Friends of the Earth loses Lancashire fracking challenge

Campaign group Friends of the Earth has lost a legal challenge over a fracking site in Lancashire. The group had been challenging an environmental permit granted to fracking company Cuadrilla allowing it to drill for shale gas at its Preston New Road site. The site is one of the first shale gas exploration sites to be allowed in the UK and has been the subject of various legal challenges since Cuadrilla first applied for planning permission in 2014. In this challenge, at a hearing in November, lawyers for Friends of the Earth attacked the Environment Agency’s 2017 decision to grant
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