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UK High Court rules fracking can go ahead in North Yorkshire

19 December 2016

Anti-fracking campaigners have lost their legal challenge over a decision to allow fracking to take place in North Yorkshire. Third Energy was granted planning permission to extract shale gas at Kirby Misperton in May. Environmental groups and residents had challenged North Yorkshire County Council's decision in the High Court, the first fracking operation to be approved in England since a ban was lifted in 2012.

The Kirby Misperton site - Image: Third Energy
The Kirby Misperton site - Image: Third Energy

Campaigners had claimed in court the county council had not considered the impact on climate change and had not put provision in place for money to fund any remedial works at the Kirby Misperton site in Ryedale, but this was rejected by the court.

Ken Cronin, chief executive of industry body UK Onshore Oil and Gas, has said that moving towards renewable energy is the right policy but it could not happen overnight and that fracked gas has a role to play in the transition. 

He also said that whatever the type of energy the country attempted to produce there were always objectors: "The situation is that in the UK we have a problem whether it's wind or shale. Getting through the planning system involves a number of objectors."

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