Anti-fracking groups camped outside an exploratory drill site in Salford, are staying put while the Appeal Court considers an eviction order.
The landowner, Peel, secured the right to remove demonstrators from their land at Barton Moss.
That order was due to become effective at midday today, but senior judges will now decide whether to re-examine the case.
It means protesters will add another few days to a campaign that began late last year. They surrounded the site when another firm, iGas, began testing for gas.
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