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Energy firm: fracking decision 'great news' for business

An energy firm planning to frack for shale gas in Lancashire says a High Court decision that allows them to go ahead is "great news".

Frackoiing site in Lancashire Credit: PA Images

The Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) and campaigner Gayzer Frackman had urged a judge to find that the decision to grant a planning application for the site in Fylde was not fair or lawful.

But Mr Justice Dove, announcing his decision at the High Court in London on Wednesday, dismissed their judicial review actions.

Protestors at the site Credit: PA Images

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla said:

“We are very pleased that the Planning Inspector’s recommendation and the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning consent has been upheld by the High Court. We respected the democratic right of those opposed to this consent to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision.

However we always remained confident that that the planning consent would stand, particularly after such a lengthy and thorough review of the application and positive recommendations for approval by both the professional Planning Officers at Lancashire County Council and subsequently an experienced Planning Inspector.

This is also great news for all those local businesses and workers in Lancashire that are currently and will in the future be benefiting from the increased revenue and job opportunities that our operations are bringing to the county. Work continues on the construction of the exploration site and we look forwards to progressing to the drilling stage of our operations within the next couple of months.”

– Francis Egan