earth’s campaigns director, said: “The environmental risks of fracking are well-documented and issues regarding safety at the Preston New Road site have been raised before.

“It’s right that local people continue to highlight these concerns, through the courts if necessary.”

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