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Campaigners refuse to back down despite High Court ruling

The High Court has today ruled against a group of protesters who have set up camps in East Yorkshire to prevent energy firms fracking in the area.

The company which owns the site, Rathlin Energy, say they have no plans to frack in the area, but the campaigners built barricades across the entrance.

James Webster has been at one of the sites getting reaction to today's decision:

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Fracking: 'Robust regulation and monitoring is vital'

Robust regulation and comprehensive monitoring are vital to ensure the public acceptability test is met when it comes to fracking, Labour's Shadow Energy Minister has said.

Tom Greatrex said: "With 80 per cent of our heating coming from gas and declining North Sea reserves, shale and other unconventional gas may have the potential to form a part of our future energy mix.

"There are legitimate environmental concerns that must be addressed before extraction is permitted.

"David Cameron's Government must take these issues seriously rather than drawing simplistic and irresponsible comparisons with the USA."

His comments come after the government announced the bidding process for licences to explore shale gas will open today.

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Mapped: The areas opened up for fracking in Britain

A map shows the areas of Britain potentially available for shale gas exploration - also known as fracking.

Areas in yellow are already licensed, while those in blue are now available for bids.
Areas in yellow are already licensed, while those in blue are now available for bids. Credit: DECC

As shown above, the areas in blue are those available in the latest round of licensing, while those in yellow signify areas where licences have already been awarded - including Blackpool, Brighton and Portsmouth.

More information can be found on the Department for Energy and Climate Change website.

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East Midlands trains still to run despite strike action

The majority of services will run but some will be replaced by buses
The majority of services will run but some will be replaced by buses Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

The East Midlands train service is reassuring passengers that the majority of services will continue to run despite strike action.

Train maintenance staff in the Unite union have walked out from Sunday until Thursday.

The service has warned though that some trains may have fewer carriages and others will be replaced by buses.

  • A full train service will run to/from Skegness, Boston, Sleaford, Grantham and Nottingham.
  • The majority of train services will run as normal between Derby, Uttoxeter, Stoke on Trent and Crewe.
  • Trains between Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester and Nottingham will run as normal.

Buses will replace trains on the following routes:

  • Nottingham - Mansfield / Worksop
  • Doncaster - Lincoln
  • Nottingham - Newark North Gate - Cleethorpes via Lincoln
  • Derby - Matlock
  • Leicester - Lincoln

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