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Fracking Protesters react to losing legal appeal

Fracking

6:16pm 12th January 2018
(Updated 8:29am 13th January 2018)

A legal appeal against fracking in Lancashire has failed.

Three Court of Appeal Justices ruled that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, acted properly when he overturned Lancashire's decision against fracking.

It is the second time campaigners have lost a challenge to fracking.

They previously tried to overturn the Secretary of State’s decision through the High Court, which dismissed their claims last year.

The Court of Appeal also refused further appeals over fracking at the Supreme Court.

Preston New Road Action Group were disappointed.

A spokeswoman for the group said:

“We are deeply disappointed at the decision made following our appeal at the High Court in August last year.

“Our community has been marginalised and dismissed in favour of a decision made in the depths of Westminster. 

“Over 100,000 people objected to this fracking application.

"In addition, our parish council, Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council rejected the application.

"They had a duty of care to local residents and they fulfilled that duty.

"They determined that the risks of this industry far outweighed any benefits to the local community.
 
 “By overruling Lancashire County Council, this decision only benefits big business.
 
 “We will now take time to scrutinise the decision documents and liaise with our legal team.

"Our end goal has not changed: we are still intent on achieving justice for the Preston New Road community."

But a spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire said:

"The fight continues."

 

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